The annual Sansom Lecture is named after Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, whose profound impact on pharmacy education in Australia spans over four decades.
The event is also a special home to the Dr Erica Sainsbury awards, where we announce the winners of each year. The awards have been established to recognise and reward leaders in pharmacy education and practice.
Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, an academic, policy advisor and researcher is a founding member of the Australian Pharmacy Examining Council (APEC), since its inception in 1982 - now known as APC! He has served as both a Board member and Chair of the APC Examining Committee, as well as chairing the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
"Only the future can be moulded to one which is the preferred future. If you want to do that, then you'll have to commit to excellence, to boldness of leadership, preparedness to change, and reinforcement of the fundamental principles of human rights and dignity. APC has shown itself and continues to show itself to be ready for that challenge for the future." - Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO
2017 marked the beginning of the lecture series with Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom as the speaker, reflecting on his journey and the pharmacy sector's evolution over time.
The event welcomed Professor Debra Rowett PSM as its speaker in 2018. Former APC President and Accreditation Committee Chair, Debra was instrumental APC's strategic direction as it stands today. In 2018, Debra spoke on the significance of interprofessional communication and practice.
In 2019, Professor Faye McMillan AM, Wiradjuri yinaa, spoke at the event about creating a health profession where First Nations peoples feel valued. "Yindyamarra (respect) your Narrative" provided a message of understanding who you are determines the relationships you build.
Faye was appointed as APC's first Indigenous Board Director in 2019, and currently leads our Indigenous Health Strategy Group and the Leaders in Indigenous Pharmacy Professions Education (LIPPE) Network. Faye has been awarded the Medal (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to Indigenous mental health, and to tertiary education”.
In 2021, the event focussed on the conclusion of our 4-part series on embedding cultural safety into pharmacy education. Panellists explored our journey so far, the importance of creating safe spaces, the value of respectful listening, and humanising the pharmacy profession.
APC also launched their Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.
The most recent Sansom Lecture celebrated 40 years of the APC. The room heard from Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, Professor Debra Rowett, Professor Kirstie Galbraith, and Alex Burke, Wiradjuri man and PhD candidate, and was facilitated by our leader and Chair Associate Professor Sue Kirsa.
The panellists, each having influenced APC's evolution, spoke about the many innovations and projects that have impacted the pharmacy profession and public health at large.
To this day, Emeritus Professor Sansom still contributes to the development of APC's exams.
In 2023, Paul Sinclair AM, President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) spoke on navigating the evolving landscape of regulation and education within pharmacy practice.
Drawing on his international experience within community practice, Mr Sinclair focussed on what his vision for the future of pharmacy education and regulation looks like.
APC also announced the winners of the 2023 Dr Erica Sainsbury Awards.