In a recent media release dated October 12, 2023, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) made an exciting announcement about the appointment of ten early career pharmacists from various regions in Australia to lead the ECP Community of Specialty Interest (CSI). These young professionals will play a crucial role in shaping the future of pharmacy in the country. In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of this announcement and its implications for the pharmacy profession.
The New ECP Leadership Team
The ECP Community of Specialty Interest will be led by an outstanding group of early career pharmacists. The newly appointed leadership team includes:
Ayomide Ogundipe MPS (Chair)
Abby Richardson MPS
Elissar Mansour MPS
Erin Cooper MPS
Jala Moushi MPS
James Buckley MPS
Keiran Batavia MPS
Monique Licht MPS
Raymond Truong MPS
Shaylee Mills MPS
These individuals bring diverse skills and experiences to the table, creating a dynamic team poised to make a significant impact in the field of pharmacy. Ayomide Ogundipe MPS, as the Chair of the CSI, will be instrumental in guiding and facilitating their efforts.
The Importance of Early Career Pharmacists' Involvement
Ayomide Ogundipe, ECP Board Director and Community of Specialty Interest Chair, emphasised the importance of involving early career pharmacists in discussions and decision-making within the profession. She noted that the pharmacy field is undergoing a paradigm shift in practice and scope, and it is vital for ECPs to contribute their insights and experiences.
Through the CSI, early career pharmacists have a direct avenue to engage with PSA and the broader profession. This involvement will help shape the future of pharmacy in Australia, making it more inclusive and reflective of the diverse needs and perspectives of these young professionals.
Support from PSA
A/Prof Steve Morris, the PSA Chief Executive Officer, expressed his support for the ECP leadership team. He highlighted the importance of the ECP Community of Specialty Interest in providing early career pharmacists with the opportunity to connect with their colleagues and influence the direction of the profession.
PSA is committed to supporting pharmacists at all stages of their careers, from registration to retirement. This support includes facilitating initiatives like the ECP CSI, which empowers early career pharmacists to actively contribute to the profession's development.
Join the ECP Community of Specialty Interest
The Early Career Pharmacist – Community of Specialty Interest is an exclusive forum for PSA members. If you're a pharmacist in the early stages of your career and want to get involved in shaping the future of pharmacy in Australia, consider joining PSA today by visiting PSA Membership.
The appointment of this new leadership team within the ECP Community of Specialty Interest by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia signifies a promising future for pharmacy in Australia. It highlights the importance of involving early career pharmacists in decision-making and the transformation of the profession. The support and encouragement from PSA further emphasise their commitment to the growth and development of pharmacists at all career stages. If you're an early career pharmacist in Australia, don't miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey by joining the ECP CSI and making your voice heard.
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