Monash Research Fellow wins Pharmacist of the Year Award

Source: Monash University, 2nd October 2018

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia SA/NT has presented the 2018 Pharmacist of the Year Award to Dr Janet Sluggett, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (“CMUS”) at Monash University.

Staff and students of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences congratulate Janet on receiving this prestigious award, which acknowledges an achiever within the profession who is involved in innovative practice, who is striving to raise practice standards, and through their professionalism, provides a model of practice which others strive to emulate.

Janet is a pharmacist researcher embedded within Helping Hand Aged Care, leading an 18-person multidisciplinary team implementing a cluster randomised controlled trial across eight South Australian aged care facilities. In this role, Janet is supported by the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.

Janet is an accredited pharmacist and a professional services pharmacist with CPIE Pharmacy Services. She has received recognition within and beyond the pharmacy profession and was recently awarded the Australia Association of Gerontology (AAG) SA Division 2017 Robert Penhall Early Career Research Award for her leadership and key contributions to her innovative work. Her current research at the CMUS is focused on dealing with cognitive and related functional decline in older people.

“This is an outstanding result for Janet as she is a fantastic member of our team, and we’re extremely proud of her achievement,” says Professor Simon Bell, the CMUS lead for the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. “As noted in her award citation, she is an outstanding ambassador for the pharmacy profession and has made significant contributions to pharmacy practice research, community engagement and professional development”

“The award is a well-deserved honour that reflects positively on the wider Faculty,” Professor Carl Kirkpatrick, Director, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS), said.