Four outstanding WA pharmacists celebrated

PSA’s national President Dr Fei Sim, winners Ayomide Ogundipe, Professor Kevin Batty, Laura Stewart, Keiran Batavia and WA State President Lusi Sheehan.

Proud to call each of them ‘one of ours’, PSA WA State President Lusi Sheehan lauded the four winners of the 2023 WA Pharmacist Awards held in Perth last week.

‘These pharmacists have truly demonstrated the full scope of pharmacy practice in their respective faculties, have traveled beyond the regular roads of pharmacy and are outstanding in the heart of our profession,’ Ms Sheehan said. ‘They commit 100% to their roles, are passionate in the future of pharmacy and are leaders of our profession. We are proud to call them “one of ours”.’

And the winners are: 

Intern of the Year

Keiran Batavia MPS | Interned at Pharmacy 777 Applecross, Perth

Supporting the profession, and its future (students), Mr Batavia juggled internship responsibilities with professional services, and during the pandemic, especially, engaged students, newly registered pharmacists, hospital and community pharmacists and those in rural and metropolitan areas, and now leads the WA Early Career Pharmacist Social Group.

ECP of the Year

Ayomide (MIDE) Ogundipe MPS | PhD candidate Curtin Medical School, Perth

The national MIMS Intern of the Year in 2019, Ms Ogundipe is completing a PhD investigating pharmacists’ adoption of technologies for advanced clinical services, which are challenged by the under-utilisation of cybersecurity protocols despite the increasing importance of linked and shared electronic patient data.

Pharmacist of the Year

Laura Stewart MPS | Proprietor Pharmacy 777 Karratha and Port Hedland

Through mining booms and busts, cyclones and floods, Ms Stewart has put rural and remote community pharmacy first for more than 17 years, helping expand health services, like the Indigenous pharmacy outreach service for Mawarnkarra Aboriginal Medical Services, which previously received its medicines from a supplier 1,600 kilometres away.

Lifetime Achievement

Professor Kevin Batty FPS | Director of Pharmacy, Curtin Medical School, Perth

With years of research interest in pharmacokinetics and the pharmaceutical science of antimicrobial drugs, Professor Batty’s 40-year career covers hospital pharmacy and academic teaching and leadership. His research supports practice changes and treatment improvements that positively impact the health of the most vulnerable in our populations.