It is with sadness that the Monash Health community farewells Dr (Captain) Ian Larmour, who passed away in the company of family late July.
Ian made a tremendous contribution to Monash Health across a long and illustrious career. A true pioneer of modern hospital pharmacy practice Ian was a champion for patient safety and quality improvement, playing an integral role in taking pharmacists’ from the basement to the patient bedside.
Ian began his career in an officer training course in the Australian Army, before completing a pharmacy internship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 1973, he became Deputy Director of Pharmacy at Prince Henry’s Hospital, commencing 43 years of uninterrupted service to Monash Health. In 1981, he succeeded Shirley Shannon as Director of Pharmacy at Prince Henry’s, and was appointed Director of Pharmacy for the amalgamated Monash Medical Centre in 1988 and then Southern Health Care Network (now Monash Health) in 1997. Ian remained the Director of Pharmacy through to his retirement in 2015, when he assumed the title of Emeritus Director of Pharmacy.
Ian worked tirelessly in supporting the pharmacy profession and the broader healthcare sector holding numerous appointments within a diverse range of professional organisations including The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Therapeutic Advisory Group, the Council of Australian Therapeutic Advisory Groups, Health Purchasing Victoria and many more. Ian was recognised for his outstanding contribution and exemplary leadership in hospital pharmacy practice, being awarded the prestigious SHPA Glaxo Medal of Merit in 1991.
Ian was passionate about clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical supply chain innovation, education, research and growing and developing the team of people around him. During Ian’s 35 years as Director the department formed strong international education relationships, providing opportunities for students and pharmacists from the United States, France and China to gain an understanding of the Australian healthcare landscape. Ian authored and contributed extensively to research and was widely published across many journals. This culminated with the completion of his thesis for his Monash University Doctorate on ‘Innovation and Evolution in Hospital Pharmacy Practice’, bringing together completed works across 1973-2018.
Ian was truly dedicated and giving of his time, providing support, coaching and mentorship to many within and outside of the Monash Health Pharmacy Department. His colleagues and friends will miss his encouragement, kind words, unwavering support and friendship which continued on after his time at Monash Health.
We will always be thankful to Ian for all that he contributed to the Pharmacy Department, Monash Health, the hospital pharmacy profession and the broader healthcare sector. We express our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to Ian’s family; Laurise, Paul and Luke.