Dr Betty Chaar appointed President of AAPAE

26 July 2011

Dr Betty Chaar
Dr Betty Chaar

Dr Betty Chaar, lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the Faculty of Pharmacy has recently been voted in as the President of the Australian Association of Professional & Applied Ethics (AAPAE).

In this position Betty is the first female and first pharmacist president of the society. It is also the first time that the president has been from the University of Sydney.

Dr Betty Chaar said: "It is a big honor to be offered this position and I am excited to be taking on this important role. Ethics is just as important in the professional life as it is in the personal.

"Being from a pharmaceutical background, I hope to bring into discussion the role of ethics in the profession of pharmacy in Australia. As health care providers, it is important to examine the ethical issues surrounding what is in the best interest of the patient vs the practicalities of running a health care business.

"My aim is to encourage and inspire the profession to consider and engage in discussion around ethics within our community. I hope that we can lead the way within the pharmacy profession in progressive thinking and action around ethics, and create a platform for further discussion."

The Faculty of Pharmacy last year hosted the AAPAE conference, which was an important event that set the foundations for a new Code of Ethics in Pharmacy, soon to be adopted by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

The broad purpose of the AAPAEis to encourage awareness of applied ethics as a significant area of concern, and to foster discussion of issues in applied ethics. It provides a meeting point for practitioners from various fields together with academics with specialist expertise.

Dr Betty Chaar is a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the Faculty of Pharmacy with a special interest in professional ethics in pharmacy. Her career before academia was in clinical/geriatric pharmacy at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; community pharmacy proprietor and the pharmaceutical industry. Betty is an active member of the Pharmacy Board of NSW Peer Review Panel, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Post Graduate Committee (PGTC), the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) and the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association of UK (PLEA). She has ongoing research in moral reasoning, professional ethics and education of applied ethics in health care in general and pharmacy in particular.

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