WA winners: outstanding pharmacists recognised


Three exceptional Western Australian pharmacists have been recognised for their high standards, professionalism and commitment to pharmacy in the PSA WA pharmacy awards

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a ceremony was unable to be held, however the winners were presented their awards in person by PSA WA President Dr Fei Sim.

Angela Boyatzis received the Pharmacist of the Year Award and Karis Butler Early Career Pharmacist of the Year with Pascale Ng Cheong Tin presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Sim congratulated Ms Boyatzis on her achievement and impressive work in the area of sleep management and health care.

“Angela has not only trained extensively in the area of sleep but has also implemented this service in her pharmacy to her patients and trained other colleagues as well,” she said.

“Over the years, Angela has strengthened ties with other health professionals including doctors, physiotherapists and dietitians and she is driven to provide the best health care to her many patients for a long period.

“Angela is an excellent example of the good work pharmacists do on a daily basis and I congratulate her on this much deserved award.” 

Dr Sim also paid tribute to Early Career Pharmacist of the Year Karis Butler, who has improved burns management and care provided to burns patients in community pharmacy.

“Karis is a passionate Early Career Pharmacist who is driven to improve burns management in community pharmacy,” she said.

“Noticing a gap when it came to burns management, Karis has worked tirelessly towards closing this gap working closely with The Fiona Wood Foundation and guiding other pharmacists on how to implement important steps in their pharmacy when it came to burns management.

“Our profession is in safe hands with early career pharmacists like Karis coming through the ranks and I thank her for her contribution to our profession.”

In congratulating Pascale Ng Cheong Ng Tin on her lifetime Achievement award, Dr Sim pointed to her dedication of over 30 years spent educating the next generation of pharmacists.

“Pascale has made significant contributions to the pharmacy profession as an educator, advocate and innovator,” she said.

“Her positive impact has been felt by many and the positive feedback from her students, who are now pharmacists, is testimony to her selfless character and enthusiasm in educating future pharmacists.

“As a long standing fellow of PSA who keeps giving back to the profession, Pascale is indeed a real asset to pharmacy.” 

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