UQ pharmacy lecturer makes ‘Most Influential’ list
University of Queensland researcher and clinical lecturer Dr Christopher Freeman is celebrating after being named one of the “12 Most Influential People in Pharmacy.”
UQ School of Pharmacy prodigy Dr Freeman is featured alongside Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia president George Tambassis on the list published by Pharmacy News.
“Being at the forefront of an exciting new development in pharmacy has boosted the profile of this former Young Pharmacist of the Year (2011),” Pharmacy News said.
“Now the face of the movement to install pharmacists as integral components of general practices, Chris looks set to be a key player in the professional services landscape.”
Labelled a “revolutionary,” Dr Freeman was one of five new faces named in the top 12, with the magazine pondering whether it reflects “an actual change in the corridors of power.”
The list was decided by a reader poll, with a total of 95 nominees put forward for inclusion.
One highlighted voter described Dr Freeman as “admired by pharmacists, young and older, and by GPs.”
“He is an innovator for future models of pharmacy practice in GPs’ surgeries,” the voter said.
“Lots of influence on the profession and future roles.
“An honest and passionate leader for the future.”
Dr Freeman, who holds both a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and a Doctor of Philosophy from UQ, said he was both elated and humbled by the recognition.
“It is wonderful to be recognised by my peers and in the company of such outstanding and inspirational pharmacists,” Dr Freeman said.
“My inclusion on this list reflects a strong desire by the pharmacy profession to be at the top of our scope of practice, utilising our extensive skills and knowledge to improve patient care.”
Dr Freeman currently works as a consultant pharmacist at Camp Hill Healthcare, as well as a clinical lecturer at UQ, and is a director of the national board of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
About UQ School of Pharmacy and PACE
The UQ School of Pharmacy is the longest established pharmacy school in Queensland, and celebrated 50 years in 2010. In January 2010, the school relocated from its previous premises within the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, to a brand new, purpose-built facility, The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE).
The $100-million precinct was completed in December 2009. The PACE concept was jointly developed by the university and the whole profession in 2000, and creates a leading facility for pharmaceutical research, education and commercialization. The project has the support of the Queensland State Government, which has donated land for the project on a site adjoining the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2015. It is recommended that students apply much earlier as places in the program can fill quickly.