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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.


As a practicing community pharmacist I work part time in two rural settings and am increasingly active in various other roles within the pharmacy sector.  My responsibilities within the pharmacies include staff training and implementation of professional services.  I very much enjoy and gain great professional satisfaction through remaining as a practicing pharmacist.

As a Support officer for PSA’s Practice Support program, National Office, my role is to mentor Pharmacists professional advancement, including the implementation of professional programs and maximising business opportunities through ‘Health Destination Pharmacy’.  This job takes me regularly interstate to work with a wide variety of pharmacies and stakeholders.

Since 2011 I have held the position of Senior Clinical Tutor and assistant facilitator for the Tasmanian National Intern Training Program (NITP) with PSA.    I am passionate about assistant recent graduates improve their skills and knowledge, with the aim to improve the health workforce of the future.

I hold the position of Academic Placement Co-ordinator Pharmacy, UTAS, which enables me to develop new clinical placement opportunities and assist undergraduates prepare for future practice.

I am a contract pharmacist for the Tasmanian Pharmacy Authority and a member of PDL Local area committee.


I have been a pharmacist for almost 10 years and worked in community pharmacy for approximately five years prior to that.  My pharmacy career has seen me work in a number of community pharmacies and also at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

I am currently the Pharmacist Manager at Risdon Vale Pharmacy and have been employed at the pharmacy for three years.  I am also accredited to perform medication management reviews and have been conducting home medication reviews for four years.  Within the pharmacy company that Risdon Vale Pharmacy belongs to, I have the role of assisting with pharmacist professional development, as well as the development of professional services.

I am currently enrolled in a Master of Clinical Pharmacy, which is near completion.  In 2013 I completed a Diploma of Management and was an inaugural member of the PSA Ignite Leadership Program.  I was also fortunate to win the PSA Australian Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2013.

Currently I am studying a Certificate of Wound Care through Monash University and PSA’s Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice


Dr Shane Jackson commenced a Doctorate in Pharmacy Practice in 2000 after graduating with a bachelor degree in Pharmacy in 1998. Completing his doctorate in 2004, he was awarded an inaugural National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) Fellowship from 2004 to 2006.

During that time, he became proprietor of Tasman Pharmacy at Nubeena (2004), and in 2010 opened a new pharmacy at South Arm also in Tasmania. While completing his postgraduate studies and operating the pharmacy businesses, Shane also worked extensively in aged and community care. Along with two other pharmacists, he established Consultant Pharmacy Services, a leading provider of medication review services to consumers in aged and community care settings.

From 2006 to 2010 Shane was a Board Director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and from 2008 to 2014 he was the Tasmanian President of the Society. He is a Clinical Reference Lead with the Australian Digital Health Agency, a Director of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) and Chair of the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee.


David has been a PSA member since graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2005. David was the first National Chair of the ECP group in 2009 which included representation at the PSA Board meetings. David is also a pharmacy owner of two Priceline pharmacies in Launceston and an accredited pharmacist.


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 8 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.


Catherine has been a registered pharmacist for over 18 years, originally from the UK, and has worked in a broad variety of roles in pharmacy including community, primary care, hospital and academia. She has also worked in a variety of senior management roles in Hospital Pharmacy in the UK, where she developed an interest in patient safety and quality improvement. She made the big move from London to Tasmania with her Tasmanian born husband and two young sons in 2009 and gained Australian registration as a Pharmacist in 2010. Roles in Tasmania have included a period of secondment to the position Director Medication Strategy and Reform, DHHS; and the last four years, as lecturer in clinical Pharmacy and therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy, UTAS. She has a passion and enthusiasm for training and education and would like to see more expanded roles for Pharmacists evolve. Catherine is extremely keen to see Pharmacists skills as the ‘Medicines expert” used more effectively in Healthcare in Australia. She is currently working as the project manager for the HealthPathways project in Tasmania for Tasmania Medicare Local, but still advocates for the profession at every available opportunity.


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 at the University of Tasmania, practices in hospital and consultant pharmacy and does locum work in rural communities.  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 perspective of consumers with chronic disease.  These insights have increased her passion to improve the viability and service-oriented focus of the profession.


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