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The Victorian Pharmacy Authority (the Authority) commenced operation on 24 August 2010. It is established under the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010 (the Act) with the Minister for Health as the responsible Minister. It is the successor in law to the Pharmacy Board of Victoria.

The Authority consists of members appointed by the Governor in Council on the nomination of the Minister. Three must be registered pharmacists, one must be an Australian lawyer and one must be a person who is not a registered pharmacist.

The Authority is supported by a Registrar (Chief Executive Officer), Chief Financial Officer, Senior Pharmacist and other staff.

From 28 April 2020 the members are as follows:

David McConville BPharm (Pharmacist Member) MPS AACPA MAICD

Authority Chairperson and pharmacist member David McConville graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1990 and is a partner in a community pharmacy in Balwyn North. Specialty areas of pharmacy of interest to David include Pharmacotherapy, Pain management and Aged Care. David is a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Area 4 Pharmacotherapy Network and is a foundation member of the Victorian Clinical Council, established to advise and provide guidance to the State government and health agencies to provide safer, better care to all Victorians.

Memberships: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, AICD and AACP.

Marie Ritchie GradCertBA (Community Member) MAICD, HonMemPDL

Community member Marie Ritchie worked for Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) until 30th December 2016. She was the CEO and Company Secretary from 2009. She was also the Company Secretary of Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Co Ltd (APPco). Marie worked for these two companies for over 22 years. Marie currently is the Chair of the Kooweerup Regional Health Service (KRHS). She joined the KRHS Board in July 2016.

Memberships: Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (Honorary Member), AICD

Brendon Moar BPharm (Pharmacist Member) MPS

Pharmacist member Brendon Moar is a proprietor and pharmacist in charge of Corner Amcal Bairnsdale, Board member of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, and member of the East Gippsland Primary Health Care Network’s Clinical Advisory Committee. Brendon has been a community pharmacist in East Gippsland for 12 years with great interest in integrated healthcare, indigenous and public health, and health literacy in regional communities. He has a keen interest in risk management within the health care setting, and pharmacy regulation, having previously been a member of the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s Notifications Committee.

Memberships: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Elizabeth Kennedy BA LLB (Hons) LLM (Melb) Grad Dip Health & Med Law (Lawyer Member) GAICD

Elizabeth Kennedy is currently General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Elizabeth has previously been Corporate Counsel at Epworth HealthCare Group, other hospitals, and corporate solicitor to the Australian Medical Association (Victoria). Elizabeth specialises in health and medical law. She has written many legal articles, and presented on many varied health and medical topics. She is Chair of the Appeals Committees of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. She has sat as the community member on disciplinary panels for AHPRA. Elizabeth is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Until the end of 2016, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Department, and taught health professionals undertaking post graduate studies about law for health systems. She is a currently a Director of Eastern Melbourne Health Care Network Ltd.

Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, The Medico –Legal Society of Victoria, Association of Corporate Counsel Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Cassie Fersterer BPharm MPharmPrac (Pharmacist Member)

Cassie first registered in 1997. She has practised in hospital pharmacy in both clinical and managerial roles, and also has several year’s community pharmacy experience. She spent time working in the regulatory sector for AHPRA in the administration of Pharmacy Board examinations and registration of pharmacists. She also worked for several years at SHPA supporting pharmacists in their practice. Cassie currently works at NPS MedicineWise as a clinical services specialist, using her skills as a pharmacist to educate GPs on evidenced based prescribing. She also works as an examiner for the Pharmacy Board of Australia, and is passionate about lifelong learning, integrity, quality use of medicines and serving and protecting consumers when it comes to their health.

Divesh Sanghvi BPharm (Pharmacist Member)

Divesh Sanghvi is a second-generation pharmacist and pharmacy owner. Divesh has a fundamental interest in community safety and how best community pharmacy can deliver this whilst maintaining optimal health outcomes. Throughout his career Divesh has enjoyed working collaboratively with numerous leaders in the pharmacy sector, including wholesalers, banner groups, hospitals, manufacturers and other key stakeholders, for the betterment of the community. Divesh is passionate about the role of technology in innovating the profession whilst maintaining pharmacy integrity and patient safety as non-negotiables.

Memberships: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Our Functions

The Authority has the following functions:
    (a)    to license a person to carry on a pharmacy business or a pharmacy department;
    (b)    to register the premises of a pharmacy business, pharmacy department or pharmacy depot;
    (c)    to issue standards in relation to the operation of pharmacies, pharmacy businesses, pharmacy
            departments and pharmacy depots;
    (d)    to advise the Minister on any matters relating to its functions;
    (e)    when so requested by the Minister, to give to the Minister any information reasonably required by
            the Minister;
    (f)    to keep a public register;
    (g)    any other function conferred on the Authority by or under the Act or any other Act. 

Assisting Pharmacists

The Authority will provide information for licensees and pharmacists practising in registered premises to assist them in their practice and compliance with legislation.