Charnwood Capital Chemist in the ACT took out the overall Quality Care Pharmacy Program Pharmacy of the Year award at APP 2014 (PD breaking news), with the winners named yesterday by federal health minister Peter Dutton. The overall winner of the award’s three categories, owner Samantha Kourtis (pictured below accepting the award) said any pharmacists who thought their pharmacy might have something to showcase should consider entering next year. Charnwood Capital Chemist was also named the winner of the Innovation in Professional Services category, with Priceline Pharmacy Springwood, NSW, taking out the Excellence in Business Management category, and Outback Pharmacies Broken Hill NSW coming up trumps in the Excellence in Community Engagement category. Bill Scott, one of the award judges, said the ten finalists provided pharmaceutical services in care, most in disadvantaged areas, providing “sensational” service with almost no focus on price. “Like many of the pharmacies this year, Samantha saw that there were needs in the community that weren’t being dealt with.” Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president George Tambassis said there was no better showcase of the individual and collective achievements of the industry than the rigorously judged and highly respected award. The winners will share a cash prize, receive a trophy and an in-pharmacy photo shoot.
HEALTH Minister Greg Hunt has hailed the contribution of community pharmacies across Australia to reducing the incidence of flu last winter, with this year’s successful primary care vaccination program helping deliver the lowest rates of influenza in the country since 2013.
THE team from Carmen Drive Pharmacy in the Sydney suburb of Carlingford (pictured) recently met with NSW Pharmacy Guild Senior Membership Manager Sonia Moss, who congratulated Yvonne, Lois and Chris for being an integral part of their local health district.