Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy awards honourary degree
The Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy has awarded Gerard Stevens AM, founder and Managing Director of Webstercare, a Master of Pharmacy (honoris causa) at the 2015 graduation ceremony.
Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean, presented Gerard for admission to the degree and said “Gerard is an exceptional leader in the pharmacy industry. He is a worthy recipient of this honorary degree as a result of his hard work and ongoing contribution to the Australian community in the area of the quality use of medicines.”
Gerard went on to share with the graduating students his reflections from his 48-year career in pharmacy.
“Pharmacy is one of the most dynamic professions in the terms of the rate at which innovations and advances in knowledge impact on practice. Being a pharmacist means having a lifetime commitment to learning because the professional boundaries of pharmacy knowledge continue to be pushed back.”
Gerard graduated with the Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1968 and went on to found his company Webstercare. For more than 30 years, Webstercare has been an innovation-led company at the vanguard of solving the problems Australians have with managing their medication.
He was the first pharmacist in Australia to qualify for Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR), and now has become the leading provider of RMMR services in Australia today.
Gerard’s continued passion and commitment to research, development and better patient care has enabled Webstercare to remain at the forefront of the industry. His innovations are used throughout the pharmacy, aged care, community and health sectors and his commitment has led to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Gerard also contributes his time and expertise to helping the next generation of pharmacists. He was the Chairman of the Community Pharmacy Reference Group of the Faculty of Pharmacy, providing feedback to the university’s Dean of Pharmacy about the relevance of pharmacy course curriculums to community pharmacy, reinforcing his drive to deliver improved pharmacy services to the community and solidifying the outstanding contribution which has influenced the thinking and general well-being of the wider community. He is also a Councillor of the Faculty of Pharmacy Foundation.
This passion, commitment and resulting contributions were recognised in 2013 when Gerard was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition for his “significant service to the pharmaceutical industry, and to community health.”
He has also received national and international recognition for his innovation, forward thinking and commitment to the industry and patients.
Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at Sydney Pharmacy School
The Bachelor of Pharmacy program provides students with the core skills and knowledge required for the effective delivery of pharmaceutical care and the ability to proceed to research. Students will study the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The Faculty of Pharmacy has an enviable national and international reputation that means students will study and interact with world-renowned academics and enjoy access to best practice teaching laboratories and cutting-edge technology.
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 31, 2016; however, it is recommended that Canadian students apply as early as possible to provide time for the pre-departure process.