Today, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia announced the six finalists for the 2023 Guild Pharmacy of the Year with half of the finalists based in Queensland!
The three Queensland finalists below were selected from hundreds of nominations across the country:
- Livelife Pharmacy Cooroy,
- Thursday Island Pharmacy, and
- Wholelife Pharmacy & Healthfoods Pease Street.
The Guild Pharmacy of the Year Award recognises pharmacies that are leading the way in providing innovative and optimal healthcare for members of their community.
Queensland Branch President, Chris Owen, recognised the achievements of the Queensland finalists.
“Congratulations to the three Queensland finalists. This year has been another evolutionary year in community pharmacy with Queensland leading the way on free influenza vaccinations and commencement of the North Queensland Community Pharmacy Scope of Practice Pilot,” Mr Owen said.
“Therefore, it is no surprise that Queensland is well represented in the Pharmacy of the Year finalists with community, innovation, and business management at the core of Queensland community pharmacy.”
Livelife Pharmacy Cooroy Proprietor, Jacquie Meyer, said values were important for the pharmacy and its patients. Those values are: Laugh and Enjoy the Day; Inspire Others; Fully Engage; and Enrich their day.
“The commitment to a strong set of values is an important foundation for the success of Livelife Pharmacy Cooroy in Queensland being a central health hub for the local and surrounding community,” Ms Meyer said.
Caitlin Davies, speaking on behalf of the Thursday Island Pharmacy ownership team of Carli Berrill and Mick and Luci Delaney, said that their community is the reason for their very existence, and their success.
“We also love to push ourselves to offer something better within our community like visiting the elderly to provide medication information and support, community information events, educational events at the primary and high schools, and the implementation of an annual TI Pharmacy iPad Science/Maths award to all schools in the region to encourage local children to invest in their education and hopefully pharmacy as a future,” Ms Davies said.
Brothers and co-proprietors of Wholelife Pharmacy & Healthfoods Pease Street, Frank and Vince Pappalardo, said the pharmacy’s current structure was a direct result of patient demand, coupled with extensive research.
“The result is that we now support our customers in achieving a balanced and individualised approach to their health and wellbeing by combining traditional pharmacy services, contemporary health services and complimentary products,” Mr Pappalardo said.
Community pharmacies can enter in one of three award categories: Excellence in Business Management; Excellence in Community Engagement; and Excellence in Professional Innovation.
The 2023 Guild Pharmacy of the Year is chosen from the three category winners and presented during the Opening Plenary at the 2023 Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP2023) on the Gold Coast on 23-26 March.