Pharmacy pays tribute to a leader of the profession
Australian pharmacy has lost a leader of the profession following the death of Stephen Marty, former chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Mr Marty was the Board’s inaugural chair, serving for six years from its formation in September 2009, till 30 August 2015.
He was appointed to the Pharmacy Board of Victoria in 1989, before succeeding Alistair Lloyd, his former Army Reserve commanding officer, as its Registrar in 1998.
He told AJP in 2015: “In 1998, I was appointed registrar of the Pharmacy Board, I dropped out of my role at the Society and I’ve been here since!.”
His successor as Pharmacy Board of Australia chair, Bill Kelly, said upon taking over the role: “As the Board’s inaugural Chair, Steve’s contribution both in the planning for, and in the transitioning of the various state Pharmacy Boards to the Pharmacy Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) has been outstanding.
Steve’s knowledge of pharmacy and pharmacist regulation is second to none, and his willingness to share this knowledge for the betterment of the profession and the protection of the public has brought him well-earned high praise. Thank you, Steve”.
In a statement, the Board said: “The passing of Stephen Marty, the inaugural Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board), is acknowledged with sadness by the Board and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Steve, as everyone knew him, was an experienced and hard-working regulator who held many roles in pharmacy regulation. He was Registrar of the Victorian Pharmacy Board before the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) which saw his appointment as the inaugural Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia in 2009, a position he held until his retirement in 2015″.
“Board members and AHPRA staff will remember Steve as a humble and hardworking man and extend their deepest sympathies to his family.”
Current Board Chair Brett Simmonds said Steve had made a huge contribution to the establishment and leadership of the new Pharmacy Board and to the work of the National Scheme more widely.
‘He was passionate about the pharmacy profession and about enabling pharmacists to provide quality services for the benefit of the community,” he said.
The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia George Tambassis said Stephen Marty was a diligent chair of the Pharmacy Board whose commitment to the pharmacy profession was second to none.
“He consistently applied the highest standards to ensure the profession’s reputation and ability to meet the needs of the Australian public were uncompromised,” Mr Tambassis said.
“He was a particular advocate for community pharmacy and recognised – and supported -the central role the sector plays in Australia’s healthcare system.
“Steve was a friend and mentor to many in the profession and as Chair of the Board could be unflinchingly tough, but always fair, when the need arose.”
Mr Marty also served for many years as Registrar of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority before also retiring from this role in 2015.