Tasmanian pharmacy professionals recognised at national awards
Tasmanian pharmacy professionals have been recognised at the Society of Hospital Pharmacy of Australia’s national awards this weekend, bringing home two of the big awards.
Statewide Pharmacy Technician Manager Tara Fisher-Clayson won the prestigious Hospital Pharmacy Technician of the Year award, while the Voluntary Assisted Dying Phamacy project team received the Hospital Team Innovation Award.
Tara was recognised for providing exceptional executive and operational leadership in her role overseeing the statewide pharmacy technician workforce, which added 30 full-time equivalent staff last year as part of the Tasmanian Government’s $4.7 million investment to assign a technician to each acute inpatient ward in the State's four major public hospitals as part of its Bedside Medication Management program, which his saving nursing staff hundreds of hours each week.
Tara is also leading important workforce initiatives including developing plans for a new Advanced Pharmacy Technician Pilot Program which will rollout later this year.
It is the fourth time in four years a Tasmanian pharmacy technician has won this national award – a proud achievement for Tasmania.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Pharmacy Project team were recognised for their important role in the safe delivery of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) in Tasmania. The team have been instrumental in establishing the VAD service, developing essential policies and procedures that govern the safe and appropriate access and supply of VAD medications.
Hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play a vital role in providing high-quality patient care across the Tasmanian health system.
Pictured: Tara Clayson-Fisher