Vale Mr John Ware OAM

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is saddened to hear of the passing of a past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Mr John Ware OAM.


John was a National President of PSA and State President of PSA (Vic) Branch Ltd., and was one of only a small number of Australians to have been awarded a Fellowship of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). He contributed globally in the field of Pharmacy including as President of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum and as President of the FIP Foundation.


As Chair of the Victorian College of Pharmacy he led the team that negotiated integration of the monodisciplinary College of Pharmacy into a single faculty structure of Monash University. He was subsequently Chair of the Faculty Council of the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University.


John and his wife Nariel have provided the Ware Fellowship investing in postdoctoral research at the Faculty into leadership in pharmacy.


PSA National President Associate Professor Chris Freeman said “John had demonstrated sustained dedication to the pharmacy profession and had been a driving force in the development and expansion of the role of the pharmacist in Australia.”


John was one of the key establishers of the concept of pharmaceutical care in Australia supporting pharmacists to develop their professional skills, enhancing their role in medication management and assisting the profession to strive forward.


“On behalf of PSA I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to his wife Nariel, his family, friends and many colleagues.”


John was recently awarded a Victorian Lifetime Achievement Award by PSA. This was presented by PSA Victorian President Mr John Jackson in December 2020.


Mr Jackson said: “John has worked tirelessly and given much of his life to professional pharmacy both in Australia and internationally and leaves a huge legacy to the profession. He will be missed.”