Medication safety expert Avril Lee wins award in Singapore

12 Oct 2017 | Medication Safety

Avril Lee receives international recognition at the 2017 SingHealth Duke-NUS Medical School Education Conference for innovative approaches in medical education in New Zealand

Congratulations to Avril Lee, member of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s medication safety expert advisory group on her awards at the recent SingHealth Education Conference held in Singapore.

The conference took place at the Academia where collaborative learning across different teams and disciplines draws on the strengths and best practices of others and helps make new discoveries in medicine to advance patient care. This year’s conference was aptly themed 'Best Practices in Health Professions Education – Challenges and Opportunities'.

The work of Avril Lee and the co-authors was recognised in two areas of innovative medical education:

  1. Best oral presentation in the ‘Stories’ category for her work with the pharmacy buddy system, implemented at Waitemata DHB to help international medical graduates transition more appropriately into prescribing in New Zealand. The presentation was called 'Pharmacy coaching for international medical graduates – a new paradigm in orientation'. This work was co-authored by Dr Eleri Clissold, working at the time as a medical education fellow in the clinical education and training unit at Waitemata DHB. This was a joint appointment with the University of Auckland Medical School.

  2. Runner-up for her work with trainee interns. The presentation was called 'Medication safety option: Inter-professional programme to improve junior medical staff transition'. This is a three-week attachment, designed by Avril for sixth-year medical students on medication safety and prescribing as part of the School of Medicine’s sixth-year curriculum. This work was co-authored by Dr Vani Chandran and Jess Nand from Waitemata DHB. 

Avril Lee award 2017

Congratulations to Avril, the co-authors, Waitemata DHB and the University of Auckland Medical School for taking home first and second prizes and receiving international recognition in these innovative approaches in medical education. We understand there was much interest expressed by the judging panel in how this work could be spread and scaled nationally.

Well done Avril and the team and we hope this work inspires other pharmacists to engage in inter-professional medical education opportunities across New Zealand.

For more information contact Avril Lee

Last updated 12/10/2017