Council

The Members of the Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd are the pharmacy professional organisations, the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, and independent representatives of the Australian pharmacy profession.

Current Office Holders

 
President Mr John Low
Vice-President Ms Debra Rowett

Council

  
Councillor   Date of appointment

Mr John Low

PhC, CertIV AWT

President, Australian Pharmacy Council

 

1 July 2010 - 1 July 2013

Reappointed 13 May 2013 - Present

Mr Low is President of the Australian Pharmacy Council, a position he has held since July 2010.

He has had a long and distinguished career in pharmacy, in particular in hospital pharmacy, regulation and publication.  His current interests are those of accreditation, regulation and workforce issues surrounding the profession. 

In his role with APC, John aims to ensure Council has contemporary standards and fulfils its governance responsibilities.   

John has an active role with the Health Professions Accreditation Councils’ Forum, and is on the Health Workforce Australia Health Practitioners Prescribing Pathway’s steering committee.  His qualifications in pharmacy are PhC (NZ), and Cert 1V in Workplace Training and Assessing.

Mr John Jackson

BPharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, MPubHealth

 

1 July 2010 - 1 July 2013

Reappointed 13 May 2013 - Present

Mr Jackson is a Councillor of the Australian Pharmacy Council. He practises in institutional pharmacy with particular interests in health, medicines and pharmacy policy, funding of pharmaceuticals, quality use of medicines, patient safety and standards in pharmacy practice. 

He brings to Council expertise from a number of areas of pharmacy practice, extensive experience in the governance of the pharmacy profession and the policy framework that underpins the practice of pharmacists.   

John is President, Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum, Chairs the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling, Department of Health and Ageing,  and sits on the Board of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and is a Member, Health Service Medication Expert Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care.  

A Fellow of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, his other pharmacy qualifications include a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Graduate Diploma in Hospital Pharmacy and Master of Public Health.  

Ms Gayle Ginnane

BA, BEd, MDefStud, GradDipStratStud, FAICD, MAIM, IPAA

 

23 December 2011 -
22 May 2015

Ms Ginnane is a community member of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  As an independent director and consultant, she aims to bring a non- pharmacy and consumer perspective to the Council deliberations and to contribute through her knowledge of governance and process.   Her time as CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council assists her with an excellent knowledge of the overall health system in Australia.  She would like to see better links between all parts of the health care system to seek better outcomes for patients.

Gayle serves on a wide variety of other Boards.   She is the Chair of the National Blood Authority;  Director, CIT Solutions Ltd; an Independent Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee (Australian Pharmacy Council); Director, Australian Council for Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA);  Director, Police Health; Director, ACT Medicare Local; Independent Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee, Professional Services Review (PSR); and is Trustee and Honorary Secretary, The Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting.

Ms Ginnane’s holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies; Master of Defence Studies;  Bachelor of Economics; and Bachelor of Arts.

Dr Ian Coombes

BPharm(Hons), MSc, PhD

 

1 July 2010 - 30 June 2012

Reappointed 28 May 2012 - Present

Dr Coombes has a background in both hospital pharmacy and academia, both in Australia and the United Kingdom, and is currently a hospital pharmacy director.  His particular interests are in competency based development of clinical practice, medication safety and prescribing safety.  He is also involved in developing clinical pharmacy services in Sri Lanka. 

Ian sees his involvement with Council as providing hospital pharmacy input, practitioner development and evaluation and a research perspective.

His qualifications are Bachelor of Pharmacy, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy.  He also sits on the Board of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

Professor Peter Fricker OAM

MBBS  FACSP   FRACP (Hon)  FFSEM (UK) (HON)  GAICD

 

 

1 July 2014 - 30 June 2017

 

Professor Fricker is a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  He is a qualified Medical Practitioner, and specialises in sports medicine.

Professor Fricker has been an Advisor to the President of the Aspire Zone Foundation in Doha, Qatar, and Director of the Australian Institute of Sport, and Acting CEO of the Australian Sports Commission.   He is currently a member of the Antidoping Rule Violation Panel (Australian Antidoping Authority), is Chair of the Medical Commission Australian Olympic Committee, is Chief Medical Officer of Swimming Australia and is an active researcher in exercise and immunology with Griffith University.  He is a consultant in sport, physical activity and health.

Peter sees his involvement with Council as wishing to contribute to the vision for the APC being a provider of first class services in education and accreditation in Australian and round the world.  He sees that Australia is recognised as a country with high standards of professional training and practice, and believes that this reputation lends itself to marketing the expertise of the APC in a specialised professional area.

 

Ms Tricia Greenway

BA, TPTC

 

25 May 2012 -
Present

Ms Greenway is a community member of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  She is particularly interested in contributing to the availability of qualified and up-to-date pharmacists for the Australian community now and in the future. 

Ms Greenway’s qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts and Trained Primary Teacher’s Certificate.

Ms Greenway has significant Board experience as follows: Recognition of Medical Specialties Advisory Committee Community Member for Australian Medical Council;  Code of Conduct Advisory Committee Consumer Member for Medical Technology Association of Australia;   Code Monitoring Committee Consumer Member for Medicines Australia;  Advertising Code Committee Consumer Member of Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council for the Therapeutic Goods Administration; and Community Member of Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines for Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Mr Mark Bedford

DipPharm, RegPharmNZ, AFNZIM

 

2 March 2011 -
Present

Mr Bedford is New Zealand pharmacist and the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand nominee to the Australian Pharmacy Council.  He currently has an active involvement in community pharmacy in a medical centre providing high level patient centred services.  

Mark is keen to foster ongoing relationships between Australia and New Zealand especially in the areas of accreditation.  His qualifications are a Diploma in Pharmacy, and he is an Associate Fellow NZ Institute of Management.   Mark is also a Registered Pharmacist in New Zealand and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom, AO

PhC, BSc, PhD, FPS, Honorary DHealth, Hon DSc, DUniv, FPS

26 March 2009 -
26 March 2015

Professor Sansom is a Councillor and also the Chair of the Examining Committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council.   He has a particular research interest in pharmacokinetics, biopharmaceutics, the quality use of medicines and pharmaceutical policy.  

In his role with the Council his intention is to contribute to the accreditation of programs and individuals to ensure the Australian public is provided with a pharmaceutical service of the highest standard.Professor Sansom is Chair of the South Australian Medication Advisory Committee, the Medication Reference Group of the Australian Safety and Quality Commission and the Codes of Conduct Advisory Group.   He is a member of the Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council and a director of BellBerry Ltd a not-for profit human research ethics company.  Professor Sansom is a member of the international advisory board of NICE International and of the Policy Forum Committee of Health Technology Assessment International and a Faculty member of the Salzburg Global Seminar.   He serves on a number of national committees relating to pharmaceutical policy.

Professor Sansom holds a number of qualifications including the title of Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia.  He has received honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland, University of Newcastle and Griffith University and is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Ms Debra Rowett, PSM

BPharm, MAICD

Vice President, Australian Pharmacy Council

26 March 2009 -
26 March 2015

Debra Rowett is Vice President of the Australian Pharmacy Council and also the Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  Her particular areas of current practise are in research, training and service delivery in primary care. Debra has a particular interest in aged care, palliative care, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance.  She also has strong interest in health policy and workforce development.

Debra sees her place on Council to serve in the public interest to improve outcomes from medicines and to minimise harm through good policy and standards which build a skilled and competent workforce that is adaptive and able to meet the future health care needs of society.  She wishes to contribute at an international level to enhance the Accreditation Standards and the processes by which we assess and monitor the training and development of the pharmacy workforce.

Debra holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy,  is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist through the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, United States of America , an accredited pharmacist and has completed Company Director training.   

Debra is the Director, Drug and Therapeutics Information Service at the Repatriation General Hospital. Debra serves on a number of  boards including as Chair, NPS Medicinewise Prescribing Intervention Expert Advisory Group, Executive Committee member of the South Australian Department of Health, Cardiovascular Clinical Network;   Executive Committee member of Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans’ MATES project;  Member, Drug Utilization SubCommittee;   Member of  national Scientific Subcommittee and Trials Management Committee of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative;  Chair, Committee of Specialty Practice (Academic Detailing) of Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia. 

Professor Nick Shaw

BSc (Hons), PhD, CSci, CChem, FRSC, FRPharmS

 

1 July 2010 -30 June 2012

Reappointed 28 May 2012 - Present

Professor Shaw is a Councillor and also a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  He is currently the Head of School of Pharmacy at University of Queensland.  In his role on the Council he aims to provide an academic perspective on issues such as accreditation, pharmacy workforce and the pharmacy degree and he is particularly interested in the education, curriculum development and workforce issues in pharmacy

Professor Shaw’s areas of research include: the application of bioanalytical methodologies to solve clinical and health-related problem;  metabolite profiling methodology applied to nutrient profiles of tropical and other plants and secondary metabolite identification and quantitation from bacteria;  Drug metabolism, biopharmaceutics, drug delivery and pharmacokinetic studies.  He is currently the Director of the Council of Pharmacy Schools of Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Shaw holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with Honours, and PhD from Manchester, UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

 

Finance, Audit, and Risk Management (FARM) Committee

The Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Committee is a committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd.

It monitors the APC's financial and compliance risks.  The FARM Committee comprises two Councillors appointed by Council, an independent member appointed by Council and potentially a fourth person appointed from time to time by Council.

The current membership of the FARM Committee is:

Members   Date of appointment

 

Ms Gayle Ginnane (Chair, FARM Committee)

BA, BEd, MDefStud, GradDipStratStud, FAICD, MAIM, IPAA

 

Council appointed to FARM

 

 

 

 

Ms Ginnane is a community member of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  As an independent director and consultant, she aims to bring a non- pharmacy and consumer perspective to the Council deliberations and to contribute through her knowledge of governance and process.   Her time as CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council assists her with an excellent knowledge of the overall health system in Australia.  She would like to see better links between all parts of the health care system to seek better outcomes for patients.

Gayle serves on a wide variety of other Boards.   She is the Chair of the National Blood Authority;  Director, CIT Solutions Ltd; an Independent Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee (Australian Pharmacy Council); Director, Australian Council for Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA);  Director, Police Health; Director, ACT Medicare Local; Independent Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee, Professional Services Review (PSR); and is Trustee and Honorary Secretary, The Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting.

Ms Ginnane’s holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies; Master of Defence Studies;  Bachelor of Economics; and Bachelor of Arts.

Mr John Jackson

BPharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, MPubHealth

 

 

Council appointed to FARM

1 July 2010 - 1 July 2013

14 May 2013 - 13 May 2016

Mr Jackson is a Councillor of the Australian Pharmacy Council. He practises in institutional pharmacy with particular interests in health, medicines and pharmacy policy, funding of pharmaceuticals, quality use of medicines, patient safety and standards in pharmacy practice. 

He brings to Council expertise from a number of areas of pharmacy practice, extensive experience in the governance of the pharmacy profession and the policy framework that underpins the practice of pharmacists.   

John is President, Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum, Chairs the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling, Department of Health and Ageing,  and sits on the Board of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and is a Member, Health Service Medication Expert Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care.  

A Fellow of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, his other pharmacy qualifications include a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Graduate Diploma in Hospital Pharmacy and Master of Public Health.  

Ms Ros Jackson

Independent member to FARM

 

15 September 2012 -
14 September 2015

Ms Jackson is an independent Member to the FARM committee.  She is principal of the Australian Capital Training Group Ptd Ltd. 

Roslyn brings a wide range of experience to the FARM committee as she is a Chartered Accountant by profession, and has worked in both public and private sectors in accounting related fields and educational services. 

Roslyn has been involved at Board level with a wide range of different organisations:  Director, Diabetes Australia Ltd, Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee, Diabetes Australia Ltd; President, Diabetes Australia ACT Ltd, Chair of the Audit Committee, Diabetes ACT Ltd.

Ros is a Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA), She holds postgraduate qualifications in Accounting and Taxation from University of New England and a Bachelor of Financial Administration, from University of New England.  She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

 

The Members of the Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd are the pharmacy professional organisations, the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, and independent representatives of the Australian pharmacy profession.