September 19, 2022

World Pharmacist Day: Prescribe Success

Yesterday was World Pharmacist Day – a celebration of every pharmacist, pharmaceutical scientist and others who work in this field.

This year’s theme is, ‘Pharmacy united in action for a healthier world’, which aims to showcase pharmacy’s positive impact on health around the world, and to further strengthen solidarity among the profession.

Here at Northern Health, 118 staff make up the Pharmacy Department, spanning across all sites.

The pharmacy is responsible for ensuring the quality and safe use of medicines is in-line with evidence-led practice.

Vinod Chellaram, Director of Pharmacy, began his Northern Health career as a pharmacy student 19 years ago. He said pharmacy was one of the central departments within the health service that interlinked with every department to produce outstanding health outcomes for patients.

“No task is too big or too small. All patient-related tasks are completed efficiently, and are evidence-based, every time,” he said.

“Our catchment is rapidly growing, and the pharmacy team at Northern Health are composed of a perfect mix of backgrounds and experience to tackle any task.”

Jier Nguyen, Deputy Director of Pharmacy – Operations, said he pursued a career in pharmacy to help people better understand their health conditions, and how medicines play a role in this. Jier has also been a part of the Northern Health family since he was a pharmacist intern.

“Being a pharmacist, and a member of a health care team with a common goal, is very rewarding when you see the difference you have had to a person’s life and wellbeing,” he said.

“I have had the privilege of working with the most amazing team of healthcare professionals, who have made me who I am today. Northern Health fosters a sense of teamwork where everyone is important, and each person plays a vital role while striving for excellence in patient care. I am honoured and proud to be part of the Northern Health family.”

For Deanna Guy, Deputy Director of Pharmacy – Clinical, pharmacy has always been her passion.

“I have always been fascinated by how medicines work and how they can be used to save lives. I have loved the opportunities I have had across my career to specialise and advocate for therapy optimisation and patient safety,” she said.

Here at Northern Health, we have the prescription for a successful career. Videos will be launched in the coming weeks showcasing our amazing Pharmacy Department.

Watch the first video below to find out what it’s like to work in the Northern Health Pharmacy Department.

Featured image shows some of our Northern Health Pharmacy family.