Agenda Setters: Elise Apolloni and the Wanni White Coats


Elise Apolloni, Partner, Capital Chemist Wanniassa

AJP chats with Elise Apolloni, who with her crack team of Wanni White Coats was voted by readers as pharmacy’s sixth leading Agenda Setter

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.

Elise Apolloni has been a constant presence in pharmacy media and conferences over the last year or two. Her Capital Chemist Waniassa pharmacy and its merry band of ‘Wanni White Coats’ have won a number of awards and have provided a source of inspiration and support to many in pharmacy, with their commitment, passion and positivity. 

“My personal agenda is to infect the profession with positivity – and I do like the word ‘infect’,” says Elise, who has won fame in the ACT as one of Canberra’s Singing Pharmacists, and a number of awards including the 2017 National Telstra Young Business Woman’s Award.

“I think it changes the conversation: how we feel every day when we go to work, how we interact with our patients.

“It’s nice to have positive stories and remember that all jobs have good and bad in them; if you focus only on the bad, that’s all you’ll see.”

Elise is also passionate about helping ensure women are represented in places of leadership and promoting pharmacy as the “lovely family profession that it is”.

“Then there’s palliative care, mental health, and raising the next leaders of the profession is my personal mission – I’m very focused on finding students who shine, raise them in our business, give them leadership and if they want to own, a similar journey to myself – and not leaving anyone behind.”

What you said:

“I hope I work there one day”.

“Elise is passionate, enthusiastic, has vision”.

“For her constant positive vibe for what pharmacy can be and her positive online media usage which leads to a positive display of the profession both internally and externally”.

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