The 10 Women of Influence

The votes are in to decide pharmacy’s 10 Women of Influence. Who has made the final list?

Our quest to find pharmacy’s 10 Women of Influence has received votes from a staggering 670 individual voters (with around 2000 votes cast in total), as well as plenty of feedback and opinion.

In total, nearly 300 individual women were nominated. While many received one or two votes, all are worthy nominees and play a vital role in continuing and expanding the role that pharmacy plays in the Australian community.

While there were a few standout nominees who quickly drew away from the pack, there was only seven votes separating sixth place from seventeenth. The list demonstrated that there are a lot of female pharmacists right at the heart of the profession, and responsible for driving it forward. 

We at AJP are confident that the list covers a wide range of pharmacists who are playing a valuable role in leading, shaping, guiding and influencing the profession and increasing its impact on the Australian health care landscape.   

Congratulations to all those who have been recognised.


Debbie Rigby, by
Debbie Rigby

1. Debbie Rigby: Consultant pharmacist who has been one of the leading voices for the expansion of the professional services role of pharmacy, especially with regard to HMRs, as well as a long-time AJP contributor.

2. Lisa Nissen: pharmacy academic who has played a key role in launching pharmacist vaccination services, among other initiatives.

3. Elise Apolloni: leading young pharmacy owner who has implemented and advocated for expanded professional services in community pharmacy.

Dr Alison Roberts
Dr Alison Roberts

4. Alison Roberts: the current UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year, and the PSA’s executive director of policy, instrumental in developing PSA’s Health Destination Pharmacy program.

5. Samantha Kourtis: 2014 Pharmacy of the Year winner, a passionate and articulate spokesperson for pharmacy and professional service expansion.

6. Rhonda White: a legend of community pharmacy who has been instrumental in developing modern pharmacy business and retail practices and models.

7. Jenny Gowan: Currently the Consultant Pharmacist of the Year, and a former Pharmacist of the Year, a leader in driving pharmacy CPD and a contributor to AJP.

8. Taren Gill: a leading voice for early career pharmacists with a growing profile as a future leader in pharmacy.

Kirstie Galbraith
Kirstie Galbraith

9. Kirstie Galbraith: a key player in the development of advanced pharmacy practice policy and implementation, and a leading pharmacy academic.

10. (equal) Kristin Michaels: an active and influential current CEO of the Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia, and Amanda Galbraith: President of the ACT branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and a strong advocate for professional services.  

Just missing out (and only separated from the top 10 by a maximum of six votes) were:

  • Belinda Nankivell
  • Louise Malouf
  • Debra Rowett
  • Amanda Seeto
  • Geraldine Moses
  • Hannah Mann

A detailed review of the final list, and interviews with the top five, is in the November AJP magazine, due to arrive in your mailbox this week.    

We will also feature more, including interviews with some of those recognised, in upcoming editions of the AJP daily newsletter.

Thank you to everyone who voted.  

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  1. Joyce McSwan

    Congrats to everyone listed and not listed !! A well deserved list indeed. How nice to see a good variety across the industry. Well done ladies! Keep up all your good work as you continue to inspire the profession!

  2. Notachemist

    Congratulations to all. In addition to all these well known faces of pharmacy are lots of wonderful female (and male) pharmacists caring for their patients and their local communities. Pharmacy’s strength is the quiet achievers who are known and loved by their patients, the communities they work in and the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals they collaborate with.

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