2008 Pharmacist of the Year
Owner of the Barkly Square and Tambassis pharmacies
Bachelor of Pharmacy 1987
It was a thrill to be awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Pharmacist of the Year in 2008 for 'passion, outspokenness and creativity'. My work triggered wide-scale changes to the way Australia is helping recovering drug users.
As owner of two community pharmacies, I've had over 20 years of experience working with methadone and buprenorphine opioid replacement therapy. My aim is to change negative attitudes to this treatment.
In 2008, I produced a documentary, Fighting the Dragon with Luck, which tells a moving story of addiction and treatment. It has been screened nationally as well as in London, Barcelona, New Delhi, New Zealand and the USA.