March was a big month for Curtin’s pharmacy alumni with Curtin graduates winning all categories of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) WA Excellence Awards.
The event, which recognised the best and brightest pharmacists in the state, gave awards in four categories, the PSA MIMS Western Australian Intern of the Year, the WA Young Pharmacist of the Year, the WA Pharmacist of the Year and the WA Life Time Achievement Award.
“The quality of candidates for the WA Excellence Awards was exceptional this year and judges remarked on just how difficult their task was,” says PSA WA Branch Vice President Russell Hill.
PSA MIMS Western Australian Intern of the Year
Master of Pharmacy graduate, Joseph Foster, was named as the PSA MIMS Western Australian Intern of the Year Award winner. The prestigious Intern of the Year Award acknowledges the achievements of exceptional pharmacist interns in developing skills for their professional career. Interns are recognised for striving to raise standards to provide a future model for the practice of pharmacy, before being fully registered.
Foster completed his internship at Brooks Garden Chemmart Pharmacy in Albany. There, he demonstrated an outstanding commitment to patient care and community engagement. Joseph has also driven community engagement in his local region.
“Mr Foster identified an opportunity to improve the effectiveness of communication and referral processes between pharmacists, patients and other health professionals,” says PSA WA Branch President Teresa Di Franco. “This drove him to build a business plan and develop a website to improve the referral channel between a pharmacist and a doctor, as well as other health professionals.”
The award also puts Foster in the running for the national PSA MIMS Intern of the Year, which will be chosen from the state/territory finalists. The winner will be announced at PSA16 conference in Sydney from 29 to 31 July.
WA Pharmacist of the Year
WAIT graduate Noel Fosbery has spent his career delivering high-quality pharmacy services for the health and wellbeing of his community. As the proprietor of two community pharmacies, Fosbery has established clinical services to ensure his pharmacies are considered health destinations.
WA Young Pharmacist of the Year
Teresa Di Franco completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes in 2012 and has combined her experience as a credentialed diabetes educator with her pharmacy skills to become a passionate advocate for patient care and leader for her profession.
WA Life Time Achievement Award
In 2006 Jeffery Leach completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Curtin and has worked tirelessly to promote the pharmacy profession and has focused on the continual innovation required to keep pharmacy at the cutting edge.
As the founding chairman of the Friendlies Chemists Group, Jeffery Leach has recognised the need to innovate and evolved his stores and the Friendlies Group to meet the challenges faced by the profession and ensure the delivery of necessary services to the community.