Grants and Awards
Annual PSS Awards

Grants & Awards

PSS Lifetime Achievement Award

In honour of the late Mr Koe Khoon Poh (1943-2014)

For the first time in the history of PSS, the PSS Lifetime Achivement Award was presented posthumously to honour a visionary leader, historian, mentor and father, Mr Koe Khoon Poh. The PSS Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a pharmacist who has shown unstinting effort and relentless drive in uplifting the image and standing of the pharmacy profession, commitment, passion and dedication to the pharmacy calling and contributions to society. Minister Gan presented this award of the highest standing to Mr Koe's family on 18 October 2014.

Dr Stuart Koe (2nd from left), Mrs Susan Koe (2nd from right) and Ms Michelle Koe (1st from left) receiving the award from 

Mr Gan Kim Yong and Ms Miko Thum

Read more about Mr Koe Khoon Poh and his legacy

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Outstanding Pharmacist Award

Professor Lucy Wan Outstanding Pharmacist Award is the highest award PSS gives to Singapore pharmacists who have excelled in their area of pharmacy practice.

PAST WINNERS

1995
Mr Wu Tuck Seng
1996
Mr Eng Tong Seng
1998
Ms Ang Hui Gek
1999
Dr Chui Wai Keung
2000
Mr Png Yong Koh
2001
Ms Chew Sui Tjien, Lita
2002
Ms Quay Siew Ching, Irene
2003
Mrs Ooi Chew Eng
2004/5
Ms Chan Soo Chung
2006
Dr Wong Ming Lee, Camilla
2007
Ms M K Fatimah
2008
Mr Ng Cheng Tiang
2009
Dr Kwa Lay Hoon, Andrea
2011
Mr Yap Pheng Aun, Peter
2012 Dr Doreen Tan
2013 Mr Kong Ming Chai

Professor Lucy Wan, presenting the award to Mr Kong Ming Chai
 

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Mrs Tan Shook Fong - PSS Innovation & Scientific Research Award

This award is presented by Mrs Tan Shook Fong, former Chief Pharmacist of Singapore and the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS). This award is made possible through the generous donation of Mrs Tan Shook Fong. 

Purpose

The award is presented to an individual or team for a research project that has demonstrated innovation and significant impact on pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences in Singapore. Pharmacy practice is broadly defined including areas such as outcomes, surveys, patient safety, standards validation, discovery of new side effects and incompatibilities and translational science applications. Pharmaceutical sciences combines a wide range of scientific disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. Pharmaceutical sciences can be broadly classified into the following categories – drug discovery and design, drug delivery, drug action, drug analysis, pharmacoeconomics, clinical sciences, regulatory affairs.

The innovations and discoveries shall not be limited by the above.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered pharmacist with the Singapore Pharmacy Council
  • Member of Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore
  • Applicant must be either the Principal or Co-Investigator of the project
  • Research must be carried out in accordance to ethical standards in Singapore and approved by the Institution Review Board where applicable
  • Project has financial or patient benefit impact and the project must have been completed not more than 12 months before 30 June of the year of application.

 

The award review panel will be comprised of Mrs Tan Shook Fong and individuals appointed by the PSS Council.


More about Mrs Tan Shook Fong

Mrs Tan Shook Fong was the former Chief Pharmacist, and Director of the Pharmaceutical Department from 1995 - 2003. She was also the President and Registrar of the then Singapore Pharmacy board. As the Chief Pharmacist, Mrs Tan’s top priorities included raising the standards of medication safety and pharmaceutical care to patients. Mrs Tan made significant contributions to the modernisation of hospital pharmacy which included computerised pharmacy dispensing systems, inpatient medication records, introduction of ready-to-use dispensing packs, customised total parenteral and enteral feeds. She was also instrumental in the set up of a centralised Drug Information Unit.

Mrs Tan was responsible for improving the drug registration process to enable drugs to be registered more quickly for the benefit of patients. Introductions to legislation on smoking control, cosmetics control and chinese proprietary medicine during Mrs Tan's time further enhanced the protection of public health.
 
In her illustrious career,  Mrs Tan published 32 scientific papers and a number of handbooks for use at hospitals and also presented her research papers at international conferences. She was subsequently appointed Special Pharmaceutical Advisor when the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) was formed.
 
In recognition of her dedicated and exemplary service in her field, Mrs Tan was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2003. In 2009, Mrs Tan was awarded the Distinguished Science Alumni Award by the National University of Singapore.
 
After her retirement in 2003, Mrs Tan continued to be active in the pharmacy field. She held various positions including Chairperson of the Singapore Pharmacy Board Continuing Pharmacy Education Accreditation Committee, Consultant Pharmacist at Haw Par Healthcare Ltd and Advisor to Singapore Pharmacy Board and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. Mrs Tan is also Honorary Secretary to Friends of the Museums Singapore and was a pioneer in setting up a structured programme for the training of Museum Docents for the National Heritage Board.

Application Process

1.     The application form with clearly stated outcomes must be submitted by 30 June each year, to the attention of PSS Honorary Secretary at admin@pss.org.sg who will act as the award administrator.

2.     The project must be completed by time of award nomination.

3.     All applications will be reviewed by members of Award Panel and a decision regarding the award winner will be made known within 90 days of submission. The panel’s decision is final.

Click here for the application form


Award Prize

  • The recipient of the Mrs Tan Shook Fong - PSS Innovation and Scientific Research Award will receive S$1,000 in cash, free PSS membership for 1 year and a plaque.


Inaugural Award 2015

The inaugural award was presented to the HSA Pharmacogenetics Team at the opening ceremony of the Singapore Pharmacy Congress in 2015.

Mrs Tan Shook Fong presenting the trophy to A/Prof Chan Cheng Leng

PAST WINNERS
  • Mrs Tan Shook Fong - PSS Innovation and Scientific Research Award 2015 – A/Prof Chan Cheng Leng
  • Mrs Tan Shook Fong - PSS Innovation and Scientific Research Award 2016 – Ms Tan Lay Keuan

 

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Community Pharmacist of the Year

Objectives:
  • To give due recognition to pharmacists who have excelled in the practice of Community Pharmacy
  • To identify leaders/role models in this area
  • To promote healthy competition amongst pharmacists
  • To encourage and promote excellence in the Pharmacy profession

 

Attributes
  • The candidate is one who mentors junior pharmacists and staff and demonstrates leadership qualities
  • Active involvement in community-based practice research/quality improvement related projects and publications will be accorded higher consideration
  • Has contributed significantly to his/her organisation in the area of Pharmacy practice.
  • Significant contributions to PSS will be accorded higher consideration

 

Eligibility and Nomination Procedure
  • Nominations can only be made by a member of PSS, preferably from the Community sector
  • The nominee must be a pharmacist and a member of PSS, with at least three years of working experience locally.
  • Nominations must be made on the prescribed Nomination form together with curriculum vitae of the nominee and letter of support/endorsement from his/her senior, supervisor or manager.

 

Judging
  • Evaluation will be made by a panel of judges appointed by PSS
  • Short-listed nominees may be interviewed by the panel

 

Presentation of Awards
  • The winner would receive a plaque, certificate and prize money of $1,000
  • The winner will be given free PSS Membership for one year

 

PAST WINNERS
  • UCB-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 1999 – Ms Wong Lilian
  • UCB-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2000 – Ms Soh Choon Li, Carolyn
  • UCB-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2001 – Ms Ng Poh Ling
  • UCB-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2002 – Ms See Yen Theng
  • UCB-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2003 – Ms Ling Kouk Me, Rose
  • Schering Plough-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2005 – Mr Chew Yong Chia Ivan
  • Schering Plough-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2006 – Ms Tan Lychee, Simone
  • PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2008 – Ms Chang Wee Ting, Caassandra
  • PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2009 – Ms Liew Nyuk Har, Anna
  • PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2010 – Ms Chew Wei Zhi, Grace
  • PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2011 – Mr Ng Yun
  • LF ASIA-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2012 - Ms Reshma Lhode
  • LF ASIA-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2013 - Ms Melinda Chiew
  • LF ASIA-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2014 - Mr Parry Zhang
  • LF ASIA-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2015 - Ms Chung Wing Lam
  • LF ASIA-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2016 - Ms Goh Shiar Yin, Sharene

 

Ms Chung Wing Lam, recipient of LF ASIA-PSS Community Pharmacist of the Year Award 2015 with Ms Miko Thum and Mr Lim Kai Kiong.

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Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award

Objectives
  • To give due recognition to pharmacists who have excelled in the area of hospital pharmacy
  • To identify leaders / role models in this area
  • To encourage and promote excellence in the pharmacy profession

 

Attributes
  • The candidate is someone who mentors junior pharmacists and staff and exhibits leadership qualities
  • Is actively involved in research / quality improvement related projects
  • Has contributed significantly to his / her dept / organization in the area of pharmacy practice
  • Significant contributions to the PSS is a bonus

 

Eligibility and Nomination Procedure
  • Nominations can only be made by a member of PSS and seconded by a pharmacist or Manager of a Hospital Pharmacy
  • The nominee must be a pharmacist and a member of PSS, with at least three years of working experience in a Hospital Pharmacy Practice locally.
  • Nominations must be made on the prescribed Nomination form together with curriculum vitae of the nominee and letter of support/endorsement from his/her senior, supervisor or manager.

 

Judging
  • Evaluation will be made by a panel of judges appointed by PSS
  • Short-listed nominees may be interviewed by the panel

 

Presentation of Awards
  • The winner would receive a plaque, certificate and prize money of $1,000
  • The winner will be given free PSS Membership for one year

 

PAST WINNERS
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2004 - Ms Lim Siew Woon
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2005 - Ms Lim Siew Woon
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2006 - Ms Koh Mei Ching, Geraldine
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2007 - Ms Lee Hui Ling, Winnie
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2008 - Ms Tan Su-Yin, Doreen
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2009 - Ms Lee Soo Boon
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2010 - Ms Ng Hong Yen
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2011 - Mr Yeoh Siang Fei
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2012 - Ms Law Hwa Lin 
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2013 - Mr Ian Wee
  • PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2016 - Ms Hooi Pik Yee

 


Ms Miko Thum, President of PSS, with Mr Tony Ooi, VP, Asia Pacific Region, Shire Pharmaceuticals, presenting the 2013 PSS-Shire Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award to Mr Ian Wee

 

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Industry Pharmacist of the Year

Objectives
  • To give due recognition to Pharmaceutical Industry pharmacists who have excelled in the healthcare sector
  • To identify leaders/role models in this area
  • To encourage innovations, entrepreneurship and leadership in the industry
  • To encourage and promote excellence in the industry.

 

Attributes

The Candidate is one who

  • who demonstrates leadership qualities and has made positive impact to his/her organization
  • Is actively involved in Pharmacy-related projects and activities
  • Made significant contributions to the Pharmacy profession.

 

Eligibility and Nomination Procedure
  • Nominations can only be made by a member of PSS
  • The nominee must be a pharmacist and a member of PSS, with at least three years of working experience, and must be from non-community/non-hospital sector.
  • Nominations must be made on the prescribed Nomination form together with curriculum vitae of the nominee.

 

Judging
  • Evaluation will be made by a panel of judges appointed by PSS
  • Short-listed nominees may be interviewed by the panel

 

Presentation of Awards
  • The winner would receive a plaque, certificate and prize money of $1,000
  • The winner will be given free PSS Membership for one year

 

PAST WINNERS
  • ICM-PSS Industry Pharmacist of the Year Award 2008 – Ms Lim Seow Ling, Christine
  • ICM-PSS Industry Pharmacist of the Year Award 2009 – Ms Koh Oon Sim
  • ICM-PSS Industry Pharmacist of the Year Award 2013 - Mr Sia Chong Hock
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