Advanced practice pharmacist
BPharm, GradDipClinPharm, AdvDipNutrPharm, CGP, AdvPracPharm, AACPA, FASCP, FPS, FACP, FSHP, FAICD
Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduation with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland she has since obtained a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Pharmacy and certification as an Asthma Educator; and credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist.
Debbie is a Director on the NPS MedicineWise Board (National Prescribing Service) since 2008. Debbie has had ministerial appointments to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council (ATGAC) and Natural Therapies Review Advisory Committee (NTRAC). She was a Clinical Governance Advisor to NEHTA, and now is a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency. Debbie also sits on the Practitioner Reference Group for DVA MATES program.
Over the last 20 years Debbie has served on numerous committees for pharmacy organisations including as Chair and Director of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP), national vice-president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and a PSA Qld Branch committee member. Debbie also established The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) Accredited Pharmacist Reference Group.
Debbie is also a Fellow of PSA, Australian College of Pharmacy (ACP), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Academic appointments include Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland and Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Debbie also sits on the Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal Editorial Committee, ASCP journal The Consultant Pharmacist Editorial Review Board and Lung Foundation Australia COPD Pharmacy Committee.
Debbie has special interests in geriatric pharmacotherapy, adherence and asthma/COPD management, regularly conducts medication review services (Home Medicine Reviews) in collaboration with GPs in a medical centre, as well as providing education to pharmacists, general practitioners, nurses, nurse practitioners and consumers.
In 2001 Debbie was awarded the PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year, in 2002 the PSA Qld Bowl of Hygeia, the inaugural 2008 recipient of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist Award and in 2016 awarded the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award by SHPA.