The Gold Award for the PSA Pharmacist of the Year recognises the winner’s important contribution to the profession.
The winner’s achievements are an inspiration to those pursuing innovative practice; to those striving to raise standards; and to pharmacists who, through their professionalism, provide models for others in related disciplines, educational institutions, government, industry and community service.
The award of Pharmacist of the Year is based on a significant achievement in an area of excellence within the year or a recent period.
The Pharmacist of the Year will receive the prestigious PSA Excellence Awards gold medal, along with a Symbion Education Grant, valued at $8,000.
The prize must be take up within 12 months of receipt unless other arrangements are made during that time.
Current and past Pharmacists of the Year
Remote pharmacist and tireless advocate for improvements in Aboriginal health, Andrew ‘Robbo’ Roberts, has been named the PSA Pharmacist of the Year for 2015.
Mr Roberts is also renowned for advocating an extend scope of practice for pharmacists to improve health in rural and remote communities.
NSW pharmacist Lindy Swain has been named the PSA Pharmacist of the Year for 2014 for her work as a clinician, innovator, teacher and researcher in rural areas, and in particular in improving the health outcomes of indigenous Australians.
Victoria pharmacist Dr Jenny Gowan has been named the PSA Pharmacist of the Year for 2013 for her work in advancing pharmacy practice and for wide-ranging scope of work to which she constantly brings innovation and new ideas.
A lifelong commitment to patient care and the quality use of medicines led to West Australian pharmacist, Deirdre Criddle, being named Pharmacist of the Year.
Deirdre was described by her nominee as an example of a pharmacist who demonstrated that ‘with dedication and drive you can make pharmacist involvement in patient care and quality use of medicines education essential.
Michael Cain, a West Australian hospital oncology pharmacist renowned for being an enthusiastic teacher and mentor, is the 2011 Pharmacist of the Year.
He works at the Cancer Clinical Service Unit of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital at Nedlands.
Karalyn Huxhagen is based in Mackay, Queensland, and is a passionate community pharmacist and advocate for rural pharmacy.
She is renowned as a leader and change agent across all levels of health care.
Her endeavours have helped to improve service delivery and health outcomes for Australians living in rural and remote areas.
Community pharmacist and forward dispensing pioneer Nick Logan has won the 2009 PSA Pharmacist of the Year award.
Nick Logan from Artarmon in Sydney has built a successful practice which focuses on the development of an innovative professional model of pharmacy practice.