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Joy Bostock

17 January 1928—18 February 2009

Joy Bostock was a visionary for pharmacy services in Queensland and an integral part of Mater for 26 years.

Ms Bostock first came to work at Mater Adult Hospital in 1967—after travelling abroad as a pharmacist for more than a decade—bringing with her the expertise and experience she had acquired. It was during this time she made Mater “home” for the rest of her career.

Ever committed to learning and development, Ms Bostock continued to spend a couple of months abroad every two years during her vacations, bringing back new technologies and trends in pharmacy administration and practice, which she carefully modified to suit the Queensland scene.

Ms Bostock was devoted to student training and post-graduate education, as is evidenced by her membership of relevant committees, her liaison with the Pharmacy Department of The University of Queensland and the training of undergraduate students and pre-registration trainees.

The training program she devised and continually updated was accepted by the Pharmacy Board of Queensland in lieu of the course laid down by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Overseas pharmacists found in Ms Bostock a ready helper and under her guidance, Mater initiated a pharmacist exchange program with country hospitals to the benefit of both.

During her tenure at Mater, Ms Bostock lectured in pharmacology for nurses, coached the Mater Nurses’ Swimming team, saw the reconfiguration of pharmacy services, formulated policies and procedures for pharmacy services across campus, undertook research projects and had several awards bestowed on her.

She was an esteemed member of various pharmacy bodies including the State Branch Committee of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and in 1991 was the inaugural recipient of the William Harris Award of Merit granted for “meritorious service in the practice of hospital pharmacy”.

Ms Bostock retired as Chief Pharmacist at Mater Health Services in 1993.

She passed away on Wednesday, 18 February 2009 and is survived by her brother and his family.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Joy Bostock


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