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. Chris was appointed PSA National President in 2019 and served until June 2022. 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.
His Board responsibilities include the Governance committee.