NSLHD News December 19 2022

Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell and the Kolling’s Lab of Ageing and Pharmacology team

Kolling researcher recognised on the international stage Congratulations to research fellow Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell who has received a prestigious award for her contribution to pharmacology. Lisa has welcomed the special award, saying it is a tremendous honour.

“I’m very humbled to receive this award. I’m supported by many women in pharmacology and receiving this award also recognises their achievements.” As part of the Kolling Institute’s Laboratory of Ageing and Pharmacology, Lisa drives research to improve the quality use of medicines in older adults. She specifically helps develop digital health interventions to identify high risk medicines. Her main project involves the development and implementation of the Goal-directed Medication review Electronic Decision Support System known as G-MEDSS. Further information about this system to ensure the safe use of medications is available at https://gmedss.com. Sector and disability employment. Interim Chief Executive Lee Gregory said the district is always striving to create a safe and inclusive environment for those living with disability. “As part of the NSLHD Disability Inclusion Action Plan, the district is committed to promoting equitable access to high quality services and improving employment opportunities for people with disability,” he said. “We’ve made adjustments to communication, buildings and environment, staff training, clinical services, and recruitment processes in response to the needs of people with disability, which we will continue to do. “I would like to thank everyone for the great work you do in making disability-related adjustments for patients and for colleagues.”

Lisa was presented with the ASCEPT Early Achievement Award for Women during the annual meeting of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. This year’s event was held in Perth in collaboration with the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association. For the first time in three years, it attracted clinicians and researchers from across the globe. Lisa’s award is a highly coveted accolade – designed to recognise significant achievement in research in pharmacology or toxicology. It was established to foster gender equality across the field and in future leadership roles.

International Day of People with Disability 2022 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) was recently celebrated across the district and the theme for 2022 was ‘not all disabilities are visible’.

IDPwD is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. To celebrate the day, staff members were treated to an online webinar with some distinguished guests to discuss inclusion and participation in the workplace for people with disability. RNSH occupational therapist Elise Kerle, Physical Disability Council of NSW Peer Facilitator and Mentor Adrian O’Malley were on the panel to discuss their lived experiences. The panel also included the Public Service Commission’s Director of Workforce Inclusion and Experience Emilie Priday, who spoke about the NSW Government’s priorities in relation to delivering a World Class Public



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