10 Oct, 2014
A Victorian academic pharmacist who has been one of the country’s leading drivers in developing Quality Use of Medicines standards as well as recognising the value of partnerships between pharmacists, GPs and patients has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the PSA’s Excellence Awards announced in Canberra today.
Associate Professor Roller was recognised as one of the profession’s most effective and passionate advocates who has influenced the profession both academically and clinically through the development of a patient-focussed pharmacy course.
Associate professor Roller said he championed evidenced-based practice and professionalism in pharmacy.
“I think, I can sum up my attitude in the following way, I love my students and I love (warts and all), my profession of pharmacy,” he said.
“I feel, this award is awe-inspiring; but, I believe there are many more pharmacists out there who are equally worthy of this award.”
PSA National President Grant Kardachi said Associate Professor Roller was a very worthy recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Louis’s passion for the profession and his love of teaching have had a very positive and long-lasting influence over the many thousands of pharmacy graduates he has taught,” Mr Kardachi said.
“He has worked tirelessly to improve the education of undergraduate pharmacy students as well as pharmacy practitioners and this work has had a very positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians across the county.”
Brett Barons, General Manager – Pharmacy, of Symbion, sponsors of the awards for the tenth consecutive year, congratulated Associate Professor Roller on his award.
“Louis Roller has devoted his entire life to the profession and to the development and enhancement of the highest-quality education that continues to influence the ways pharmacists practice,” Mr Barons said.
“Symbion is proud to sponsor this award which honours a man who has made such a significant contribution to the education of pharmacists, the Quality Use of Medicines and the philosophy of collaborative care.”
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