Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2014

WONG Yiam Moi
BSc Pharm 1982
Senior Director, Retail Development & Special Projects, NTUC Health Co-operative Ltd

Graduating in 1982, Ms Wong Yiam Moi started in Guardian Pharmacy as the pioneer batch of retail pupil pharmacists.

She served actively in the National University of Singapore Pharmaceutical Society (NUSPS) during her university days and also in the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS) in the 80’s and 90’s in the Community Pharmacy Chapter.

In 1992, together with Mrs Tan Cheng Bock, she set up NTUC Unity Pharmacy from scratch, under the mandate of the then Secretary-General of NTUC, the late Mr Ong Teng Cheong.

Today, she looks after the NTUC Unity retail pharmacy chain with 55 stores in Singapore with the social mission to address the rising costs of healthcare. Being a leader in a social enterprise, it is constantly a challenge to “do well” as a business in order to “do good” for the benefit of the community at large.

Ms Wong was involved in the pilot project for Tele-Pharmacy Service, championed by the NTUC Unity Healthcare. The project made used of video-conferencing technology to serve customers remotely and it made a breakthrough in getting the Health Sciences Authority to change the law and allowed the sales of pharmacy- only-medicines in the absence of a pharmacist in a remote store.

In 2008, Ms Wong was appointed to the Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC) as a member and she is currently still serving on the Council.

As a Senior Director of NTUC Health Co-operative and with 32 years of retail pharmacy experience behind her, she shares “With the NUS Pharmacy education, being a Pharmacist puts me in a very important position – I can help and influence people to take charge of their own health so that they can stay healthy and can do what their hearts desire.”

“In life, we have 3 choices - Give UP, Give IN or Give IT All You Have Got and Never Say Die!”

In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions, we honour Ms Wong Yiam Moi with the 2014 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award.