Dare to help oth­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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