PSA Pharmacist of the Year

7 October 2011

A West Australian hospital oncology pharmacist, who is renowned for being an enthusiastic teacher and mentor, has been named Pharmacist of the Year in the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Excellence Awards.

Michael Cain, of the Cancer Clinical Service Unit of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital at Nedlands, WA, was presented the award at PAC11 today.

The PSA Excellence Awards recognise individual achievement and the important contribution that the pharmacy profession makes to the whole of Australian society.

They also acknowledge the achievers of the profession: those involved in innovative practice; those who are striving to raise practice standards; and pharmacists who, through their professionalism, provide a model of practice which others strive to emulate.

Mr Cain said after the presentation that he was both honoured and humbled to receive an award of this magnitude.

“My 20-year involvement in cancer chemotherapy delivery has been a source of personal satisfaction. This public recognition, bestowed at a national level, by the broadest possible representation of my peers, represents a very significant personal milestone, and inspiration for the future,” he said.

“Cancer medicine has proved a rich field of opportunity for pharmacist involvement and I consider myself privileged to be involved. Cancer management is very much about teams and as such I have many colleagues and mentors to thank. In many ways I accept this award recognising their support and guidance.

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