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June 26, 2014
The WA Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has announced the make-up of its Branch Committee and office bearers to take effect from July 1.
The committee is made up of Teresa Di Franco, Michael Garlepp, Samantha (Jo) Higgins, Jeffery Hughes, Russell Hill, Amy Page and Jocelyn Sisson.
Early Career Pharmacist Teresa Di Franco was elected Branch President. After graduating from the UWA Pharmacy Program in 2010 and completing her internship she worked in two community pharmacies and the Western Australian Poisons Information Centre.
She developed an interest in diabetes and went on to complete her Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education at Curtin University in 2010. She is now working towards credentialing as a Pharmacist Diabetes Educator and Accredited Pharmacist.
During her internship she was Chair of the PSA WA Early Career Pharmacist Working Group and contributed to establishing this group which organised networking, social, education events and more recently a mentoring pilot program. She also represented WA on the PSA national Early Career Pharmacist Working Group, which involved participating in face-to-face and teleconference meetings with representatives from other states.
She is also a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council Examining committee, Primary Care WA, and was a Board Director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia in 2013-2014.
The WA Branch elected Amy Page and Jocelyn Sisson as Branch Vice Presidents.
Ms Page is an accredited pharmacist working in rural Western Australia and an academic who holds the position as Rural Pharmacy Liaison Officer at the Western Australia Centre for Rural Health Geraldton. Her teaching responsibilities include developing rural interprofessional and non-traditional placements, and the clinical supervision of students.
Ms Sisson studied Pharmacy at Curtin University of Technology and graduated in 1987 and she has more than 20 years’ experience in the community sector of pharmacy. She has managed several pharmacies of varying sizes and diversities during her career and has also worked as a locum pharmacist. She is currently Manager of CPD Programs at the WA Branch of PSA.