Is the future ‘female’?

Gender equality will be on the table at this year’s Pharmacy Connect

The 1972 slogan and now re-emerging empowerment statement “the future is female” will be debated by two teams of influential industry panellists at the September event.

Following on from the success of the Great Debate at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP) earlier this year, the debate will look at whether gender equality will be achieved in the future, and how this could occur.

Debate moderator and Pharmacy Guild Communications Advisor, Greg Turnbull, said the speakers will not be restricted in how they interpret the statement and the debate will be both entertaining and insightful.

“The debate is meant to be light-hearted, and in the style of a high school or university debate, but with a very topical edge,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Each speaker will be invited to speak for four minutes to argue their case.  Evidence, argument, logic and wit are all welcome, and time limits will be strictly enforced – I just have to work out how.”

The teams will feature Guild National Councillors Catherine Bronger, Helen O’Byrne and Paul Jones; Guild Tasmania Branch Committee member Joe O’Malley; Attain Business Brokers Director Natalie Sirianni; and Meridian Lawyers Principal Sharlene Wellard.

The Judy Liauw Address: The Great Debate – the future is female session will be held on Friday 7 September from 4.00pm to 4.45pm.

For a full program and to register for Pharmacy Connect, visit

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