Chemist Warehouse announces it has retained the Pharmacy Guild’s long-serving former communications director Greg Turnbull
After 12 years as the Guild’s most senior communications officer and Group Executive for Engagement and Advocacy, Greg Turnbull has taken up the role of independent communications adviser to Chemist Warehouse to assist in general communications, media liaison and advocacy.
In a release the company said the move would “help ensure its service to the Australian community is understood, appreciated and allowed to flourish”.
Mr Turnbull was the Guild’s Communications Advisor from September 2008 till January 2021. After leaving the Guild he has established an advocacy and communications consultancy. His new role was announced in a release this morning.
Director and co-founder of Chemist Warehouse, Damien Gance, said: “We look forward to benefitting from Greg Turnbull’s knowledge, experience and skillset in media and politics as we deal with the changes, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the pharmacy sector.
“Our network of pharmacies is in high demand, as the pharmacies of choice for millions of Australians every week. We intend to continue to make our case for beneficial regulatory reform of the community pharmacy sector in the interests of consumers and patients – and we value Greg’s input into this work,” he said.
“Chemist Warehouse provides a service that customers value and which they are independently choosing to engage with as consumers and patients,” Mr Gance said.
“Chemist Warehouse and its pharmacists are rightly proud of the manner in which they deliver professional services, including immunisation services which are contributing to public health”.
“Greg Turnbull will be assisting us to ensure the significant contribution to Australians’ health and wellness by Chemist Warehouse outlets across Australia is acknowledged and understood,” Mr Gance said.
Mr Turnbull said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Chemist Warehouse are Australia’s champion retail pharmacies – consumers have voted with their feet and given the group overwhelming support day after day.
“There is no substitute for price, convenience and quality service – and that is what Chemist Warehouse strives to deliver, ideally in a regulatory environment which encourages rather than stifles competition.
“I look forward to making a contribution to the work that Chemist Warehouse does for consumers and as part of the Australian health system.”