Thanks from the profession

PDL’s NSW local advisory committee says farewell and thank you to two long-term members

Two long-serving members of the PDL NSW Local Advisory Committee (LAC) – Peter McBeath and Albert Regoli – have said farewell to the organisation after a combined 60 years of service.

Mr McBeath and Mr Regoli were farewelled by the continuing members of the committee and by PDL deputy chair Gilbert Yeates (PDL Director for QLD) at a function on the 26 November.

Peter McBeath

Peter McBeath started with the Board of PDL NSW (as it was then) in 1984. He has served the pharmacy profession generally and the pharmacists of NSW specifically for 35 continuous years, working alongside Bob Mallard and others in often unheralded but important behind-the-scenes work.

Albert Regoli [l] with Gilbert Yeates

Albert Regoli served alongside Peter for much of that time, starting in 1984 and including a four-year term as director for NSW on the PDL National Board. In this time, he has overseen much of PDL’s work including working with software suppliers to improve patient safety and pharmacist peace of mind.

Meanwhile, the PDL NSW/ACT Local Advisory Committee has welcomed two new pharmacists who will make the committee more representative of PDL members generally, with Olivia Collenette (ACT) and Harriet Wright (NSW) joining after a thorough recruitment process.

Olivia is an early career pharmacist who has worked in both the ACT and NSW and who brings an understanding of the complexities of both systems to the committee.

Harriet Wright is a rural pharmacy owner and brings both rural pharmacy and industry experience who will work with continuing LAC members Katrina Short (committee Chair and hospital pharmacist), Curtis Ruhnau (community pharmacy owner and current director for NSW) and Georgina Woods (HMR accredited community pharmacist).

Mr Ruhnau said: “When we were looking to replace Peter and Albert on the committee it was important to us that we be representative of our members, and with Olivia and Harriet alongside the continuing members we think we can be.

“We hope to continue the great work already done by Peter, Albert and many others in service of pharmacists in NSW/ACT and Australia.”

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