2011 Young Pharmacist of the Year: Chris Freeman

A dedication to the profession of pharmacy, and a motivation to practice within the profession, saw Queensland pharmacist Chris Freeman named the Young Pharmacist of the Year.

Mr Freeman is renowned for his commitment to collaborative health care. His PhD aims to investigate integrating a pharmacist into a primary health care team with an overall goal to increase the quality use of medicines. For the past two and a half years he has worked in an integrative environment and has facilitated other pharmacists into this environment across Australia.

Mr Freeman said, ‘I am honoured to receive the PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year Award. Looking back at the previous recipients, I am encouraged by the impact they have been able to have on our profession.

‘I hope that my career will also positively influence the pharmacy profession. I would like to thank the many people who have acted as mentors and as guides during my career. It is through their good grace that I have been able to achieve what I have to date.

‘I believe it is an exciting time to be a young pharmacist, with the evolution of the health system we are ideally placed to extend our roles and ultimately provide positive health outcomes for patients.’

– from Australian Pharmacist, November 2011