Aiming for Canberra


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Meet the pharmacists aiming for Federal Parliament next month

A trio of pharmacists are currently aiming for election to Federal Parliament on 2 July.

The pharmacists, representing a diversity of parties and constituencies are:

Carmel McCallum is standing for the Australian Greens in the NSW South Coast seat of Gilmore.

According to the Shoalhaven Greens website Carmel has been a “Greens member since 2004 when she joined The Greens to support Andrew Wilkie in the Sydney seat of Bennelong after the Australian government invaded Iraq based on the weapons of mass destruction deception”.

Carmel has lived in the Shoalhaven area from 1978 to 1985, while her husband served at HMAS Albatross as a naval helicopter pilot. The McCallums returned to Cambewarra in 2012 after living in the US and then the Blue Mountains.

Carmel owned the West-End Pharmacy in Berry Street, Nowra for almost nine years and, as a result of her husband’s postings, has also worked in almost 50 pharmacies both as a casual and as a locum.

She is currently Vice-President of Professional Pharmacists Australia and sits on the South Coast Labour Council representing the NSW Committee of Professionals Australia.

Of the coming Federal Election, Carmel says, “I see living on the beautiful South Coast as a privilege. Seeing what’s happening in other parts of the country, where environmental protection is being sacrificed for short-term greed and permanent destruction is one of my greatest motivations,” she said.

Pharmacist Emma McBride is standing for the ALP in the seat of Dobell on the NSW Central Coast. 

Emma was formerly the Chief Pharmacist at the Wyong Hospital and is now Deputy Director of Pharmacy for Central Coast Local Health District. 

Her ALP profile says she “understands firsthand the cuts to health and will fight for quality health care on the Central Coast”.

A keen netballer she is committed to community fitness and is patron of new Premier League netball team, Central Coast Heart and of the Wyong District Netball Association.

David Tran is standing as an Independent in Gellibrand (Vic) a seat in western Melbourne. He is listed as a “pharmacist by profession” on his Australian Electoral Commission profile.

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