Innovative men’s health program honoured at awards ceremony
Pharmacist Brad Butt honoured at gala dinner for his pioneering work establishing Mens Health Downunder.
After identifying a serious gap in the support for men post prostatectomy in 2013, ACT pharmacist Brad Butt established Mens Health Downunder. Since then, the program has attracted national attention and expanded into areas such as Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction and other urological issues.
Through its new approach to traditional practice, Mens Health Downunder invites all community pharmacists to rethink their businesses in terms of both better patient care and positive business outcomes. For his contribution to the profession, Brad was recognised last night at the UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Awards gala dinner where he won the top prize.
Now in its eighth year, the Awards are sponsored by AstraZeneca, and recognise pharmacists who share UTS’ passion for embracing innovation, implementing professional services and, in the process, redefining the profession. Brad wins a medal, $5,000 towards professional development and the opportunity to share his innovation with pharmacists across the country.
“I am very proud to say that Mens Health Downunder is now the largest Men’s Health pharmacy clinic in Australia,” says Brad. “While many of our patients are referred by GP’s, Urologists and sexual health clinics, we are finding more and more patients self-referring for additional advice and support.”
The impact of the program cannot be overstated. Brad explains it has reduced stigma around the topic and reduced depression in patients. “In the last 12 months we have seen over 1,000 patients and their partners who would otherwise have had little to no further support with their urological health issues. This has an immeasurably positive impact on patient mental health.”
In addition, Mens Health Downunder runs an annual allied health practitioner conference, GP education event and a patient forum in a Q&A format. “This gathering is a great opportunity for practitioners to gain insights and network. We are also planning to run ‘masterclasses’ in the future to increase our reach to as many men as possible,” he continues.
I am very proud to say that Mens Health Downunder is the largest Men’s Health pharmacy clinic in Australia.
2019 Winner of the GSH Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award
Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Pharmacy at UTS, Warwick Plunkett, spoke highly of Brad’s approach. “Despite many excellent nominations, the judges felt that Mens Health Downunder was the most innovative. It is a highly original service in a therapeutic area that is often shrouded in ignorance, which is the epitome of the award’s overriding objective,” he notes.
During the ceremony, several UTS Pharmacy students were selected to receive awards and scholarships for dedication to their studies. These include Luke Bradford, Naila Mubeen, Pauline Ngo, Jasper Ho, Malu Katz, Martina Yousif, Georgia Hughes, Jack Cickovski-Lamb, Farida Nur Aziza, Mahendra Mali, Anjali Patel, Shilpa Thakur and Bishrawa Bhandari Panday.
Second year student Joshua Thompson, who won the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Prize for Excellence in Pharmacy, says he couldn’t have felt more honoured to have received the award.
“Pharmacy is such an exciting profession because it is expanding so much in Australia. The course at UTS has been great, particularly the placements. I’ve got a real kick out of applying my theoretical knowledge to the fast-paced hospital environment,” he says.
Head of Discipline for Pharmacy, Professor Kylie Williams, says the standard and quality of student progress during 2019 has been incredibly high. “It’s hugely gratifying to oversee such a vibrant and motivated cohort of students. A huge congratulations to all the winners.”
Professor Joanne Gray, Head of School for GSH, was also impressed with the student excellence on display and the high quality of nominations for the top award. “I’d like to extend my huge congratulations to all the prize winners, and Brad Butt in particular,” she says.
With GSH now under the umbrella of the Faculty of Health, Dean of the Faculty Suzanne Chambers, commented that she was incredibly excited to bring all the allied health care fields into the brand-new facility at 100 Broadway.
“This has been a fantastic year for Health at UTS. Bringing GSH into the Faculty represents our holistic approach to health education and research, and I am very excited about the future.”