Professionals Pharmacists Australia today paid tribute to the hard work and vision of Sue Kirsa who recently resigned as President of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia.
CEO of Professional Pharmacists Australia, Chris Walton said Ms Kirsa worked tirelessly to see pharmacists better able to utilise their skills to improve community health.
“Sue sought to constructively address the barriers created by those who only saw pharmacists' roles existing in the four walls of a community pharmacy,” Mr Walton said.
“Sue also worked hard to ensured that pharmacists were respected and properly recognised for the work they do every day.
“I personally would like to thank her for her efforts in working with Professional Pharmacists Australia to create a better future for all Australian pharmacists.”
Mr Walton said Ms Kirsa was a strong supporter of the goals originally set by PPA, SHPA, NAPSA, and the PSA, as outlined in the Pharmacy Coalition for Health Reform and worked hard towards ensuring that pharmacists were able to use their skills to improve patient health outcomes.
“Sue occasionally faced opposition to views from powerful forces in the pharmacy industry but she was a persuasive campaigner who backed her instincts to build respect for pharmacists on the front line of our health system,” Mr Walton said.
“The success SHPA had under her leadership in progressing pharmacists' roles beyond dispensing provides great guidance to us all.
“Sue should also be proud of the first-class CPD that has been developed in SHPA, which our members are now benefiting from.
“I wish Sue all the best for the future and thank her for her valuable contribution.
“I would also like to welcome new SHPA President, Professor Michael Dooley and look forward to working in partnership towards our shared vision for a better health outcome where pharmacists can play more of a role in primary healthcare teams.”