The Community Pharmacy Management Awards, hosted by Symbion, JR Pharmacy Accountants and Terry White Chemists, seeks to encourage high achieving students to further the focus and development of best practice management in community pharmacies. A two-day management course, held in Brisbane, was part of the prize and aimed to bridge the gap between the theoretical world of university pharmacy departments and the real business of pharmacy. The training covered the management and operational aspects of running a pharmacy – from the all-important bottom line to people management and the role of manufacturers and wholesalers. Participants (pictured) were also given a behind the scenes tour of the production line inside a Symbion warehouse facility. Back row – Left to right: Mark Nicholson, JR Pharmacy; Graeme Wertheimer, University of Tasmania; Georgia Isaacs, University of Queensland; Jamie Achurch, Queensland University of Technology; Hannah Percy, University of South Australia; Ortal Marhaim, Monash University; Amy Williams, University of Western Australia; Daniel Gigliotti, Symbion. Front row – Left to right: Rebecca Steedman, Griffith University; Megan Jackson, University of Canberra; Amy Waldron, La Trobe University.
PROMPTED by yet another emergency situation threatening medicines access for patients, namely the tragic Townsville floods, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has called for three key changes around medicines supply to consumers.