UniSA alumnus named SA/NT Pharmacist of the Year

Source: University of South Australia, November 2014

UniSA alumnus Andrew Sluggett, who completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2005, has been named SA/NT Pharmacist of the Year.

Since graduating Sluggett has gained experience as a clinical pharmacist and a cytotoxic and sterile manufacturing pharmacist at both the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals.

Currently employed as the General Manager and Chief Pharmacist of CPIE Pharmacy Services – a community pharmacy, private hospital pharmacy and aseptic compounding facility, Sluggett is also Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (SA branch).

Sluggett’s collaborative work with other health professionals and government organisations, fostering innovative models of pharmacy practice, has recently seen him securing a $1.1 million collaborative research grant from the South Australian Government to investigate Hospital at Home care.

Sluggett says he firmly believes that pharmacists play a vital role within the health care team and the wider community.

“I am passionate about issues currently faced by the pharmacy profession, and value innovation and collaboration which will ultimately support expanded roles for pharmacists in our ever-changing health system,” he says.

Sluggett says it was a nice surprise to receive the accolade, which was presented by Stephen Wade MLC, State Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

“I am very honoured and humbled to receive the award, and hope I can provide inspiration to other pharmacists to also continue contributing towards improving the profession,” he says.