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2016 Early Career Recipient. College of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr Chris Freeman is a Consultant Practice Pharmacist at Camp Hill Medical Centre in Brisbane and a Clinical Lecturer in the Quality Use of Medicines at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland.
He is also an Advisor on the Pharmacy Practice Review Working Group for NPS MedicineWise in Sydney and a Visiting Fellow in the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology.
After graduating from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Dr Freeman completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and a PhD from the University of Queensland.
In the 10 years since graduating, Dr Freeman has achieved national recognition in many spheres of Pharmacy – most notably for his pioneering work as a consultant pharmacist working as part of the General Practice medical team.
It was his work in this area that led to him being awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2011.
He became the first Australian pharmacist to obtain specialisation in ambulatory care pharmacy in 2012 under the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in the United States.
Last year, Dr Freeman became one of the first pharmacists in Australia and New Zealand to be credentialed by the Australian Pharmacy Council as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist.
Dr Freeman has also won a number of other prestigious awards.
In 2013 he was awarded the Innovation in General Practice Award by the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited.
He was awarded Consultant Pharmacist of the Year in 2014 by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy and in 2015, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in the Queensland Government nominated him as an Australia Day Ambassador.
Dr Freeman holds a number of directorships, including being a national Board Director and Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, a Board Director of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy, and a Director of the CHARMING Institute, Camp Hill Healthcare.
He also serves on numerous advisory committees.
Dr Freeman is obviously passionate about Pharmacy – both education and practice - and always strives to implement positive change.
Despite his many achievements, he remains selfless and focused on the needs of the broader community.