PSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Gerard Stevens, has been further honoured by being made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the pharmaceutical industry and to community health.
Mr Stevens introduced the Webster system that reduces nursing home medication administration errors, allows collaboration with allied health professionals, reduces medication wastage and government costs, and encourages better use of pharmacists’ clinical and educative skills.
He has been managing director of Webstercare Medication Management Systems since the 1980s and Chair of the Dean’s Community Pharmacy Reference Group, University of Sydney, since 2009.
He has also been technical adviser to the Department of Health and Ageing for several years.
Mr Stevens has also addressed compliance in Aboriginal communities and an example of the success of the Webster system Clamshell is compliance in the Tiwi Islands where medication collection alone has increased to more than 60 per cent.
Pharmacist Dr Lynn Weekes, Chief Executive Officer, NPS Medicinewise, since 1998 has also been made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to community health through the promotion of quality use of medicines.
National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, congratulated Dr Weekes and Mr Stevens on their recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“Both Dr Weekes and Mr Stevens are most deserving of this award and both epitomise the high standards, dedication and commitment that is a feature of the profession in Australia,” Mr Kardachi said.
“They are both great examples of the very high standards that consistently make the profession one of the most trusted professions in Australia and their example is one which provides inspiration to all other pharmacists.”
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