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PAH pharmacist awarded top honour

24 November 2017

Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Deputy Director of Pharmacy Dr Michael Barras has been nationally recognised for his leadership and research focus during his 25 years as a pharmacist.

Dr Barras said he was humbled to be awarded the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) 2017 Medal of Merit.

“When your peers acknowledge your contribution to the profession it is humbling, particularly considering the outstanding calibre and contributions of previous recipients, and I'm extremely proud to be a member of this esteemed group,” he said.

SHPA President Professor Michael Dooley said Dr Barras helped to develop and foster a stronger culture of research collaboration and capability across Australia.

“Michael has been recognised for his wonderful contribution to mentoring and developing younger hospital pharmacists, and he has had an exceptional influence in research surrounding hospital pharmacy,” he said.

During his 12 months at PAH, Dr Barras has challenged the norm and improved patient safety and care.

In early 2017, he introduced a pharmacy residency program and championed for the introduction of Queensland’s first perioperative pharmacist.

“With the support of our amazing team and the executive, I am always trying to develop new ways for pharmacists to deliver innovative services that help patients while also helping to develop our staff,” he said.

Dr Barras said the PAH Pharmacy Department had improved the scope and influence of hospital pharmacy.

“We’re challenging the traditional way of delivering pharmacy services,” he said.

“We’re directly involved in ward rounds, helping to write prescriptions (rather than policing or correcting them), being proactive, and sorting issues early.

“Working closely with medical teams saves lots of time and prevents lots of errors.”

Last updated 24 November 2017
Last reviewed 24 November 2017

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