Pharmacy heroes: The heroes of pharmacy

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Readers of the Australian Journal of Pharmacy nominated their heroes and 10 have been chosen who represent the range, scope and reality of pharmacy in 2023.

Period6 Dec 2023

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  • TitleAJP Pharmacy Hero 2023
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletAustralian Journal of Pharmacy
    Media typePrint
    DescriptionDr Melinda Boss is a community pharmacist and academic passionate about the expanding role pharmacists can play in
    providing professional services to bridge gaps in community healthcare. Her particular interest is in improving the
    breastfeeding experience for new families.
    “She has done so much in a completely underserved and critical area of pharmacy practice—and has made a massive
    impact locally and internationally. She’s definitely expanding scope for us all.”
    “Melinda is showing that with appropriate education pharmacists, as one of the most accessible health professionals, can fill
    this gap in care. As a credentialled Australian course does not exist, Melinda obtained a PhD in lactation and now provides
    one-on-one breastfeeding consultations from the private consulting rooms at Pharmacy 777 Mt Hawthorn. In response to
    requests from pregnant women in the community, she also provides one-on-one breastfeeding education and personalised
    breastfeeding risk factor screens during pregnancy.”
    “Melinda works to raise the profile and influence of the pharmacy profession in Australia and internationally through her work
    with the broader academic and medical community. She has developed, and delivers, online postgraduate breastfeeding
    short courses for the University of Western Australia. These are attended by GP obstetricians, lactation consultants,
    dietitians, child health nurses, midwives, and pharmacists from across Australia.”
    Producer/AuthorChris Brooker
    PersonsMelinda Boss