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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : October 2006
events events Wisdom,wellness,women—an unforgettable Congress I By Congress chair, Lillian Chen N these challenging times for phar- macy, it is always wonderful to be involved in such a positive event as the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Pharmacy Women’s Congress 2006. Themed ‘wis- dom, wellness, women’, the third annual Pharmacy Women’s Congress attracted 300 delegates and was held in Manly, Sydney on 18–20 August. Delegates—female and male—repre- sented the full spectrum of the pharmacy profession, from community, hospital, industry and government agencies, and came together to listen and learn from high profile women in health and in Phar- macy, as well as to embrace the network- ing opportunities. Highlights of the congress included the address by Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC, who spoke of her jour- ney, a ‘just do it’ attitude to life and her relentless work with the underprivileged. Her inspiring speech set the tone for the Congress with other distinguished women, such as Jane Halton, secretary for the Department of Health and Ageing and Kate Carnell, CEO of the Australian Division of General Practice, also sharing their impressive tales of success by believ- ing in themselves and being passionate about their work. The delegates were entertained, edu- cated and motivated by more than 35 speakers and panellists. Presentations cov- ered a range of topics including mental health, diabetes and complementary medicines, the importance of incorporat- ing disease state management into phar- macy, and the merits of seeking advice from a financial advisor for investment and retirement planning. Support by family, friends, peers and mentors was also a theme common to many presenters and believed to be cru- cial in order for women of all ages to take on the challenges of further career moves and, perhaps, pharmacy ownership and leadership. The Congress itself was not possible without the support of many, including the extremely hard working Congress committee (Lyn Bronger, Patti Payne, Lynette Brown and Jocelyn Bussing) and the many generous sponsors, exhibitors and supporters. ¦