NPS MedicineWise has announced the appointment of three Honorary Members as part of a bi-annual process to publicly acknowledge outstanding and long-term commitments individuals have made to improving the quality use of medicines and medical tests in Australia. Honorary lifetime memberships, presented at the National Medicines Symposium 2018 in Canberra last week, were awarded to:
- Jo Watson, a consumer advocate and Deputy Chair of the Consumers Health Forum
- Geraldine Moses, doctor of clinical pharmacy, who has provided medicines information to members of the Australian Dental Association for over three decades
- Mitchell Claes, Director of Clinical Advice Management for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), who has worked with veterans’ health issues since 2001.
Dr Lynn Weekes, CEO of NPS MedicineWise says, “The honorary membership category was introduced in 2011 to recognise significant contributions made to the quality use of medicines and medical tests by individuals. The process for appointment invites nominations from our members, directors, advisory groups and staff. We’re delighted to recognise three people who continue to bring important medicines safety and efficacy issues to their communities.”
Jo Watson has been a consumer advocate in health for several decades and alongside her position with the Consumers Health Forum, Ms Watson is also Chair of the HTA Consumer Consultative Committee, within the Commonwealth Department of Health. Ms Watson is a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and became the first Deputy Chair in 2017.
Geraldine Moses provides a national medicines information service for members of the Australian Dental Association called ‘Pharma-Advice’, answering medicine-related questions submitted via website, phone, email, or text message from ADA members throughout Australia. Dr Moses continues to work part-time at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland. She also consults to organisations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Queensland Office of Health Ombudsman and the New Zealand Dental Association.
In 2013, Dr Moses received ADA Queensland branch’s Medal of Merit for services to the dental profession as a non-dentist. Dr Moses has had a long association with NPS MedicineWise having been involved in the establishment of the NPS Medicines Line and Adverse Medicine Events Line and their first decade of operation.
During his time with DVA, Mitchell Claes has been the Director of Veterans’ Affairs Pharmaceutical Advisory Centre and National Director of Pharmaceutical programs. Mr Claes has been involved with the editorial committee of the Veterans Medicines Advice and Therapeutic Education Service project for many years which aims to improve the use of medicines and related health services in the veteran community. He is also responsible for the Drug Review Safety and Pain Management Program which assists prescribers and their veteran patients who require high-risk or high dose opioid analgesics and/or sedative medications.
Honorary membership is for life or until the person resigns their membership. The honorary members are not current employees or directors of NPS MedicineWise.