Applications for 2023 are now closed. Applications for 2024 will be open between 1 July 2024 and 30 September 2024.

The Dr Erica Sainsbury Awards have been established to recognise and reward leaders in pharmacy education and practice. The Pharmacist Supervisor Award recognises pharmacists who display the attributes and skills considered invaluable in the training of pharmacy interns during the period of supervised practice.

What does the award entail?

The recipient of the award will receive a $1,000 monetary personal gift and a certificate of recognition from the APC.

Award presentation

The presentation of the award is to be made at the APC’s annual Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO Distinguished Lecture series held in Canberra in November each year. APC will cover all travel and accommodation expenses. Award recipient names will be published on the APC website.


  • This award is for registered pharmacists who at the time of the award are either:
    1. A preceptor approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia
    2. A supervising pharmacist who has been delegated the role of supervising intern(s) by the approved pharmacist preceptor.
  • Nominees must NOT have a condition on their registration.
  • Previous winners of the award cannot be nominated again.


This award will be based on nomination by provisional registered pharmacists (interns) only. This is a great way for interns to say thank you and to recognise the great work and support of their preceptors and supervisors.

Award criteria

When nominating an individual for this award the panel is looking for evidence of the quality and impact of their supervision. Examples to illustrate the criteria would strengthen the nomination.

Examples (not exhaustive) may include how the preceptor/supervising pharmacist;

  • motivated and inspired an intern to learn
  • how they demonstrated respect for the intern as a professional and early career pharmacist
  • how they provided a safe and engaging workplace for the intern to learn within and instilled professional values and attitudes
  • how they supported the intern to engage with their intern training program and provided regular and timely feedback
  • how they demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for the role
  • how they provided information that is up to date and best practice
  • how they exposed interns to a range of professional activities to help in the development of professional skills.

Nomination and selection process

  1. Nominations closed 5pm on 29 September 2023.
  2. Only one nomination per year can be submitted by the same individual. If you submit more than one nomination, they will all be rejected.
  3. A panel appointed by APC Board will review the nominations against the criteria and determine the successful nominee.
  4. The decision of the Panel is final.


The successful nominee will be notified of the award by the Australian Pharmacy Council via email and telephone call.

Terms and Conditions

There are no terms or conditions associated with this award. Award monies will be paid to the recipients nominated account immediately following receipt of the award.

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