Innovation is the cornerstone of pharmacy. As the profession goes through unprecedented change, we believe it's important to recognise those leading the way.
This annual award recognises those in the profession who are redefining pharmacy. Our partner Astra-Zeneca sponsors this initiative with a $5,000 grant that goes towards to the winner’s professional development.
$5000 professional development prize
Thanks to AstraZeneca, the winner receives a medal, $5000 towards further professional development and the opportunity to share their innovation with the rest of the profession. The award is presented at an award ceremony and gala dinner at UTS each year.
Kayla Lee has been announced the winner of the AstraZeneca 2017 UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award. Lee was inspired to make positive change in her community after the tragedy of losing her father when he took his own life. She saw a gap in the way pharmacists discussed mental health and devised Pharmafriend to fill it. Pharmafriend is a novel program that was implemented at Capital Chemist Wanniassa; it fundamentally changes the way pharmacists interact with patients.
Find out more about the 2017 Innovative Pharmacist of the Year.
The 2016 award winner was Dr Alison Roberts of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Dr Roberts led the creation of the Health Destination Pharmacy (HDP) program, an evidence-based change initiative that helps pharmacies transition to a professional services business model. The HDP program is based on more than 15 years of work that began during Dr Roberts’s PhD in 2001.
This year’s winner was Swarup Afsar, owner of Pharmacy 777 in Western Australia for his innovative Mental Health Module in Community Pharmacy. Swarup’s innovation was around implementing a counselling service that provides; solution focused psycho-dynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy. Mr Afsar said “his innovation is continuing to improve mental health experienced by a whole spectrum of patients – from newly diagnosed diabetics, sleep apnoea sufferer’s to FIFO workers and their partners, and of course people having prescriptions for anti-depressants”.
The 2014 winners were the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot (QPIP) implementation team from the Queensland branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, who worked with 80 pharmacies to deliver a user-pays vaccination program over a period of five months. The project saw pharmacy professionals deliver more than 11,000 vaccinations to members of the public at a fee of $25-$30 each.
The 2013 medal was awarded to Joyce McSwan, a consultant pharmacist, community pharmacist and pharmacy educator who has driven exciting innovations in the field of pain management in Queensland over the last three years.
Read more about McSwan's work and the 2013 Award Ceremony
The 2012 medal was awarded to David Dixon of Goldfields Fullife Pharmacy in Gympie Qld for his introduction of a highly successful Sleep Management Service which produced over $250K revenue in the first year.
Read more about Dixon's work and the 2012 Award ceremony.
- What new concepts or variations on existing ideas have been developed? Have these developments been achieved independently or with help of others?
- Is the concept or variation a fundamental change to common practice or a minor development? Will it lead to other innovations?
- Are the innovations easily integrated into existing practice? Are they cost-effective? Do they come with risk?
- Has the innovation increased revenue, efficiencies, cost savings?
- Can the innovative practice be easily adapted by other pharmacists? Can they be used internationally?