Pharmacists recognised in Australia Day Honours

Tuesday 26 January 2021


The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) congratulates pharmacists and educators in the pharmacy profession on their Australia Day Honours.


Several pharmacists and respected contributors to healthcare and pharmacy received awards, including:

  • Professor William Charman – Office of Order of Australia (AO)
  • Professor Peter Carroll – Order of Australia (AM)
  • Colonel William Kelly (retired) – Order of Australia (AM)
  • Mr Rodney Whyte – Medal of Order of Australia (OAM)
  • Mrs Judith Ann Ingham – Medal of Order of Australia (OAM)


PSA National President, Associate Professor Chris Freeman, congratulated all recipients for their awards, saying it recognised their contributions to the Australian health sector, to pharmacy and to the broader community.


Colonel Kelly (Retd), ACT Branch Vice President, received his AM for his significant service to pharmacy through a range of roles.


“Bill’s award recognises a sustained and broad leadership career which includes Chairperson of the Pharmacy Board of Australia and the ACT, Colonel Consultant Pharmacist in the Australian Army, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head, Professional Division at the PSA.”


Professor Carroll, a PSA Board member, received his award for his significant contribution to pharmaceutical education and community health.


“Professor Carrol has been largely responsible for the introduction of a number of very significant practice changes during his long and distinguished career. His work on expanding the role of community pharmacists in NSW in the administration of vaccines has without doubt had a very significant effect on patient welfare and overall community health.


“Peter has provided a significant contribution in the education of students studying Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy as well as the continuing professional education of GPs, Nurses and Pharmacists,” A/Prof Freeman said.


Professor Charman received his AO for distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly to the pharmaceutical sciences, and to professional organisations.


“Prof Charman’s career is unparalleled at both a national and international level. His leadership in pharmacy education has actively shaped pharmacist practice across the globe while translating his significant research for the betterment of human health. Bill has represented pharmacists at the highest international level in his role on the Board and the Executive Council of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.”


PSA 2017 Victorian Pharmacist Medal winner, Mr Whyte OAM, received his award for service to pharmacy, to professional societies, and to the community.


Mrs Ingham received her OAM for service to the community and to pharmacy.


A/Prof Freeman paid tribute to the contribution of the award recipients.


“It is fitting to see the work of these respected professionals recognised with their Australia Day honours – a tribute to their ongoing work on their own behalf and those they work with and for,” A/Prof Freeman said.


“They have earned their awards for many years of dedication and commitment to pharmacy and Australian society – PSA congratulates them.”