Setting up the future generation: the power of pharmacy education

Pharmacy stalwarts and long-time friends of the Faculty John Ware OAM and Nariel Ware made the largest philanthropic gift to pharmacy education in contemporary times

Mr and Mrs 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 supports the Ware Fellowship program indefinitely, contributing substantially to the body of knowledge around pharmacy education and developing the pharmacy education leaders of the future.

The donation and scholarship were honoured earlier this year with a launch event held at the home of Victorian pharmacy education, Monash University’s Cossar Hall. The launch recognised the Ware’s contributions with the Faculty commissioning renowned Victorian artist Rosemary Todman-Parrant to paint a portrait of John Ware OAM and Nariel Ware which now hangs proudly in Cossar Hall with the Faculty’s past Deans and benefactors.

John Ware OAM graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1950. A community pharmacist for 40 years, John has an intimate understanding of why pharmacy education is so critical for the future. In fact, it was John himself who was integral in brokering the amalgamation of the Victorian College of Pharmacy into Monash University in 1992. His wife Nariel spent 14 years with the Victorian branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia before becoming the Executive Secretary of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

John Ware OAM and Nariel Ware

The Ware Fellowship represents a significant investment into the future of the Australian pharmacy profession. The program supports a two-year postdoctoral position investigating best-practice curriculum development and teaching practices with a commitment to leadership in pharmacy education. These areas of focus reflect the Ware’s lifetime commitment to the pharmacy sector, with much of their professional journeys dedicated to this purpose, with projects across the world in areas including pharmaceutical legislation, distribution and the broader pharmacy community.

In alignment with their global focus, a worldwide search was conducted in selecting the inaugural recipient of the Ware Fellowship, with Doctor Kayley Lyons from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill accepting the position earlier this year.

Inaugural Ware Scholar Kayley Lyons and the official portrait of John and Nariel Ware

Doctor Lyons is a “double doctor”, holding both Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Her thesis at PharmAlliance partner the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill characterised student and group motivation during collaborative learning experiences. Her background in education and leadership demonstrates her alignment with one of the key facets of the Fellowship, building the capacity of future academic pharmacy leaders.

Doctor Lyons is currently evaluating the Faculty’s BPharm (Hons)/MPharm course alongside Director of Pharmacy Education, Professor Tina Brock, and the education team. Doctor Lyons brings a breadth of experience in building models to better investigate collaborative behaviours in teaching, a valuable asset in evaluating the undergraduate degree, and working with key Monash University partners, the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education, PharmAlliance and FIP.