Most influential people in pharmacy: George Tambassis

We speak to the next in our series of the most influential people in pharmacy, as voted by our readers

George Tambassis 
National president, Pharmacy Guild of Australia 
President, World Pharmacy Council
Community pharmacy owner

Now in the midst of negotiating his second Community Pharmacy Agreement as Guild national president, George Tambassis has already created a major legacy for himself within the Guild and pharmacy in general. An obvious choice as one of the 12 (or 14, as it turned out) most influential people in pharmacy, we spoke to George about his role, and how he perceives his influence on pharmacy.

Q: What are all your current roles in pharmacy?

A: National President of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, and community pharmacy owner.

Q: Where do you see pharmacy going in five years or where would you like to see pharmacy in five years?

A: Our vision is for pharmacies to be modern health care hubs, delivering medicines and professional services to the full scope of pharmacy practice. Our CP2025 Strategic document details all the pathways that pharmacies will need to follow now and into the future based on sound research.

The Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement which is now under negotiation will be vital to establishing the framework for pharmacies to make this transition in the next 5 years.

Q: Do you think the pharmacy industry/profession is on the right track, or is there more work that needs to be done?

A: There’s always more work to be done but I believe as an industry/profession we are innovative and proactive in addressing the changes that need to be made to survive, prosper and serve our patients to the best of our ability.

Q: How do you see yourself as influencing the pharmacy profession?

A: All members of the Guild are my peers and equals, and it is my honour, duty and privilege to serve in this National President role at this time doing my best to represent the interest of all members, and their patients.

George Tambassis and then Health Minister Sussan Ley sign the 6CPA.
George Tambassis and then Health Minister Sussan Ley sign the 6CPA in 2015.

Q: What would you like your primary influence on pharmacy to be? 

A: In the tradition of all past National Presidents of the Guild, I want to serve members in a way that inspires and encourages them to deal with challenges, innovate, and be proud of their pharmacy and its role in the health system and the community.

See the full list of the 14 most influential people in pharmacy here

Click here to see our interview with George at APP2019 in March


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