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February 2020

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Jacinta Castello

National award for Austin Health pharmacist

Austin Health pharmacist Jacinta Castello has been named as both the Australian and Victorian pharmacy resident of the year by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

Ms Castello was recognised for her 12-month research project into opioid usage by patients who have had a total knee or hip replacement.

Opioid use is a key priority for medication safety across Australia and the subject of increasing clinical and community focus.

‘I would call patients three weeks post discharge from hospital to see what medications they’re on and how they’re travelling with rehabilitation to help with their pain management.’

Ms Castello is currently working in The Austin renal ward on the transplant and patient care team.