2012 Young Pharmacist of the Year: Brooke Myers

In the citation accompanying her nomination for the Young Pharmacist of the Year, Brooke Myers’ nominators wrote that she was making a great difference in underprivileged pharmacy student communities worldwide.

‘First PNG, now Sri Lanka and Pacific communities, the impact of her work is enormous and mirrors her work at home as an Early Career Pharmacist leader and champion,’ they wrote.

Brooke said she was humbled, but thrilled to have won the award for 2012.

‘My love for pharmacy started as a bright eyed and bushy tailed 17-year‑old student pharmacist at James Cook University in 2003,’ she said.

‘Since then I have endeavoured to immerse myself in health education and promotion and to make the most of any opportunity I have been given. We are part of a brilliant profession, one that has already given me more and pushed me further than I ever imagined it would. This award is the highlight of my career.

‘I feel honoured to be on the same list as the previous recipients of this award, who have each inspired me by their enthusiasm and dedication. I am encouraged to be a better pharmacist every day by the people that I work for, and with, and by the strong mentors I have found within the profession. I am also encouraged by the students I teach and the patients I see, what an honour it is that we can positively influence the health care of our country.

‘I am extremely grateful to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and to Symbion, for this accolade. I am dedicated to this profession and cannot wait to part of the future of pharmacy’.

– from Australian Pharmacist November 2012