THE Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has recognised the Australian Capital Territory's top pharmacists as part of the 2024 PSA Excellence Awards in Canberra on Sat (PD breaking news).
The ACT Pharmacist of the Year is Kirstin Turner who is a is a Credentialed Pharmacist and Credentialed Diabetes Educator practising in both general and private practice in the ACT.
Working with patients of all types of diabetes diagnoses, Turner specialises in medication optimisation for elderly patients experiencing diabetes-related complications, and she continues to give back to the profession by mentoring and sharing more than a decade of clinical practice experience with recently credentialed pharmacists.
The PSA's joint ACT Early Career Pharmacists of the Year are Alicia Martin and Jaqueline Lockley.
Martin is a community pharmacist in Canberra's south and is the founder of TaperMate, a mobile app to help patients safely taper off their use of medications that cause withdrawal symptoms, particularly in the mental health space.
Lockley is a community pharmacist in Canberra's inner north suburb, utilising pharmacogenomic testing to support specialised patient care.
The ACT Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amanda Galbraith who is the state's Acting Chief Pharmacist.
Galbraith has led work to develop pharmacists' scope of practice through the expansion of pharmacist-administered vaccines and the opportunity for Canberra pharmacies to supply treatment for urinary tract infections, improving access to care for Canberra women.
She has also held a number of leadership positions across the pharmacy sector, including as President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (ACT branch), a Pharmaceutical Defence Limited Director, and presently as Chair of the Australian Pharmacy Council's FARM Committee. JG
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