PSA remembers the late Professor Andrew Gilbert AM

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is saddened by the recent passing of one of Australia’s most influential pharmacists.


Last Friday, 20th August, Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert AM, peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to pharmacy as an educator, researcher, and administrator and to professional organisations.


Professor Gilbert, PSA Fellow and former Director of The Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, was internationally renowned for his research and consultancy work in areas of medicines policy and health practice change.


PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, was deeply saddened by the passing of his mentor and friend.


“The loss of Professor Gilbert, Andy, affects me deeply. He had such a big influence on my career. Andy was a mentor who took me under his wing, provided me with many opportunities, and offered a voice of reason when I felt uncertain. I know he played a similar role for many in the pharmacy profession. I am lucky to have called him a friend.


“Andy was instrumental in securing federal funding of Home Medication Reviews for at-risk people in the community, and further research on medication management issues in the veteran community.


“His research led to the publication and national adoption of the Professional Practice Standards with another program of research that enhanced outcomes for residents of aged-care facilities through improved medication use.


“In 2005, he was awarded the Pharmacist of the Year Award and the South Australian Pharmacist of the Year in 2004, for his work in medicines policy development, implementation and evaluation, pharmaco-epidemiology, and health practice change.


“Andy also contributed to the initiation of the ‘Veterans MATES’ program at the University of South Australia now led by Professor Libby Roughead. This unique program provides direct patient-based feedback to medical practitioners regarding medications provides to veterans.


“In recognition of his lifelong contribution to the pharmacy profession, PSA awarded Andy with Life Fellowship in 2019, at a ceremony in Adelaide attended by his family, friends and colleagues.


“PSA extends its condolences Andy’s wife Marg, his daughters Kate and Alice, and the rest of his family. His legacy and impact on pharmacy practice will not be forgotten,” A/Prof Freeman said.





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