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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : November 2006
news news People in Pharmacy Australian pharmacy’s elite Professor Andrew McLachlan and Claire O’Reilly (pictured) were announced 2006 Pharmacist and Young Pharmacist of the Year during the opening of the Pharmacy Australia Congress in Cairns recently. Professor McLachlan was recently appointed Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care) at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, is a lecturer at the University of Sydney and is a regular speaker at phar- macy conferences and seminars. He serves on the Australian Sports Drug Agency Committee, the Pharma- ceutical Health and Rational Use of Med- icines Committee, and the pharmaceuti- cal subcommittee of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee. In accepting the award, Professor McLachlan commented that he felt like he had contracted some ‘tropical mad- ness’ and was humbled by the names who had come before him on the Award. He also thanked his family for allowing him to pursue his ‘great indulgence’. Sydney-based Ms O’Reilly was com- mended for having demonstrated an out- standing commitment to developing a ful- filling and productive career as a pharmacy professional and was dedicated to advancing the cause of the profession. She has an interest in mental health and is involved in a collaborative project between community pharmacists and mental healthcare practitioners. Ms O’Reilly, who serves on the PSA’s NSWBranch Council and is also president of the branch’s Young Pharmacist Com- mittee, told PAC delegates that her shock at winning the award was heightened when discovering that her parents had travelled to Cairns to witness the event without her knowledge. The Pharmacist and Young Pharma- cist of the Year Awards are sponsored by Symbion Healthcare. Student of the Year For the second year running, a Queens- lander has won the Pharmacy Student of the Year Competition. Katherine Webb was among fellow state finalists when she accepted her award on stage at the PAC gala dinner which was hosted by media personality Julie McCrossin. In what was said to be a very even contest, Ms Webb was judged to have performed best in a range of mock patient-pharmacist coun- selling situations. Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1989, shortly after the completion of his doctor- ate at the University of Kansas and sev- eral years working in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States. Major awards he has received include the GlaxoWellcome International Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Drug Dis- covery Project of the Year Award from the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association Medal and the Controlled Release Society International Career Achievement in Oral Drug Delivery Award. Professor Charman is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and has authored or co- authored more than 320 scientific papers and communications. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sci- ences and a member of four international editorial boards. Pharmacy Assistants Conference ’06 Charman new Dean of Victorian College of Pharmacy Professor William (Bill) Charman has been appointed as the next dean of the Victorian College of Pharmacy. Professor Charman will take up the post from 1 Jan- uary 2007. Professor Richard Larkins, vice chan- cellor of Monash University, made the announcement recently. Professor Char- man will take up his appointment when the current dean of the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Professor Colin Chapman, steps down at the end of this year. Professor Charman is professor of pharmaceutics and director of the Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation. He has taught the undergraduate and postgradu- ate programs at the college. He joined the 8 ? THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL 87 NOVEMBER 2006 Tasmanian GSK Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Shelley Worsley, national winner Courtney Keen, Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president Kos Sclavos and Victorian winner Luisa Cardamone Brown caught up at the recent Pharmacy Assistant’s Conference on the Gold Coast. Mr Sclavos gave an interactive presentation on pharmacy-only medicines, while Ms Keen presented on the importance of pharmacy assistants and her experiences with the GSK Pharmacy Assistant of the