What’s In A Name?

I’m speaking at the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) conference this year.

A few days ago I received an email that made me laugh:

Hi Robbo

I have just sent you the speaker confirmation email for the Medicines Management 2009, The 35th SHPA National Conference. Great to have you involved in the conference.

What I wanted to check with you is how you would like your details to be listed in the program.

It seems like pretty much everyone knows you as Robbo, and I would just like to check with you whether you would like to be listed as Andrew Roberts, Andrew “Robbo” Roberts or Robbo Roberts?

Thank you, look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

152579107_2fd24b5789_t Since my first day working out bush I have not been able to use my first name. Rather than using my nickname out bush and my real name “in town” I tend to use my nickname all the time, even in professional meetings.

The post Kunmarnanya my Lord, Kunmarnanya” and my page About The Blog” tell more of that story.

Five years on I still get the queries like the one above. I guess I will be for a while yet. So it’s good I find it humourous.

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Robbo is a pharmacist working with a very remote Aboriginal Health Service in the deserts of Western Australia. + Andrew Robbo Roberts

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  3. What’s pleasing, Robbo, it that most people do seem to try to “get it right”. Even when it’s a highly-unusual name like mine — a single given name with no surname at that, one that most databases can’t cope with — they still try. It’s a credit to the positive side of human nature.

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