The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) has appointed new membership to its Examinations Committee.

APC welcomes Professor Lisa Pont as its incoming Examinations Committee Chair. Professor Pont has been an active member of the APC since 2020 and has contributed significantly on the Accreditation Committee, as an Accreditation Assessor, and chair of several assessment teams. She is the Professor of Pharmacy within the Discipline of Pharmacy at the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney and currently serves as the President of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology.

"We are thrilled to welcome someone of such high regard and experience as Professor Lisa Pont. She brings a wealth of wisdom in pharmacology and quality use of medicines, and a deep dedication to ensuring the highest standards in pharmacist education and assessment," expressed APC Chair, Associate Professor Sue Kirsa.

Committee members are appointed by APC's Chief Executive Officer, based on strict selection criteria. Members include experts from pharmacy, academia and high stakes assessment communities.

The Committee had its first meeting on 5 December, where they welcomed:

  • Prof Lisa Pont (Chair), University of Technology Sydney
  • Associate Prof Liza Seubert, the University of Western Australia
  • Dr Jacob Pearce, Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Mr Michael Soriano, Chris O'Brien Pharmacy Pty Ltd
  • Ms Daisy Cheung, TerryWhite Chemmart Kogarah

Continuing their membership are:

  • Ms Kristy Grady, Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia
  • Dr Curtis Lee, Notre Dame University
  • Emeritus Prof David Prideaux, Flinders University
  • Associate Prof Daniel Malone, Monash University

The Examinations Committee plays a vital role in assuring the integrity and defensibility in the administration of high-stakes exams for pharmacy interns and international applicants. It supports APC to develop and maintain contemporary assessments. The committee informs APC on trends, issues and developments within educational assessment research and methodologies, especially trends in e-assessment as necessary.

It is a skills-based committee, of which its members are appointed as individuals, not representatives of their organisations. Recently, the APC has updated the By-Law for this Committee, reflecting the commitment to maintaining the highest standards in pharmacy education.

APC thanks all outgoing members for their valuable contributions, notably, Examinations Committee Chair, Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, as he steps down from his role after more than four decades of dedicated service. The APC Board formally farewelled Professor Sansom at the recent Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO Distinguished Lecture in Canberra in November.

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