James Voo Yau Hon

Head of Drug Information Services Unit, Pharmacy Department, Duchess of Kent Hospital – Sabah, Malaysia.

James’ role involves responding to drug information requests from doctors, pharmacists, nurses and patients. As part of the hospital’s pharmacovigilance program James reports the incidents of adverse drug reactions and medication errors to Ministry of Health Malaysia each month.

James Voo Yau Hon’s dream to study overseas became a reality when the Malaysian government awarded him a highly sought after scholarship to study Pharmacy in Australia in 2007.

“Without a doubt, I made up my mind to choose Monash University over other universities in Australia and have never looked back since.”

He remembers being inspired by how passionate pharmacists were in making sure patients understand proper medication use.

One of James’s best memories was being appointed President of Parkville International Student Association in third year and a Monash University Student Ambassador the year after.

“Without all these rewarding leadership experiences, I would not have such a strong foundation to practice in my current pharmacy field,” he says. “I also met a lot of new friends from around the world at the Parkville campus and I still keep in touch with them.”

After completing his degree in 2011 James returned to Malaysia to start his pharmacy career. He’s worked as a clinical pharmacist across emergency, orthopaedic and medical wards at the Lahad Datu Hospital. He was appointed as the Head of Inpatient and Clinical Pharmacy Unit before being transferred to Duchess of Kent Hospital in 2016. That year he received a Federal Training Award to study his Masters.

When he’s not working, James is an electric organ enthusiast. He also trained as a Doping Control Officer and is certified by the Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia. He’s been involved in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia Games XIX Perak in 2018.

So what’s next? While James still has a lot he wants to achieve in his new position, he says a PhD in Clinical Pharmacy would be his next academic goal. And a top priority is mentoring others in the profession.

“I will carry on spreading my passion as a pharmacist to the younger generation of pharmacists.”