Jessica Cahill has been named Guild Intern of the Year 2016.
Cahill was honoured with the award for her demonstration of key skills and attributes required to meet the varied and challenging demands of working in the Australian health industry.
Cahill has immersed herself in a multi-faceted career that has taken her from a busy pharmacy in Coffs Harbour to playing a key role in health education and compliance of Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory.
The award, announced today at APP2016, recognises a Guild intern who shows innovation, professionalism and patient care in their work and who best demonstrates excellence in delivering positive health solutions and improving community health.
Cahill commenced her intern year in the regional Coffs Harbour Pharmacy where she developed skills in customer engagement and care.
To extend her knowledge of retail management she completed a Certificate IV in Retail Management which assisted her in developing and marketing new patient services.
Cahill’s desire to improve the health of all Australians led her to Alice Springs where she observed how barriers to language and health literacy impacted Aboriginal communities.
In recognition of her efforts she was awarded an Aboriginal Health Innovation Grant of $10,000 to go towards further improving health literacy, patient understanding and compliance.
“Jessica’s career has spanned both community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy environments and demonstrates the enormous opportunities that are available to pharmacists in Australia.”