A new face

Union welcomes first pharmacist to its National Board in the role of Vice-President

Professionals Australia – which includes union Professional Pharmacists Australia under its umbrella – has welcomed pharmacist Bianca Piljic to its National Board.

Ms Piljic is the first ever Vice-President from the pharmacy profession.

Professionals Australia CEO Jill McCabe said Ms Piljic is a valuable addition to the National Board and will ensure the voices of pharmacy members are carried to the very top of the organisation.

“I congratulate Bianca Piljic on her election as Vice President to our National Board and I’m delighted she is the first representative to come from our valued pharmacy profession members,” said Ms McCabe.

“Bianca comes from a community pharmacy background and has an exceptional understanding of the challenges and experiences of pharmacy professionals who’ve been working on the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“She has a longstanding involvement in our union’s Pharmacy Committee and is a committed delegate at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital.”

Ms Piljic said that it was a great honour to be elected to the role.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support I’ve received from members right across Professionals Australia and I’m looking forward to the challenges of the role,” she said.

“I’m deeply passionate about uniting the voices of professionals across the union and continuing to advocate on behalf of community pharmacists, who’ve been front and centre in protecting our community during this pandemic.”

Ms McCabe said added: “Our National Board now reflects the increasing number of women from STEM backgrounds and enrolled in STEM courses at university.

“Workers in the pharmacy profession also make up an important component of our membership and Ms Piljic’s election represents our union’s changing demographics.

“In the pharmacy sector women represent 62% of pharmacists, but only 34% hold senior positions, that’s why senior female leadership in our union is critically important,” she said.

“While gender balance in pharmacy organisations has improved over the last 21 years, with women holding just 24% of president/chair positions over the time period, we clearly have a very long way to go.

“I’m delighted to work with Ms Piljic in her role as Vice President and wish her the very best,” Ms McCabe said.

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