Mr Gerard Stevens acknowledged for services to pharmacy

1 December 2010

Mr Gerard Stevens with the Ishidate award
Mr Gerard Stevens with the Ishidate award

Mr. Gerard Stevens, Managing Director of Webstercare, and Chair of the Dean's Community Pharmacy Reference Group at the Faculty of Pharmacy, has recently been acknowledged both nationally and internationally for his contributions to the pharmacy profession.

In October 2010, Gerard received the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Life Time Achievement Award. PSA president Mr Warwick Plunkett said that Mr Stevens work had resulted in significant reductions in medication errors in nursing homes. "His innovative and forward-thinking approach had resulted in a system which is having, and will continue to have, very positive benefits for the health outcomes of many Australians."

In November 2010, Gerard was also awarded the 2010 FAPA Ishidate Award for Community Pharmacy. The award, issued by the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) recognises pharmacists in the Asian region who have made excellent contributions in the fields of Hospital Pharmacy, Scientific Research, Industrial Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Education and Community Pharmacy.

As Managing Director of Webstercare, Gerard has introduced innovations in medication management for over 30 years, constantly delivering the latest in security, technology and peace of mind. He is dedicated to the design and development of innovative systems that complement the principle of Quality Use of Medicines.

Gerard was previously acknowledged in 2003 by the University of Sydney and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (NSW Branch), with an Award for Excellence in Pharmacy Practice.

Congratulating Mr Stevens, Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, said "Having had the opportunity to work closely with Mr Stevens since my appointment as Dean, I have witnessed first-hand his outstanding contributions and statesman-like standing within the Pharmacy Profession."

"Mr Stevens is not only a very successful community pharmacist but has taken this role to new heights through his company Webstercare, which aims to enhance the quality use of medicines for all Australians. His bold move into Drug Administration Aids (DAAs) with Webstercare has had a tremendous impact for many Australians but particularly those in older age groups and those in aged care facilities who previously struggled with the management of their medicine regimes."

Mr Stevens' innovative approach saw him introduce the Webster system that reduces nursing home medication administration errors, allows collaboration with allied health professionals, reduces medication wastage and government costs, and encourages better use of pharmacists' clinical and educative skills.

"Receiving these awards makes me feel very proud" said My Stevens. "I was very happy to be nominated and am delighted to receive them both. I consider it to be a great honour and privilege."

Contact: Claire Riordan

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