Emer­son to de­part from PSA

Pharmacy Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

PHAR­MA­CEU­TI­CAL So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia (PSA) ceo Lance Emer­son (pic­tured) has re­signed from the or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter three and a half years.

Emer­son will leave in Jan 2018, with PSA na­tional pres­i­dent Shane Jack­son ap­plaud­ing his “ef­fec­tive and strate­gic lead­er­ship.

“His ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice to the pro­fes­sion - and en­gage­ment with key stake­hold­ers - has been ad­mirable and our mem­bers would agree he has taken PSA to the next level in terms of ad­vo­cacy, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and prac­tice sup­port.”

Jack­son said Emer­son’s many achieve­ments had in­cluded trans­form­ing the So­ci­ety from func­tion­ing as six sep­a­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions across Aus­tralia to “one uni­fied en­tity,” as well as se­cur­ing recog­ni­tion for the PSA as the peak phar­ma­cists’ or­gan­i­sa­tion via peak Health Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion govern­ment fund­ing.

Emer­son had been in­stru­men­tal in boost­ing pub­lic recog­ni­tion of the role of phar­ma­cists, as well as cham­pi­oning key re­forms and sec­tor di­a­logue on a host of is­sues in­clud­ing phar­ma­cist wages, Early Ca­reer Phar­ma­cists, new ca­reer path­ways, in­no­va­tive phar­ma­cist ser­vices, com­mu­nity phar­macy re­forms, women in phar­macy and equal­ity, Jack­son added.

The PSA said a re­cruit­ment process for a re­place­ment was now un­der­way, with Emer­son say­ing he was “in­cred­i­bly proud to have led PSA to be­come such a prom­i­nent peak na­tional body”.

Phar­macy Guild ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Yuilty ac­knowl­edged Emer­son’s strong lead­er­ship which had seen him be an “ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cate for the pro­fes­sion with a strong fo­cus on en­hanc­ing the role of phar­ma­cists in med­i­ca­tion man­age­ment and pri­mary care.

“The Guild will con­tinue work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with the PSA un­der any in­com­ing CEO in the in­ter­ests of pa­tients, com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies and the phar­ma­cist pro­fes­sion,” Yuilty promised.

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