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Award winning pharmacist retires after 20 years at Peninsula Health

Skip Lam (centre) with members of the pharmacy team at his farewell.

Director of Pharmacy Skip Lam is retiring after 20 years of service with Peninsula Health.

“I have really enjoyed my time here and being part of the broader movement over the last 20 years to expand clinical pharmacy services, promote the use of ward technicians and introduce electronic medication management,” says Skip.

“In the process we created pharmacy informatics roles and pioneered the increased responsibilities of pharmacists in medication management such as collaborative prescribers and antimicrobial stewardship.”

Skip and his team were recognised for their work implementing electronic discharge prescribing and discharge summaries at the 2006 Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Quality Improvement Awards.

“I believe this was the first national award won for the health service,” recalls Skip.

“Peninsula Health Pharmacy Department is well respected among its peers and has been a leader in many areas, including implementing electronic medication management.”

As well as leading the department to new frontiers, Skip is also known for his “open door” policy, and his mentoring work. 

He says nurturing young pharmacists and seeing them grow has been one of the highlights of his time at Peninsula Health.

“They have become not only excellent in their clinical skills but have also started practice-based research. Last financial year, we published 10 research papers.”

CEO Sue Williams, Clinical Director of Medicine Gary Braun and Executive Director of Medical Services Tim Williams with Skip. 

Whilst it is hard to leave a place where he has achieved so much and spent a large part of his life, Skip is excited for the new adventures awaiting him in retirement.

“Peninsula Health has been where I have grown personally and professionally over the years; it has been a second home to me,” says Skip.

“It is sad to leave a place where I have spent 20 years of my life but as one door closes, another opens and I am looking forward to having time to experience new things and activities and time for the family.”

After developing the careers of so many pharmacists over the years he has one last piece of advice for the next generation of pharmacists.

“Keep an open and enquiring mind and never stop learning. Always remember at the end of the line is the patient,” says Skip.

Peninsula Health CEO Sue Williams and Executive Director of Medical Services Tim Williams both thanked Skip for all of his work over the years at his farewell on 28 July. 

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au