‘Prof’ scores unique tre­ble

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

The last year has been a bit of a home run for semi-re­tired Mata­mata phar­ma­cist Grant Short.

In June, he was named a life mem­ber of the Phar­macy Guild of New Zealand, as well as Con­trib­u­tor of the Year at the Phar­macy Awards.

Then, in Novem­ber, he was made a fel­low of the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of New Zealand.

To achieve one of th­ese feats is out­stand­ing.

To crack all three in one year is re­mark­able.

A well- versed trav­eller, Mr Short was in North Queens­land when he heard he had been awarded the fel­low­ship.

‘‘I was quite sur­prised re­ally,’’ he told the Chron­i­cle last week.

‘‘ It was never some­thing I thought about.’’

Guide­lines say a fel­low must have made a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant and out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the ad­vance­ment of the prac­tice of phar­macy in New Zealand’’.

Phar­macy Guild pres­i­dent Karen Crisp said Mr Short, known to his peers as ‘‘Prof’’, was an ex­tremely de­serv­ing can­di­date.

‘‘He’s seen a lot of change over the years and his sharp­ness, ded­i­ca­tion and for­ward think­ing has not wa­vered through­out,’’ she said.

On top of liv­ing and work­ing as a com­mu­nity phar­ma­cist in Mata­mata for three decades, Mr Short has sat on al­most ev­ery phar­macy gov­er­nance group.

Over the years, he has held po­si­tions at both the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety and the Phar­macy Guild, and was a found­ing mem­ber of the Mid­lands Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Group.

He has a post­grad­u­ate diploma in clin­i­cal phar­macy and is also a fel­low of the New Zealand Col­lege of Phar­macy.

He has sat on the Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Ser­vices Op­er­a­tions Group, the Au­dit Task­force, and re­mains on the Fund­ing Fee Set­ting and Mon­i­tor­ing Group.

In 2009, he was asked to be part of the Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Ser­vices Agree­ment team and was of­ten re­ferred to as ‘‘the hu­man com­puter’’ be­cause of his data anal­y­sis skills.

In the end though, it al­ways came back to the peo­ple in a com­mu­nity and mak­ing health­care more ac­ces­si­ble to them.

‘‘Phar­ma­cists are there on the coal face – we deal with peo­ple, not just the num­bers,’’ he said.

In­tent on ‘‘in­flu­enc­ing his own fu­ture’’, Mr Short has al­ways strived to leave phar­macy in a bet­ter po­si­tion than be­fore he en­tered the pro­fes­sion.

‘‘ I al­ways try to con­trib­ute some­thing to so­ci­ety in what­ever I am do­ing, as many peo­ple do in other walks of life,’’ he said.

‘‘And, I like a chal­lenge,’’ Mr Short added.

‘‘It’s a nice feel­ing to be for­mally recog­nised by your peers but you don’t do it for that, it’s a byprod­uct re­ally.’’

Hat-trick: Re­tired Mata­mata phar­ma­cist Grant Short, pic­tured with wife Tri­cia, was awarded mul­ti­ple hon­ours in phar­macy last year.

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