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Tasmanian Branch Committee biographies

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The following biographies were supplied by Branch Committee members and are listed alphabetically by surname.


Dr Luke Bereznicki is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Head of Pharmacy and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). He is a pharmacist with 15 years experience working in the health care sector, and has been an academic at UTAS since 2007. Luke is also co-Director of the pharmacy-practice research group UMORE. Luke’s career is focussed on improving pharmacy practice in Australia through education, research and advocacy, and he was the 2008 PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year. He has published over 150 original and professional peer-reviewed papers and attracted over $6.5 million in competitive funding. His research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of pharmacist involvement in a variety of quality improvement activities in both hospital and community settings, and this work is internationally recognised. Luke has been a member of PSA since he graduated in 2002 and was first elected to the Tasmanian Branch Committee in 2008, where he held the position of Vice-President from 2008-2013. He was the Tasmanian Branch-appointed National Director of PSA between 2011 and 2015, and was also a PSA-appointed Board Director of the AACP between 2012 and 2015.


After growing up in North-West Tasmania, I studied at and graduated from the University of Tasmania in Hobart with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours in 2012. After my studies I decided to return to Northern Tasmania and began my career as a hospital pharmacist in Launceston, where I have remained since. As an early career hospital pharmacist, I have provided pharmaceutical care to many Tasmanians across many different clinical areas, as well as spending time specialising in the area of infectious diseases. During this time, I have also completed a Graduate Certificate of Applied Pharmacy Practice and a Diploma of Leadership and Management, both through the PSA. ln 2016 I was elected to the position of Chair of the PSA Tasmanian Early Career Pharmacist Working Group and also represent Tasmanian ECPs on the PSA National Early Career Pharmacist Working Group.


I have been a PSA member since 2004.  I feel fortunate with the opportunities that PSA has provided as education and networking opportunities as well as ongoing invitations for members to provide input into various pharmacy areas including advocacy and innovation. PSA is interested in its members and allow us to have a voice.

I have been a pharmacist for 12 years and have worked in community and hospital pharmacy.  I am the managing partner at Risdon Value Pharmacy where I have worked for 6 years. I have undertaken formal study with a Master of Clinical Pharmacy, Diploma of management, Graduate Certificate of Applied Pharmacy Practice and a Graduate Diploma in Wound Care.  I am also accredited to conduct HMRs and have undergone Asthma Educator training.  I believe it’s important to have a strong knowledge to assist patients to achieve their best health and to encourage colleagues and staff to also assist patients in the same way.

I have served on the PSA Tasmania Branch Committee since 2014.  I have enjoyed this opportunity and feel I have been able to contribute through this role.  I have recently represented PSA on the Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program Advisory Committee.


I was President of the Tasmanian Branch of PSA since 2008-2014, and have returned to the PSA branch committee in last 2016. As many of the PSA members may know, I have a broad background in pharmacy. Having spent a number of years as a community pharmacy locum, I became a proprietor of a community pharmacy at Nubeena in 2004, in 2010 opened my second pharmacy with partner in South Arm. Whilst actively working in community pharmacy I completed a PhD in pharmacy practice also in 2004. I held a position of Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania until 2010. My involvement at the University nowadays extends to clinical placements and delivering lectures on medications reviews, advanced practice and pharmacist prescribing to 4th year pharmacy students. I have performed medication reviews in aged care and for community based patients since 2004. I have a long involvement with PSA, I have chaired groups that have developed recent editions of the Code of Ethics, the national Competency Standards for pharmacist and I continue to be a member of policy groups with PSA.


Dr Kenneth Lee is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Tasmania, and a locum community pharmacist. He graduated from a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours in late 2010 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy) in late 2015, from Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia). Kenneth was the 2015 PSA (WA Branch) Early Career Pharmacist of the Year, in recognition of an online forum that he created to assist WA-registered pharmacists with keeping up-to-date with practice-relevant information.

Kenneth was an active member of the PSA (WA Branch) Early Career Pharmacist Working Group (ECPWG), and is currently a member of the Tasmanian ECPWG. Additionally, Kenneth has been involved with the Review Working Group for the 2017 PSA Code of Ethics, as well as reviewing a section of the Clinical Monographs for the APF 24.

Outside of Kenneth’s PSA involvements, he co-facilitates Twitter discussions on @WePharmerOZ – the Australian arm of an international, inter-professional Twitter community comprising over 100,000 members. Kenneth is also the Treasurer for the Health Informatics Society of Australia (Tasmanian Branch), where he seeks to gain a better understanding of how IT can be optimally utilised in healthcare practice.


Member of PSA since graduating from UTas in 2005. Community Pharmacist local to Launceston area, including now owning and running two Priceline Pharmacies in Launceston for the last six years – it’s not all rosey in Community Pharmacy world at the moment. Compounding Pharmacist with PCCA. AACP Accredited with ~200 HMRs completed in 8 years of accreditation. No longer an Early Career Pharmacist, but I still feel like one! Looking for the new opportunities that present!

Father of 1.5 (due April 2017), married for 5 years. Home owner in Launceston. 2 dogs. Home-brewer, bushwalker, volleyballer, golfer.

Current Branch Committee Member with PSA, previously ECP representative to the national board when ECP committees were first being established across Australia. Wanting to progress pharmacy for all pharmacists, in collaboration with other Pharmacy industry representatives.


I have been a registered pharmacist in Tasmania for approx 35 years. Of that time 25 years in community pharmacy both as a pharmacy owner and pharmacist-in-charge and 10 years in hospital pharmacy with eight years as pharmacy manager.

I have been an accredited pharmacist since 2004.

All of my practice has been in regional areas and I am a strong advocate for support for pharmacists who practice similarly. I have been the CPD pharmacist coordinator for the northwest coast Tasmania for over 15 years now.

I am the PSA rep for the RuralSIG.

I am a Counsellor with NMAA (now ABA, Australian Breastfeeding Association) for almost 20 years but still maintain a special interest in infant feeding and early parenting. I am the PSA rep for the Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania.

I have been a Tasmania Branch Counsellor for some years now.


After qualifying as a pharmacist in 1988 I worked extensively in the north of Tasmania as a Locum Pharmacist. I purchased the Centre Pharmacy in June of 1996.After four years of running this busy 7 day a week business I sold the pharmacy at the end of December of 2000. Since then I have had a diverse pharmacy career as a locum and accredited pharmacist, NPS and HMR facilitator with the Division of General Practice and with the intern training program under the Pharmacy Board of Tasmania, prior to the change to national registration with APHRA. Most recently I have been working for the Tasmania Medicare Local as a program officer and the Launceston Clinical School providing support to medical students in general practice and aged care. I have been a member of the Pharmaceutical Society since graduation and a Tasmanian Branch committee member for the last 10 years, heavily involved in supporting continuing education events in the North of Tasmania for most of that time.


Ella’s wide range of pharmacy experiences have provided her with an excellent understanding of the range of challenges facing pharmacists in the 21st century. She has completed a PhD and lectured at the University of Tasmania, and practiced in a hospital setting. She currently practices as a consultant pharmacist, community pharmacist locum in rural communities, and a pharmacist advisor within Primary Health Tasmania. Ella has been a PSA member since her intern year and has represented Tasmanian early career pharmacists nationally and locally since 2009. She has been a member of the Tasmanian Branch Committee since 2013, and held the positions of Vice President and President since that time. Ella understands not only the needs of the profession, but what consumers need from the profession. She is a mother, with another on the way, and has experienced the healthcare system from the perspective of consumers with chronic disease. These insights have increased her passion to improve the viability and service-oriented focus of the profession to provide greater satisfaction for consumers and pharmacists alike.


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