Monash Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences launches the John and Nariel Ware Fellowship in Pharmacy education and Leadership

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences last night officially launched a new fellowship enabled by the largest philanthropic gift to pharmacy education in contemporary times.

Long-time friends and patrons of the faculty, John Ware OAM and Nariel Ware, have donated $1 million to support research into pharmacy education in perpetuity through the John and Nariel Ware Fellowship in Pharmacy Education and Leadership.

The gift is the largest ever endowment in the pharmacy education field within Australia, and will support the Ware Fellowship program indefinitely, contributing substantially to the body of knowledge around pharmacy education and developing the pharmacy education leaders of the future.

Held at the home of Victorian pharmacy education, Monash University’s Cossar Hall, the launch event recognises the Wares’ contributions to the Faculty and their continued patronage to the pharmacy profession. In recognition of their generous gift, the Faculty commissioned renowned Victorian artist Rosemary Todman-Parrant to paint a portrait of Mr and Mrs Ware, which will hang in the hall. The portrait was unveiled art yesterday evening’s event.

Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Bill Charman, said that the gift is demonstrative of the Faculty’s commitment to educating the next pharmacy leaders.

“John and Nariel Ware have worked tirelessly throughout their professional careers to strengthen the pharmacy profession. Their professional and voluntary positions with organisations including FIP, the PSA and the Victorian College of Pharmacy and now their generous endowment are representative of their passion to building the pharmacists of the future,” said Professor Charman.

“The Wares are supporting the Faculty in addressing our commitment to education and leadership and we are grateful for their continued patronage,” he said.

The Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral position that supports a researcher to focus on the investigation of contemporary instructional practices. The Fellow works with the education-research and pharmacy leadership teams.

The inaugural recipient of the Ware Fellowship is Dr Kayley Lyons. Dr Lyons holds both a PhD and a PharmD, and was recruited from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Lyons is working with Director of Pharmacy Education Professor Tina Brock and key members of the educational team to evaluate the Faculty’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/Masters of Pharmacy course, which is Australia’s first integrated Bachelor and Master of Pharmacy.

Dr Lyons will carry out both team-based and independent research studies, working with faculty and Monash University partners PharmAlliance and NAPE.