‘It’s been a big year.’


George Tambassis chats with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at the Parliamentary Dinner.
George Tambassis chats with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at the Parliamentary Dinner.

Pharmacy Guild national president George Tambassis has outlined some of 2018’s highlights for community pharmacy

Politicians from the Coalition Government, Labor and the Greens all showed support for the Pharmacy Guild earlier this week as it held its annual Parliamentary Dinner in Canberra.

George Tambassis told the audience that 2018 had been a “big year” in community pharmacy – not just because it was the Guild’s 90th birthday.

“One of the highlights of this year for us has been the significant contribution pharmacist vaccinators have made to herd immunity through influenza vaccinations in all States and Territories,” he said.

“And I thank the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, for his public acknowledgement that the growing availability of pharmacist vaccination contributed to a much lower influenza rate this year.

2018 has been a year of inquiries and reports, Mr Tambassis said.

“One I’d like to briefly mention was the Queensland Parliamentary Committee inquiry into aspects of pharmacy ownership and pharmacy scope of practice.

“I was very pleased to see the all-Party committee recommend that the pharmacy ownership requirements contained in the Pharmacy Business Ownership Act in that State be retained – and that in the Committee’s view no reason to deregulate the industry had been demonstrated.

“A finding with which the Guild heartily agrees.”

Mr Tambassis also highlighted the recent release of the framework prepared under Guild’s strategic initiative, Community Pharmacy 2025.

“Our CP2025 project is guided by a rigorous market research program and widespread stakeholder consultations – including with many of the organisations represented in this room.

“We’ve toiled for a year with our project partners, and now we’re pleased to be launching a Framework for Change for our Members and for the sector. We’re determined to build a better, stronger pharmacy sector for benefit of our Members, their staff, and most importantly patients.”

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