Andrew Morgan from McLaren Vale Chemmart is the South Australian winner in the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year award
Having worked off and on in pharmacy for more than 17 years, Morgan, a dispensary technician—who also has a special interest in CAMs—says he is thrilled to be the GuildSuper Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.
Morgan will head off to PA2016 to compete in the nationals where more than $10,000 in prizes are up for grabs.
He was selected from among 10 state finalists at yesterday’s workshop/judging day and said his success hadn’t quite sunk in yet.
Morgan says he is slightly shocked and feels a bit “surreal”.
Morgan’s background is varied, having worked in many sectors including administrative roles; but pharmacy’s call was something that kept pulling him back—mainly because he says that he loves the atmosphere of pharmacy and what it does for the community.
“I just like helping people and being on the shop floor and interacting… you don’t get that elsewhere. So it was the job satisfaction that brought me back,” Morgan says.
However Morgan admits he and others have had to take a pay cuts to return to continue their pharmacy careers. He stresses his career is not about money; rather it’s what you can give back to the community.
“I am passionate about pharmacy but I am saddened to see good pharmacy assistants leave because of the pay; some people have left to take up cleaning jobs because they get more money,” says Morgan.
“It’s really rewarding helping people, especially when they come back into the pharmacy to let you know how much you have helped them: it doesn’t get much better than that.”
He says he is looking forward to attending the finals at the PA2016 conference, as training and improving his skills are something he feels is crucial.