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Deanna Mill

After graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honors from the University of South Australia, Deanna undertook her internship at the Southern Adelaide Local Health network working across multiple public hospitals in the network.

 

Deanna is a passionate early career pharmacist and was recognised as joint PSA intern pharmacist of the year in 2018 for efforts in practice-based research and improving interprofessional education in her workplace.

 

Upon registration Deanna broaden her experience by working in both hospital and community practice in metropolitan and rural South Australia. On a mission to enhance pharmacist professionalism, Deanna is currently completing a PhD at the University of Western Australia investigating Australian pharmacists use of professional practice resources and professional behaviour more broadly. She is also currently involved in teaching in the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of South Australia and Master of Pharmacy program at the University of Western Australia.

 

Deanna has been involved in the state and national Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Early Career Pharmacist group for several years and was elected to the SA/NT PSA Branch Committee in 2021. Deanna now serves as the current PSA Early Career Pharmacist Board Appointed Director and her responsibilities include chair of the PSA Early Career Pharmacist Community of Special Interest and Member of the Membership, Products & Services Committee.

Renae Beardmore

Renae is an experienced health consultant with a successful background in both public and private sector organisations. Renae has worked for thirty years in health, covering the spectrum from policy development through to patient care and clinical delivery.

 

Starting her career as a community pharmacist, including several years as proprietor of two pharmacies, has given Renae a hands on understanding of what constitutes best practice patient care.

 

Since entering corporate life, Renae has worked as Pricing Advisor to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and has held the role of Chief Pharmacist of the Australian Capital Territory. She now works as a consultant to both Government and the private sector with a special focus on the Life Sciences Sector.

 

Renae is a National Board Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Federal Committee of Inquiry.

Anne Todd

After qualifying as a pharmacist in 1988, Anne Todd worked extensively in the north of Tasmania as a locum pharmacist. Anne purchased the Centre Pharmacy in June of 1996. After four years of running this busy seven-day-a-week business she sold the pharmacy at the end of December 2000.

 

Since then Anne has had a diverse pharmacy career as a locum and accredited pharmacist, NPS and HMR facilitator with the Division of General Practice, which became Tasmania Medicare Local. Under the Pharmacy Board of Tasmania she was involved in the intern training program, prior to the change to national registration with APHRA.

 

Anne has worked in around 40 different pharmacies in her 30-year career. Most recently she has been working for the University of Tasmania based at the Launceston Clinical School providing support to pharmacy students and preceptors when on placement and to medical students in their aged care placement. She has been a member of PSA since graduation and a Tasmanian Branch committee member for over 10 years, heavily involved in supporting continuing education events in the North of Tasmania for most of that time.

Michelle Lynch

Michelle Lynch BPharm, MPS, MAICD is a National Vice President and joined the Board in January 2014.

 

She has been a pharmacist since 1996 and has worked in hospital and community pharmacy, and as a consultant for an independent specialist consulting firm that specialises in medication management and pharmacy services.

 

She is the General Manager – Operations for Pharmacy at Ramsay Health Care.

 

Her Board responsibilities include Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and a Member of the APF Editorial Board.

Associate Professor Christopher Freeman

After graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from James Cook University, Chris undertook his internship at Rockhampton hospital in regional Queensland. Upon registration, Chris continued in his capacity at the hospital while also engaging in part-time work at various community pharmacies in and around Rockhampton. During this time, Chris enjoyed the mix of acute interdisciplinary care in the hospital setting and the chronic care delivered in community pharmacies. Practicing in a regional setting inspired Chris’ sense of community of practice and collaborative care.

 

Eager for new experiences and to be closer to family, Chris relocated to Townsville, North Queensland to take up a position as Pharmacist in Charge and Manager of a small community pharmacy. Chris concurrently worked at James Cook University, tutoring students in clinical dispensing practicals. Here, Chris honed his managerial skills while also fostering a desire to grow his academic research and teaching skills.

 

The emerging field of consultant pharmacy was rapidly growing, and Chris turned his attention to becoming accredited with a view to undertaking comprehensive medication reviews. Chris moved to Brisbane to further this aim and took a position at APHS Pharmacy Aged Care division, supplying medicines to aged care facilities. Acknowledging the importance of lifelong learning, Chris enrolled into a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Queensland to further his clinical skills. Upon receiving his accreditation, Chris transferred into the clinical arm of the business and conducted comprehensive medication reviews for residential aged care patients across the country in both metropolitan and regional areas.

 

Inspired by the research component of his postgraduate clinical degree and the desire to improve patient health through collaborative and interdisciplinary care, Chris completed his PhD in 2012. His research and clinical work at this time explored how pharmacists may be integrated into the general practice setting, alongside General Practitioners to expand the benefits of pharmacist care.

 

Amongst other roles, Chris presently works as a Clinical Associate Professor, NHMRC TRIP Fellow, and the Director of the Centre for Optimising Pharmacy Practice-based Excellence in Research (COPPER) at the University of Queensland and as a Consultant Practice Pharmacist at Camp Hill Healthcare.

 

Chris’ professional contribution began in 2009 when he joined the PSA’s Early Career Pharmacist working group of the Queensland Branch, being elected as Chair soon after. He was appointed to the Queensland Branch of the PSA in 2012, serving as Vice President from 2013 until he was appointed to the National Board in 2015. In 2016, Chris was elected National Vice President of PSA with significant contributions to the policy, advocacy and innovation at the organisation. Between 2015 to 2017, Chris also served as a PSA appointed director to the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy.

 

Throughout his career, Chris has served on external committees and advisory boards, most notably on the steering committee of the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot, which laid the foundation for pharmacist administered vaccinations.

 

In 2012, Chris became the first Australian pharmacist to obtain specialisation in ambulatory care pharmacy under the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (USA) and in 2015 was a part of the initial cohort credentialed as Advanced Practice Pharmacists by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

 

Chris was awarded the Australian Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2011 and the Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year in 2014 for his contribution to the advancement of patient care and to the pharmacy profession.

Caroline Diamantis

Caroline Diamantis is a passionate community pharmacist with over 30 years of experience in pharmacy ownership.

 

Shortly after completing her Bachelor of Pharmacy at Sydney University, she was able to fulfil her dream of buying her first pharmacy, where she realised the importance of differentiating pharmacists as professionals, advocating clinical pharmacy and the professional services model.

 

Caroline went on to become a director on the board of Blooms the Chemist, where she spent several years advocating for female pharmacy owners and gender diversity in industry leadership positions, and mentoring early career pharmacists (ECPs) into ownership roles with programs designed to support and engage.

 

Caroline was elected as Vice President of the NSW Pharmacy Guild in 2017. In this role she continued advocating for community pharmacy, particularly clinical pharmacy, and for pharmacists to be acknowledged and remunerated fairly for their role in primary health care and the critical difference they make to health outcomes.

 

Other Pharmacy Guild positions have included chairperson of the Viability sub-committee and Finance and Risk sub-committee, and alternate National Councillor.

 

Caroline is a passionate advocate for recognition of the profession during crisis, seeking acknowledgement and financial support from the NSW government. She is committed to addressing workforce issues, including mentorship to ECPs and support and advocacy for appropriate pharmacist salaries, and determined to achieve full scope of clinical practice.

Benjamin Marchant

Benjamin is currently the Director of Pharmacy at Mildura Base Public Hospital. Benjamin has worked in multiple practice settings in his career to date, including community and hospital pharmacy and as an accredited pharmacist in both metropolitan and rural settings. Benjamin is an accredited immuniser and was the first Victorian pharmacist to administer a vaccine to the public in 2016.

Benjamin has been a member of the Victorian branch committee of PSA since 2010 and has held roles of Vice-President and Branch President. He holds multiple governance and clinical committee positions within Mildura Base Public Hospital. Benjamin has been a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council Accreditation Committee. Benjamin was also a key member of the Expert Advisory Group to DHS on the SafeScript project.

Andrew Sluggett

Andrew is a longstanding member of PSA (SA/NT) Branch Committee, volunteering for more than 10 years but also contributing as Co-vice president since 2014.

 

Andrew is Chief Pharmacist and General Manager of CPIE Pharmacy Services, an innovative pharmacy organisation comprising a community pharmacy, private hospital pharmacy and an aseptic compounding facility. In recognition of Andrew’s contribution and commitment to advancing the practice of pharmacy, he received the PSA (SA/NT) Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2014.

 

Andrew completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Pharmacology in 2001, followed by a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2004. He completed his intern year at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and was then a clinical/manufacturing pharmacist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

 

Andrew joined CPIE Pharmacy Services in 2007. He leads this diverse and innovative pharmacy organisation to deliver a range of pharmacy services supporting transition of patients from hospital back to the community.

 

He contributes to several private hospital governance committees, manufacturing and compounding working groups. Andrew is an Adjunct Lecturer with the UniSA Pharmacy School and Flinders University, providing internship and placement opportunities for undergraduate pharmacy students.

 

Warwick Plunkett

Warwick Plunkett (AM) BPharm, FPS, AFACP, MAICD has been a Board member since July 2007, including National President for 1996 &1997 and 2008–11.

 

He has been a pharmacist since 1975.

 

Mr Plunkett is also:

  • Partner, Newport Pharmacy
  • Chair of the PSA Offshore Conference Committee
  • Chair of the Minor Ailments Program Working Group
  • Chair of the Governance Committee
  • Chair of the PSA Conference Program Working Group
  • Chair of the Pharmacy Self Care Working Group
  • Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • PSA representative, the Australian Prescriber Editorial Advisory Committee

Dr Fei Sim

Dr Fei Sim is a Senior Lecturer and the Coordinator of International Engagement in the Curtin Medical School at Curtin University, Western Australia (WA).

 

Dr Sim served as the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) WA Branch between 2017-2021, and currently serves as a PSA National Board Director. Dr Sim is an AHPRA-registered practising pharmacist, a co-proprietor of two community pharmacies, and a Pharmacy Board of Australia-appointed Oral Practice Examiner.

 

Dr Sim holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with First Class Honours, and is a qualified pharmacist immuniser and an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is a Fellow of the PSA and the Higher Education Academy, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Sim serves on a number of profession and academic-related committees.

 

Her Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award in 2014, the PSA WA Early Career Pharmacist Award in 2018 and the National Early Career Pharmacist of The Year Award in 2019 are testaments to her commitment to patient care, learning and teaching, leadership in pharmacy, innovation and initiative in pharmacy service delivery, as well as peer and professional engagement.