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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : May 2005
news news ATIONAL president of the Phar- macy Guild of Australia, John Bronger, has formed a team for the upcoming Guild’s NSW Branch elections which has been called the Succession Team. The Succession Team has a youthful feel to it, with members representing a range of ethnic, professional backgrounds and business interests. The team aims to ‘implement a generational change from the present leadership to a younger enthu- siastic group in a way that maximises a sustainable future for us all’. Four of the members—John Bronger, John Dornan, Brendan O’Loughlin and Alison Aylott—are representatives of the Guild’s Fourth Agreement Negotiation Team and underpin the Team’s goal of maintaining ongoing ownership of phar- macies by pharmacists and commercially viable five-year agreements with the Fed- eral Government. Top of the Succession agenda is rebuilding relationships between all phar- macy organisations: ‘Only with unity can we tap synergies to deliver models for pro- fessional services that are commercially sustainable and provent governments and Succession Team to take on NSW Guild N others driving wedges into community pharmacy’, said the team’s election man- ifesto. The team want to encourage the deliv- ery of new services that are commercially sustainable and believe that ‘free services are an old paradigm’. To drive this vision of creating income streams that are not reliant on government funding, the team will push for more research into customer, patient and government behaviour to ensure more focus on the ‘needs and wants’ of this group. The team also want to rebuild the Guild Zone networks as a source of new leaders and help Guild members max- imise the use of new technologies such as broadband. In doing so, the team will commit the NSW Guild branch to assist and educate members and their staff to embrace such technologies. ‘As 40 per cent of Guild members are in NSW, we must continue to build on our branch’s present strength and continue our state’s strong leadership within the national Guild. The Succession Team is committed to implementing policies that have positive impacts on your business and is prepared to benchmark all NSW And the winner is... K AREN Hannah, of the Chemist Warehouse Virginia in Virginia, Queensland, has been named the 2005 GSK Pharmacy Assistant of the Year. Ms Hannah was awarded at a gala din- ner at Hamilton Island, during the 2005 Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management conference. The Award, an initiative of the College, is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and proudly supported by Post Script. Karen Hannah told the AJP that her win felt a little ‘surreal’, but that she intended to use her new profile as Phar- macy Assistant of the Year to benefit the industry. O ‘I want everyone to know that phar- macy can become a career,’ she said. ‘A lot of people come into pharmacy by default. ‘But it shouldn’t be that way, not with all the different business and professional opportunities open to us. ‘A career as a pharmacy assistant should be taken seriously, and I think there’s a lot of good pharmacy assistants out there who will go a long way. ‘I’ve never been the sort of person who’s lost for words, but when I got up to receive my award, I was actually unable to speak for a second. The other girls were fantastic.’ 298 ? THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL 86 MAY 2005 NE of pharmacy’s favourite sons, the recently deceased Kevin McAnuff, has posthumously received the highest award offered by the Pharmaceutical Council of Western Australia: the Eric Kirk Memorial Award. ¦ Part of the citation for the award reads: ‘One of the most influential pharmacists of his time, Kevin McAnuff provided out- standing leadership to the profession during one of the most critical periods of development in its history. His contribu- tion to the development and implemen- tation of successive agreements bet- ween the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Federal Government since 1990 was of incalculable value and has con- tributed greatly to the advancement of community pharmacy practice’. Pictured at the award ceremony are (L to R) Lenette Mullen (president Pharma- ceutical Council of Western Australia), daughter and pharmacist Michelle McAnuff, son Anthony McAnuff (Kevin’s son), and Kevin’s widow, Pat McAnuff (Kevin’s wife). ¦ Guild brnach activities against other states,’ said the manifesto. The Succession team comprises: John Bronger, John Dornan, Phil Dibben, Ali- son Aylott, Brendan O’Loughlin, Robert Turner, David Hanna, Jocelyn Bussing, Lillian Chen, Angela Elliot, and Patrick Van. McAnuff award ¦