Women in pharmacy

What readers said about our poll to determine pharmacy’s 10 Women of Influence

Readers have reacted positively to the results of our poll to determine pharmacy’s 10 Women of Influence, revealed earlier this week.

Consultant pharmacist Debbie Rigby (pictured) topped the poll by one vote ahead of pharmacy academic Lisa Nissen. 

Pharmacist Joyce McSwan commented; “Congrats to everyone listed and not listed !! A well deserved list indeed. How nice to see a good variety across the industry. Well done ladies! Keep up all your good work as you continue to inspire the profession!”

Another reader, ‘Notachemist’ said: “Congratulations to all. In addition to all these well known faces of pharmacy are lots of wonderful female (and male) pharmacists caring for their patients and their local communities. Pharmacy’s strength is the quiet achievers who are known and loved by their patients, the communities they work in and the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals they collaborate with”.

The PSA issued a release celebrating that “seven of the top 10 pharmacists are PSA members and several of these women hold or have held senior leadership roles and elected positions for the organisation”.

PSA CEO Dr Lance Emerson said the results were a testament to the outstanding leadership, commitment and innovation shown to the profession by these highly influential pharmacists.

“It’s fantastic to see these talented pharmacists playing such a vital leadership role in all aspects of pharmacy practice and healthcare. They are continuing to expand and strongly influence the important role that pharmacy – and PSA – plays in improving the health of the Australian community”. 

PSA’s Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Innovation Dr Alison Roberts – ranked Number 4 in the survey – said she was delighted to be recognised among the list of influential women.

“All of these women have the same things in common: passion, purpose, drive and a willingness to take risks and accept leadership roles. I think the great thing is the spectrum of practice that the people on this list represent and their areas of influence.”

PSA Early Career Pharmacist (ECP) National Board member Taren Gill – ranked Number 8 – said it was an honour to be acknowledged in the survey.  “As an ECP, I am delighted to be on the list and, like the other women, I have a strong focus on serving our patients and our communities, which has extended to serving the profession,” Ms Gill said.

Professor Lisa Nissen, a member of PSA Queensland’s Branch Committee and a former PSA Queensland President – ranked Number 2 – said she was honoured to be included in such an inspiring group of women.  “It’s a great testament to the profession that this list is only the tip of an iceberg of outstanding women working towards the future of pharmacy,” Professor Nissen said.

Here’s a selection of social media responses to the poll.

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