Australia Day Honours
UQ School of Pharmacy alumnus Warren Blee has been congratulated on being awarded a Medal of The Order of Australia General Division (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the pharmaceutical industry and to the Australian Naval Cadets.
National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Grant Kardachi, said Mr Blee was a very worthy recipient of the great honour.
"Warren is very well known in pharmacy circles and his work for the profession over the years has been outstanding," Mr Kardachi said.
"Warren has also characterised the great principles for which the profession stands in his work as a community pharmacist and as a pharmacist who has always been available with help, advice and a friendly face for customers and patients.
“He has also been very active in the PSA and has been instrumental in the operation of a wide range of PSA committees and working groups and his participation in these areas has been untiring.”
Mr Blee was President of PSA’s Queensland Branch from 1997-1999 and 2005-2008; as well as holding the position of Vice-President from 1995-1997 and being a Councillor since 1991.
He was also the Queensland representative on the National PSA Transitional Authority which laid the foundations for the Society to become a unified national body representing pharmacists across all sectors of the profession in Australia.
In addition to these roles, Mr Blee has held a range of positions including Alternate National Director of PSA; Chair of PSA’s Finance and Audit Committee; Chair of the PSA Membership Working Group; Chair of the, Society’s Honours and Awards Committee; and Trustee of the Hugh and Mary Darragh Trust.
He was also a member of the Queensland Health Minister's Advisory Committee from 1997-1998.
“On top of all these roles which he dedicated so much time to, Warren has been a successful community pharmacist on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast since 1979,” Mr Kardachi said.