Pharmacists get ready to transform global health

World Pharmacists Day, which takes place this week, is now in its 10th year as pharmacists around the world help in the COVID-19 crisis

Friday September 25 has been designated as World Pharmacists Day, a time to reflect on the work pharmacists do to ensure the communities they serve have access to the best possible medications and care.                               

National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia George Tambassis said celebrating the work of pharmacists is especially relevant this year.

“Communities throughout Australia have relied heavily on their pharmacists to help them get through some of the challenges we have all faced this year,” he said.

“These challenges have included the bushfires, floods, drought and of course COVID-19.

“But I am immensely proud to say that regardless of the emergency or crisis, community pharmacists have been there for their patients.

“They have been there providing mental health support for drought victims, finding ways to get medicines to patients isolated by bushfires or flood, and establishing COVID-safe protocols to keep their pharmacies open.

“Community pharmacists have lost their homes or faced the danger of losing them but still have ensured their community pharmacies are operating.

“They have worked by torchlight when power has been cut by fires and developed innovative ways – including jet-skis and helicopters – to get medicines to where they are needed.

“This is a commitment that is a hallmark of the profession, but one which at times can be taken for granted.”

Mr Tambassis said World Pharmacists Day provides an opportunity for everyone to recognise these efforts.

“This year’s theme for World Pharmacists Day is Transforming global health and I think the example set by pharmacists across Australia in 2020 will in no small measure set the benchmark globally for how our profession can adapt in the face of great adversity,” Mr Tambassis said.

In announcing the 2020 theme earlier this year, FIP President Dominique Jordan paid tribute to the pharmacists working around the world during the pandemic.

“Pharmacists all over the world are working tirelessly to stop the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, and to ensure people continue to have access to medicines they need,” he said.

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