UQ pharmacist scoops second national award
University of Queensland alumnus and lecturer Dr Chris Freeman has been named Consultant Pharmacist of the Year in recognition of his contributions to improving patient care.
The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy award recognises outstanding pharmacists who work collaboratively with patients and medical practitioners to ensure safe medicine use in the home.
UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Dr Freeman said recipients were selected from more than 2,500 consultant pharmacists nationwide and nominated based on innovative practice, exemplary service and improved patient outcomes.
“It’s a great honour to receive this award for work that is professionally satisfying and has a real impact on patient health,” he said. “Ensuring patients understand and use their medications safely and effectively can improve their quality of life and deliver optimum health outcomes.”
Dr Freeman is a former Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Young Pharmacist of the Year and is acknowledged as an innovative consultant pharmacist by his peers.
Consultant pharmacists play a pivotal role in liaising with patients, their doctors and allied health professionals to ensure medications are used appropriately.
Dr Freeman said his current role incorporated a consultant pharmacy service within a general practice medical centre.
“I’ve been able to provide a comprehensive and integrated service for patients by working closely with other practitioners,” he said.
“Patients who have complicated medical conditions and multiple medications are referred to me for review by their general practitioner.
“I visit the patients in their homes to discuss their medications and recommend adjustments where required. This ensures patients receive the best quality treatment and ongoing care.”
Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy award recipients receive funding to attend a conference relevant to their practice.
About the Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at UQ
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014
Applicants to UQ’s BPharm program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.
If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.
Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in three years.
Should you receive an offer to study in the UQ Pharmacy School program, you will be eligible to apply for credit and accelerate into Year 2 of your studies. Please note this is only after you have received an offer.