Moving on from a decade of success

Tim Logan

He is the self-described Allan Langer of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Queensland branch, but Tim Logan has successfully steered another Banana state success story for over a decade.

For many in pharmacy, Tim Logan becomes a prominent figure primarily at the annual APP Conference. We’ve all seen him tearing up the stairs, portable microphone in hand, seeking the next delegate desperate to have their question heard during a Q&A session.

However, he has been much more than the genial host of pharmacy’s biggest conference.

Tim has headed up a highly stable and successful state branch for more than 12 years, and will this month finish in the role, after serving the maximum three three-year terms in the job (he had already served a term before the new rule took effect, making four in all).

It’s been a pretty decent period of service to community pharmacy, and one which ends on the 10th October.

“It’s a fair stint, and while it’s been hectic and hard at times, I’ve been privileged to work with the Queensland Branch committee and National Council and to represent and fight for the members”.

Mr Logan (being a Queenslander) couldn’t resist mentioning a parallel between the success of the state Guild branch and its State of Origin Rugby League success.

When asked if his leadership role made him the Cameron Smith or Mal Meninga of pharmacy, he referred to himself as “more like the Allan Langer of pharmacy (at least the assistant coach ‘Alfie’ version), running around behind the action, looking for problems and shouting advice”.

And like the brilliant (ex-) halfback, Tim Logan has played an important role in a lot of successful initiatives that have moved pharmacy practice in new directions.

Examples of the forward-thinking, profession-leading approach are Project Stop and the recent Queensland vaccine program, both highlighted by Mr Logan as landmark achievements during his time with the Guild.

“Of course Project Stop was a Kos [Sclavos] initiative, but I was involved in the roll-out, and to see it grow to become a national program has been a very good thing to observe, and I’m glad pharmacists can still use it,” he said.

“The Queensland Pharmacy Immunisation Project was truly ground breaking, and was used by other states as a test case in what pharmacy can do in this area,” he said.

“It’s just ended up as simply an unqualified success that has opened up new directions for pharmacy practice and remuneration.”

QPIP was an example of the PGA and PSA working together, he says, as exemplified by the “awarding of the PSA ‘Bowl of Hygiea’ award to Lisa Nissen, Michelle Rosenthal and myself, that was an example to me of how much the profession valued the co-operative effort…”

He recognises that the success has been due to a whole branch and national secretariat dedicated to working together to better the profession.

“I’ve really been helped by enjoying having supportive and active branch committees all the way through,” he said. “The branch has also benefitted from very good management, very good staff, and stability.”

“It’s a great team, from Robyn Ede, the branch director for over 20 years, down through the entire organisation. Long-serving Branch Committee members such as Mike Farrell and Rick Xynias have been great contributors as well.”

His two immediate predecessors Rick James and Kos Sclavos set the agenda for such a stable and effective branch, Mr Logan said, and he has been “honoured to follow in their footsteps and maintain the forward-thinking role of the Queensland branch.”

Looking to the future, Mr Logan says he will serve one more term with the Guild branch, “as a backbencher”.

“Unlike a couple of recent Prime Ministers I’ll just be here to provide a bit of guidance and advice if it’s required.”

Mr Logan will also remain as one of the Guild representatives on the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority.

The support of his family has been incredibly welcome, Mr Logan says. “I’ve been fortunate to have the understanding of my 2 daughters during their teenage years when my schedule would bounce around unpredictably (application of some of my frequent flyer points to flight upgrades for them on a couple of occasions made up for a *bit* of that…)”.

“Having a partner who is of our profession, and has a different viewpoint has always been a great help”. Tim’s partner Dr Julie Stokes is a regulator in Qld Health – “I always had to tread carefully there,” he says – and used to be on the PSA Board…”who says the Guild and PSA don’t get along,” he adds.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Kos Sclavos, who was great to work with, to people at the national branch over the years such as George Tambassis, David Quilty, Stephen Greenwood, Wendy Phillips, Vasken Demirian, Michael Tatchell, and national committee members I’ve served with such as John Dowling and Ian Todd, to name just a few.”

“It’s one reason the Guild has retained its standing really. There’s been very few duds over the years at the Guild…”

“We haven’t won every battle we’ve fought,” he says reflecting on his lengthy service with the Guild. “But there’s been quite a few with a pleasing outcome. We’re still here today….. ”.

 Tim Logan: the fact file

  • Graduated from University of Queensland: 1981
  • Became an owner: 1984 (since 1995 has owned Tim Logan’s Nambour Pharmacy -22 years this month!)
  • Elected to the Qld Guild Committee: 1996
  • Vice-president (Qld): 1998
  • Acting president: 2002, and again in 2003
  • Elected full-time President: 2005 (Served the maximum three 3-years terms – he had already served a term before the new rule took effect, making four in all)

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