Three outstanding pharmacists have been recognised at the Emeritus Lloyd Sansom AO Distinguished Lecture Series in Canberra on Monday 13 November.

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) has announced the recipients of the inaugural Dr Erica Sainsbury Awards, which have been established to recognise and reward leaders in pharmacy education and practice.

Awards were presented to:

  • Chiao Xin Lim, Lecturer in Pharmacy at RMIT, Dr Erica Sainsbury Early Career Pharmacy Educator Award
  • Cathryn Carlisle, Mount Isa Pharmacy First, Queensland, Dr Erica Sainsbury Pharmacist Supervisor Award
  • Gillian Oates, Peninsula Health, Victoria, Dr Erica Sainsbury Pharmacist Supervisor Award

The Dr Erica Sainsbury Early Career Pharmacy Educator Award recognises and rewards an individual who demonstrates innovation and passion in teaching and who places students first and foremost.

The Dr Erica Sainsbury Pharmacist Supervisor Award recognises and rewards pharmacists who display the attributes and skills considered invaluable in the training of pharmacy interns during the period of supervised practice. Interns submit nominations for their preceptor or supervising pharmacists.

APC Chair, Associate Professor Sue Kirsa says the recipients of these awards demonstrate passion, innovation, dedication and enthusiasm for building the next generation of pharmacists.

Chiao Xin Lim, lecturer at RMIT University, says she is committed to making a difference to student experience through designing and implementing innovative learning approaches that help to engage students in applying authentic learning.

"They will be the future leaders of the profession and they will help drive innovation in the pharmacy industry, expanded scope of practice and patient-centred services, " Chiao Xin said.

Cathryn Carlisle, was nominated by two of her interns and Mount Isa Pharmacy First.

"Cathryn has been a remarkable support and mentor to me throughout my internship. Her passion for the pharmacy industry clearly shows in her teachings which encourages and inspires me to develop my practice similar to hers," said an intern.

Gillian Oates was nominated by one of her interns at Peninsula Health.

"Gill has always put the well-being of the interns as the first priority. She laid out the due dates and expectations well at the start of the year. She constantly checks upon you as you see her throughout and uses 3 monthly surveys on evidence-based criteria, making the educating site a better place," said an intern.

Watch these videos to hear from the recipients:

Applications for the 2024 round of the Dr Erica Sainsbury Awards will open between 1 July 2024 and 30 September 2024. Next year's interns are encouraged to nominate an outstanding supervisor or preceptor. The early career pharmacy educator award is by application.

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