10 Oct, 2014
NSW rural pharmacist Taren Gill has been named the PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year for 2014 during a ceremony at PAC14 today for her work as a community pharmacist and innovator in pharmacy practice.
Ms Gill’s award also recognises her extensive aged care work and her university mentoring and teaching as well as her commitment to quality program development.
Ms Gill said: “I am so pleased that the PSA recognises the achievements of early career pharmacists and I am excited and humbled to be receiving this recognition.
“I see this as a celebration of my efforts and challenges of growing as a professional while the pharmacy industry is changing, and I will use it as a springboard for further learning and development.”
National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said Ms Gill had proven at a young age that she was inspirational and was willing to move the profession forward through practical innovation and commitment.
“Her work in her community pharmacy has seen a wide range of practice innovations implemented which have resulted in better service for customers and as well as greatly improved business outcomes,” Mr Kardachi said.
“She is well known for her penchant for innovation and is committed to making sure pharmacists channel their enthusiasm into the programs the customers and community need. She believes in equality of health care no matter where you live.”
Brett Barons, General Manager – Pharmacy, of Symbion, sponsors of the awards for the tenth consecutive year, said Ms Gill stood out among an exceptional field of candidates.
“Taren is clearly very excited about the future of the profession and the role pharmacists can play moving forward,” Mr Barons said.
“She is an advocate of collaboration with other health professionals in improving health outcomes in the community and she leads by example.”
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