Q&A with Kate Carnell AO and Curtis Ruhnau: Mental health in the pharmacy profession

To coincide with Mental Health Week (10-18 Oct), the AJP and PSS are pleased to host this exclusive webinar event to address the mental wellbeing of the pharmacy profession 

13 Oct 2020 | 8-9PM AEDT

This event is aimed at all members of the pharmacy profession, with particular relevance to small business owners, and the impacts of these factors on mental health.

Hosted by AJP editor Chris Brooker, with:

  • Kate Carnell AO – inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and Beyond Blue Ambassador
  • Curtis Ruhnau – community pharmacy owner and practising pharmacist, PDL Director, PSS Board Member and Mental Health First Aider

The panel will cover topics such as:

  • Stress factors for pharmacists as health professionals and as small business owners
  • Preventing and managing burnout, anxiety and depression in the pharmacy profession
  • Suicide prevention in the pharmacy profession
  • The resources that are available, as well as necessary, to ensure pharmacy professionals can manage their own mental health and wellbeing in order to look after the communities they serve

The round-table discussion will be followed by moderated questions from webinar participants.

Date:  Tuesday 13 October 2020 

Time: 8-9PM AEDT | 7-8PM AEST | 7.30-8.30PM ACDT | 6.30-7.30PM ACST | 6PM AWST

Q&A: If you would like to submit a question to be answered by the panelists in conversation, please include this when registering or alternatively, email your question to jan.decomps@appco.com.au.


More about the contributors:

Kate Carnell AO commenced her role as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman in March 2016. Kate ran her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period. Kate has also been CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served two years as CEO of beyondblue, four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries.

Kate was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to the community through economic development and support for the business sector, the medical sector and medical techology advances.


Curtis Ruhnau joined PDL Local Advisory Committee for NSW in 2008 and was appointed PDL NSW Director in December 2013. After university he completed a Masters in Management before becoming a partner in Emerton Pharmacy in 2000, where he still works regularly. Curtis has also tutored medical students in Personal and Professional Development, he is the PDL representative on the Pharmacists’ Support Service and has a keen interest in mental health and self-care for pharmacists.





Webinar brought to you by the AJP and Pharmacists’ Support Service.

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