Faculty of Health

University’s Division of Pharmacy shines at State awards

University of Tasmania Pharmacy talent shone recently when lecturer Angus Thompson was named 2017 Pharmacist of the Year.

A top honour amongst pharmacists, the award was presented by University of Tasmania Bachelor of Pharmacy (PhD) graduate and National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Dr Shane Jackson, at the Annual Tasmanian Pharmacy Dinner in Launceston.

The award was bestowed upon Mr Thompson in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession in Tasmania, and nationally, as an educator, practitioner and advocate.

Mr Thompson said it was both a surprise and an honour to receive the award.

"As Tassie has so many great pharmacists, it was a bit of a shock to get this award,” he said.

“But it was a great honour to know that the work I do is thought of so highly.

“The reality is that credit needs to go to those around me who enable me to be the pharmacist I want to be."

A lecturer in Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice at the University’s  School of Medicine, Mr Thompson began his career as a hospital pharmacist and has worked in a variety of pharmacy settings since.

After moving from the UK to join the University of Tasmania in 2008, Mr Thompson has been involved in many research projects looking at improving the in-patient management of community acquired pneumonia, repeatable antibiotic prescriptions in the community and the impact of guidance on GP prescribing of antibiotics.

Associate Head of Pharmacy Associate Professor Luke Bereznicki said Mr Thompson was a worthy recipient of the award.

“Countless students have been fortunate enough to have been taught by this outstanding pharmacist - he has inspired many young pharmacists with his passion for embracing all aspects of pharmacy practice and challenging himself,” he said

“Angus is a strong advocate for patients and the profession [and] speaks up at injustices without vested interests, fear or being encumbered by politics.

“He is a worthy recipient of an award recognising the selfless acts and wide ranging influence he has had in the last 10 years in Tasmania.”

The achievements of University of Tasmania Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate Loren Shirley were also recognised at the dinner when she received the Early Career Pharmacist Award, while alumnus Harvey Cuthill OAM was presented with the Tasmanian Pharmacist Lifetime Achievement Award.