Victorian Police pharmacist Robert Jamieson (pictured) has been awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s 2013 Victorian Pharmacist Medal. The honour recognises the contribution of pharmacists at the “grass roots” level in improving health outcome and the wellbeing of the general public. Victoria State President of the PSA, Michelle Lynch, said that through the award, the PSA Victorian Branch Committee sought to highlight the work of many quiet achievers within the pharmacy profession. “Robert Jamieson is one of these achievers who has worked passionately and tirelessly in various areas of pharmacy practice since 1971,” she said. “He studied nutritional medicine before it was mainstream and later was one of the first pharmacists to establish a wellness centre within his pharmacy. “As a community pharmacy owner Robert was one of the first small group of pharmacies to embrace pharmacotherapy.” Jamieson said it was humbling to be recognised for his work, and he said his earlier work in community pharmacy and in harm minimisation gave him the knowledge and skills to implement in the Victoria Police service.
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