Guild leader recognised

Guild President George Tambassis and Health Minister Greg Hunt at APP2017.

Pharmacy Guild president George Tambassis recognised with Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award

George Tambassis, who graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1986, has been recognised by Monash University for his more than 25 years’ involvement and leadership in community pharmacy.

Mr Tambassis, who has been National President of the Guild since 2013, is a partner in five Victorian community pharmacies and has served on the Pharmacy Guild Victorian Branch Committee since 2005.

He owned one of the first 24-hour pharmacies in metropolitan Melbourne between 1997 and 2001, and his pharmacy was one of the first to offer enhanced services including contemporary wound care management, weight loss, mental health and harm minimisation programs.

In his capacity as National President of the Guild, Mr Tambassis successfully negotiated a new remuneration structure for community pharmacy and the provision of medicines with the Federal Government, says Monash University.

“George exemplifies the leadership and innovation traits we value in our alumni,” says Professor Bill Charman, Dean of Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“He thinks deeply about the future of the profession, and has made an outsized contribution to ensuring that it continues to be able to serve communities here and abroad.

“George takes a national and international view to all he does – and has worked hard to link the Australian pharmacy profession with its international counterparts.”

The annual Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and exceptional qualities of Monash alumni worldwide, and are bestowed upon a single alumnus of each faculty each year.

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