Pharmacy assistant, Clare Stone from Alive Pharmacy Calliope is Queensland’s pharmacy assistant of the year
Ms Stone was chosen to represent Queensland at the National Finals of the 2017 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award.
Pharmacy Guild of Australia Training Manager and National PATY Judge, Deborah Scholz, says the Award is the premier opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding pharmacy assistants throughout Australia.
“The PATY Award was created to recognise pharmacy assistants who not only go the extra mile to help their customers but are also proactive in developing their careers. In doing so, they encourage others to strive for success and actively contribute to the community pharmacy industry,” Ms Scholz says.
Judges chose Ms Stone from 18 other state finalists at the Queensland workshop on Friday, where each participant demonstrated their pharmacy knowledge and showcased their skills in customer service and leadership.
“Each candidate displayed a strong commitment to their work and the industry, which was a pleasure to see – it was a hard task to pick just one, but Clare really shone,” Ms Scholz says.
“I would also like to acknowledge Tamara Thomson who was awarded the Queensland winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award for outstanding customer service skills in community pharmacy.”
Ms Stone says she is delighted to have been selected as the Queensland winner.
“I have always dreamed of being nominated, but to actually win, I am lost for words! I am so happy, and I’m proud not just for myself, but for all pharmacy assistants across Australia!” she says.
General Manager (Aust) of award sponsor AFT Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, Calvin MacKenzie says that the organisation is pleased to be the major sponsor of the Award and to support the successful futures of pharmacy assistants.
“The calibre of PATY nominees is always extremely high, which is a great indication of the outstanding contribution that pharmacy assistants make in our communities, every day.
“We’re very proud to be involved with a program that recognises pharmacy assistants who not only take the extra step in their jobs but also in their career.
“Congratulations to Clare Stone for her achievement as the state winner, I am sure she will represent Calliope and Queensland with pride!” C
Ms Stone will represent Queensland at the National Finals to be held at the 2017 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on 26 October at the Gold Coast. The National winner will take home over $10,000 in cash, prizes and rewards.
As the Queensland Glucojel Super Star Award winner, Tamara Thomson will be in the running to be presented with the national title, as well as prizes, awarded at the 2017 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference.