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Joint winners for PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year

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July 28, 2018

Talented intern pharmacists Angelica Lagoda (QLD) and Deanna Mill (SA) are the joint national winners of the PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Presented at PSA’s flagship conference PSA18 today, the award recognises intern pharmacists who demonstrate outstanding performance in their development as professional pharmacists, acting as role models amongst Early Career Pharmacists (ECP).

Ms Lagoda completed her internship at LiveLife Pharmacy Keppel Bay Plaza, while Ms Mill completed hers at Flinders Medical Centre in Bedford Park.

Ms Mill has contributed to PSA SA/NT ECP Working Group initiatives such as World Pharmacist Day and the PSA ECP White Paper. She has been described as an intuitive systems thinker, continually evaluating the environment and constraints she works within to identify opportunities to improve.

Ms Mill has conducted multiple interdisciplinary practice-based research projects within the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) to improve patient outcomes. Her research has been recognised through awards at events such as PSA17, where she won Best Oral Presentation.

During her intern year, Ms Lagoda became an integral part of the community and network of health professionals in Yeppoon. Mental illness was her central focus. She completed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, got involved with her local council as a pharmacist representative to coordinate activities for Queensland Mental Health Week, and created a mental health service in her pharmacy.

She was a representative on the PSA QLD ECP Working Group and presented at the Rural Pharmacy Special Interest Group Forum at PSA17 on students’ perspectives on working in non-metropolitan areas. Her preceptor described her as “a bright, rising star in pharmacy who is years ahead of herself in leadership ability, initiative and overall clinical competence.”

Robert Best, CEO and Executive Director of MIMS Australia, MIMS New Zealand, eHealthwise and Board Member of the MSIA (Medical Software Industry Association) said, “MIMS has been and continues to be committed to supporting young healthcare professionals from all parts of the healthcare ecosystem. It is with immense pleasure that we support community and hospital pharmacists and the interns within them by providing world class medications information.

“Being able to reward excellence to young innovative people is extremely exciting for the team at MIMS. This is the 6th presentation of the MIMS PSA Intern Pharmacist of the Year Award. And, we trust that this year’s winner will consider to take advantage of the opportunities this award provides.”

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson congratulated Ms Lagoda and Ms Mill on their achievements and dedication to the profession.

“The joint winners completed their internships to an exceptionally high standard, showing great initiative and openness to collaboration,” Dr Jackson said.

MIMS Australia is the leading sponsor of the award and contributed the major prize of $5,000 for the winners to put towards attending any pharmacy or educational conference approved by PSA.

MIMS Australia has been publishing medicines information since 1963 and is the leading supplier of trusted, quality, independent medicine information to Australian healthcare professionals, known for its high level of editorial integrity and independence.


Media contact:
Jarryd Luke
Senior Communications Officer
0487 922 176

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