Denise Brady from Barden’s Amcal Pharmacy has been chosen to represent the Northern Territory at the National Finals of the 2016 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ GuildSuper Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).
Pharmacy Guild of Australia Training Manager and National PATY Judge, Deborah Scholz, says this year the award is celebrating 10 years of recognising ‘the best of the best’ pharmacy assistants in Australia, and received over 580 nominations.
“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,” she says.
Judges picked Denise Brady from eight other state finalists at a recent state workshop where each participant had the chance to demonstrate their pharmacy knowledge and showcase 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 Denise Brady really shone,” Scholz says.
Denise Brady was delighted to be selected as the Northern Territory finalist.
“I’m still completely overwhelmed! I was just happy to be nominated so to actually have won is just surreal. I also want to acknowledge my team because I’m only as good as the people around me, and it really is a team effort,” Brady says.
General Manager of GuildSuper, Teresa Mills, says 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 pharmacy assistants that make a difference to so many lives, 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 Denise Brady for her achievement as the Northern Territory winner, I am sure she will represent Darwin and the Northern Territory with pride!” Mills says.
Denise Brady will represent the Northern Territory at the National Finals to be held at the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on 28 October at the Gold Coast. The National winner will take home over $10,000 in cash, prizes and rewards.