Pharmacists share their career stories

Ella Jude
Townsville ECP Ella Jude.

Progressing life-long learning and exploring new career opportunities are being highlighted as part of a new pharmacist-driven campaign by PSA.

Leading pharmacists from around Australia, at all stages of their careers, are sharing their professional “journeys” and success stories as part of the campaign.

For example, regional-based Early Career Pharmacist Ella Jude (pictured) is a passionate community pharmacist working in Kirwan, Townsville and says PSA’s support has helped her career flourish.

“I was involved in PSA’s intern program in 2012 which was very rewarding and exciting. As a pharmacist manager, I now rely on PSA for all of my CPD and education,” says Jude, who enjoys working as a pharmacist in a regional centre to interact with and support local people.

“I really value PSA as I can keep in contact with other members – I’m part of the ECP Facebook group which I find useful for networking.  The networking opportunities that come with the membership are highly beneficial to further develop my career.

“If I could sum up the value of PSA membership in four words, I would say: up-to-date, engaging, informative and networking.”

WA-based Travis Bailey, who works as a hospital and community pharmacist in Bunbury, says being involved in a professional network is vital, especially working in a regional area.

“The greatest value I receive from PSA is the connections I make with other people that genuinely love what they do and have the best interests of the profession at heart,” Bailey says. 

“Helping people is my favourite and most rewarding thing about being a healthcare provider. That’s what we do as pharmacists – we try to help and impact the way someone else is living their life.”

PSA’s ECP National Director Taren Gill has welcomed the new campaign as she believes it’s important to learn about the professional journeys of pharmacists from across Australia.

“As a regional-based pharmacist, it’s often hard to connect with other pharmacy professionals with varying scopes of practices and experiences, however being involved with PSA offers an opportunity to be better connected with your colleagues and the profession,” Gill says.

“I would encourage all pharmacists looking to further their careers and engage with like-minded professionals to embrace this new campaign and become more involved with the peak national body for pharmacists.

“One thing that binds us is our commitment to improving consumers’ health and excellence in pharmacist care.”

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