Agenda Setters: Catherine Bronger

Catherine Bronger

A tireless proponent of professional services, Catherine Bronger was deservedly recognised as one of pharmacy’s leading agenda setters, coming in at six in our poll.

A community pharmacy owner, national councillor for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW) and a member of the UTS Industry Advisory Board, Catherine Bronger is a tireless worker for pharmacy.

From an impeccable pharmacy pedigree, Catherine has forged her own path through pharmacy student organisations, into ownership and into senior political ranks.

She also practices much of what is talked about as the new directions for pharmacy.

Catherine is a partner in three pharmacies in Sydney, two of which focus heavily on the development and implementation of professional services such as immunisation, sleep apnoea diagnostic and equipment service, compounding, weight loss and diabetes education service.

She says: “Pharmacy is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Today what we call ‘screening and professional services’ are soon to be catapulted into Health Hubs throughout the pharmacy network.

“We will no longer operate our professional services in the silos of pharmacy but we will start to utilise our true skill set as healthcare professionals’ and join forces with allied health to offer end-to-end, high quality but convenient, impactful services.

“We know, as highly trained healthcare professionals, we have the skills and the bench side manner to deliver many of the services but we have not yet cracked the remuneration and implementation pathways,” she says. “We need to move from professional services that are used as marketing tools into sustainable business models that reduce disease burden.”

Catherine is a member of the Guild’s Pharmacy Viability Committee and chair of the Guild’s Primary Healthcare Subcommittee. She also sits on the University of Technology’s Faculty of Health Industry Advisory Committee.

A PSA NSW Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2015, Catherine regularly mentors young pharmacy students.

What you said:
“Catherine is the future of pharmacy. No doubt about it. She is passionate about all aspects of pharmacy and ensuring that there’s a future in pharmacy for many, many years to come.”

“She is inspirational, an award-winning pharmacy owner, a mentor of future pharmacists, and passionate about the future of all pharmacists, pharmacies and the pharmacy profession.”

The Agenda Setters campaign asked AJP readers to vote for the pharmacists they feel are showing the way forward for the profession. We finished with a list of 13 winners as voted by you: see the full list here.

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