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After moving from Sweden 20 years ago, Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year Fred Hellqvist MPS, owner of Dover Pharmacy, has become a leading voice for rural pharmacies across Australia. What brought you to Dover, Tasmania, from Sweden? As part of any...
PSA life member Steve Cohen is not slowing down on a mission to improve medicines safety. He tells of the many changes he’s seen in a career spanning half a century. What started you on your road to advocacy around...
Images of holidaymakers being evacuated by Navy ship as bushfires closed in on Mallacoota have made the Victorian coastal town a global symbol of the unprecedented nature of the bushfire crisis. In the lead-up to New Year’s Eve, up to...
Three outstanding pharmacists recognised at the 2019 Victorian Pharmacists Dinner in Melbourne last week represent the difference dedicated members of the profession make every day to healthcare in the community. The executive officer of the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS), Kay...
Claire O’Reilly was an intern pharmacist when a patient experience got her thinking about a pharmacist’s role in improving mental health care. Now she’s Dr Claire O’Reilly FPS – academic, mental health researcher and trainer. How did you find this...
night pharmacist

Night moves

Dimitra Tsucalas FPS, co-owner of Ascot Vale Supercare Pharmacy, has seen it all. From late-night triage, shift workers, opioid seekers and everything in between, she says the best thing about 24-hour trade is the ability for patients to access...
Megan Tremlett MPS and Sue Carson MPS are two pharmacists forging new roles outside the norm in pharmacy. At PSA Queensland’s Annual Therapeutic Update this month, participants heard how they are following their dreams by pursuing work that was not...
pharmacovigilance

The Inspector

The pharmacovigilance inspector role is fairly new to Australia. It requires tact, tenacity, excellent time management and travel. Sarah May became the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s first pharmacovigilance inspector in 2015. How did you become a pharmacovigilance inspector? It was by...
Deirdre Criddle FPS is a complex care coordinator pharmacist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in WA, and also a senior pharmacist steering professional services and development. It keeps her busy – and inspired. Can you tell us what your complex...
Luke Vrankovich MPS, a former locum and one half of the Roaming Pharmacist duo, gained an online following living life on the road. So how is pharmacy ownership working out? Can you describe the ethos of The Roaming Pharmacist? It...