Your independent organisation owned by its pharmacist members

Who we are

As Australia’s first national pharmacy body, PDL was established in 1912 by pharmacists, for pharmacists. Now over 100 years old, we are still 100% owned by our pharmacist members and are dedicated to supporting them throughout their professional life. We are a not-for-profit organisation and support over 29,000 national members in the Australian pharmacy profession, comprised mostly of hospital, clinical, research and community pharmacists, students, and interns.

What we do

At PDL, we provide member support through professional indemnity (PI) insurance that is tailored to pharmacists, covers everything in the scope of pharmacy and meets the requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia (Ahpra). Along with advice and procedures for risk minimisation, we aim to advance the professionalism of members through leadership, advocacy and building awareness of risk minimisation strategies. 

We offer our members expertise and unbiased assistance through confidential support services, which are not punitive or judgemental. One-to-one member care and support is given via our professional officers who are themselves experienced pharmacists, so members can be assured of immediate and exceptional service.

We operate an Australia-wide, 24/7 professional incident and claims support and advice service to protect our members and to minimise patient harm. Beyond member advocacy, we support pharmacy organisations and events, research, and projects designed to enhance the profession, its standards, risk management and professional service to the Australian public.

Our Professional Officers are experienced pharmacists who provide assistance to our members when they need support.

PDL Registered Office: 40 Burwood Road Hawthorn Vic 3122 PDL is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by fellow PDL members in each state to represent them.The PDL Constitution governs how PDL operates. Read more

PDL Directors

Paul Naismith

Paul Naismith

Chair

Celia Sansom

Celia Sansom

WA

Gilbert Yeates

Gilbert Yeates

Deputy Chair QLD

Kirstie Galbraith

Kirstie Galbraith

VIC 

Curtis Ruhnau

Curtis Ruhnau

ACT / NSW

Ian Todd

Ian Todd

SA / NT

Joe O'Malley

Joe O'Malley

TAS

David Brown

David Brown

CEO

Local Advisory Committees

Local Advisory Committees (LACs) also operate across all states of Australia. The role of the LACs is to: 

  • Provide a central focus for all PDL member pharmacists in each State
  • Provide strategic care and guidance for all PDL members if necessary
  • Bring to the attention of the PDL board any matter that it regards as relevant to the enhancement of pharmacy such as risk management, pharmacist support services, use of scanners in the dispensary, packaging and labelling, warnings to members and any other matter it sees fit
  • Act as the PDL representative as required

Committee members

Australian Capital Territory / New South Wales

Left to right

Olivia Collenette 

Harriet Wright 

Curtis Ruhnau 

Katrina Short (former member)

Georgina Woods (Chair)

Kylie Mitchell (not pictured)

Jeffery Wang (not pictured)

Queensland

Left to right

Andrew Petrie 

Michelle Bou-Samara

Gilbert Yeates 

James McDowell 

Gary West (Chair) 

South Australia / Northern Territory

Left to right

Jack Janetzki 

Paula Kwan (Chair) 

Leigh Harrison 

Amy Minion (not pictured) 

Ian Todd (not pictured) 

Tasmania

Left to right

Joe O'Malley (Chair)

Camille Boland

Justin Cousins

Robert Scanlon

Victoria

Left to right

David Brown (PDL CEO) 

Jane Mitchell 

John Guy (Chair) 

Kirstie Galbraith 

Paul Naismith 

Western Australia

Left to right

Celia Sansom

William Bryan 

Bridgett McKay (Chair) 

Dean Schulze (former member)

John Forster 

Tracy Routledge (not pictured)