Dare to help others
WA Pharmacy Intern of the Year, Alex Dare, says he will be sorry to see Graylands Hospital close.
A City of Perth resident, Mr Dare said he enjoyed his internship at the Graylands Hospital Pharmacy and everyone at the facility was doing “an amazing job in a difficult area of health”.
“However, I do understand the need to continue to improve the mental health system and implement new strategies to improve patient care, such as more community treatment options,” Mr Dare said.
Mr Dare worked under the tutelage of acting chief pharmacist Daphine Makore, who described him as having a selfless personality who always put the needs of others before his own.
“He displays an uncanny, humble and unassuming personality that has endeared him to every single member of the department in a manner I have not witnessed before,” Ms Makore said.
Mr Dare completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Science before switching to Pharmacy as his masters.
“All of my family work in medicine so I have always been around people who want to help others,” he said.
“I decided to do a Masters of Pharmacy after I went to a talk held at my university about further study options for students.
“My whole family work in the health care industry and regular discussions at home about medication and other healthcare issues had always interested me.”
Mr Dare said the role of a pharmacist in a mental health setting encompassed more than he had realised.
“It was a real privilege to work within a department that worked to such a high standard to provide care to patients,” he said.
“I also enjoyed being able to work in a clinical setting where I was able to apply my knowledge by helping the clinical pharmacist with their rounds, and the interactions I was able to have with the rest of the health care team and the patients of the hospital.”
The WA Pharmacy Intern of the Year is hosted by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia.