A demanding role

George Tambassis says goodbye to an “exciting… and at times, frustrating” term as national president in final column

With the new national president-elect of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to be announced this week, George Tambassis has thanked members in his final column in the role.

Mr Tambassis steps back after seven years leading the Guild through negotiations and implementation of the Sixth and Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreements.

He was recently made a life member of the Guild and was personally presented with the award by the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

Mr Tambassis did not contest any positions in the recent Guild elections, with Megan Kazantzis taking on his role representing District 4 on the Victorian branch.

“After more than seven years in the role, I can verify that it is one that is both exciting, demanding and satisfying – and at times, frustrating,” he said of the national presidency.

“But the overarching memories I will always have will be of just how rewarding it has been to meet Guild members across the whole of Australia and to swap experiences, ideas and plans for the future.

“It has highlighted the strength of the community pharmacy sector as a pivotal healthcare provider and a dynamic and versatile industry doing amazing things for the communities we serve.

“This was underscored by the horror year of 2020 when you, Australia’s community pharmacists, stepped up and excelled in ensuring Australians continued to have access to the medicines and services they needed in the face of the bushfires and then COVID-19.”

Mr Tambassis thanked the Guild members for their support “during the good, and at times, difficult times”, as well as his business partners and family.

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