Staying afloat on the wave of COVID-19 and beyond

Rachael Lynch, Elise Apolloni, Erin Cooper

Do you know how to ask someone you’re concerned about how they’re doing? Could you guide them to possible support options? And how do you maintain your own headspace?

This free one-hour webinar is the third in a short series aimed at helping pharmacists, pharmacy interns, students and pharmacy staff to navigate the stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be inspired by three young women who, among many other things, are advocates for improved mental health within pharmacy and the wider community.

We are thrilled to present our panel who will share their experiences and respond to your questions:

  • Rachael Lynch – R U OK? ambassador, Hockeyroo and registered nurse in WA
  • Elise Apolloni – Canberra-based community pharmacist, pharmacy owner, Mental Health First Aid instructor and mum
  • Erin Cooper – NAPSA President 2019-2020 and pharmacy intern in the ACT

Kay Dunkley from the Pharmacists’ Support Service will also be on hand during the webinar to respond to questions posted from participants.

While the webinar’s focus will be on supporting each other in the pharmacy profession, the key learnings will extend to reaching out to our communities as a pharmacist, and as a family member, friend and neighbour.

Date:     Tuesday 21 July 2020

Time:     8PM AEST | 6PM AWST | 7.30PM ACST


More about the speakers:

Rachael Lynch is a dedicated, passionate and genuine ambassador for not-for-profit organisation R U OK?  She has been involved since 2013 and her consistent support has helped raise awareness, especially in Western Australia.

As a player for The Hockeyroos, Rachael knows when you’re out on the field and the stakes are high, you need to support your teammates. But it’s just as important to support each other off the pitch as well. Rachael speaks from the heart about her reasons for supporting the suicide prevention charity.  The combination of her down to earth personality and iconic sports person status, makes her both an approachable yet aspirational role model to people of all ages.

Rachael has been involved in many elements of the campaign, from media interviews to public speaking, nothing is ever too much trouble.  And in 2014 she raised over $35,000 walking the Kokoda track with Hockeyroos teammate and fellow Ambassador Ashleigh Nelson.

Elise Apolloni is a Canberra-based community pharmacist, pharmacy owner, Mental Health First Aid instructor and mum. She is a passionate advocate for a mentally healthier Australia.

After losing a colleague and friend to suicide in 2015, she has used skills gained from specialised postgraduate study to inform and enhance how community pharmacy responds to mental health. She and her team have received local and national recognition for this commitment to community wellness.

Elise has trained over 250 pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in Mental Health First Aid, volunteered as a telephone crisis supporter for Lifeline and other helplines, implemented healthy workplace strategies, developed innovative patient services and raised tens of thousands of dollars for various mental health charities with the help of her team and Capital Chemist more widely.

Erin Cooper is the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association President 2019-2020 and a pharmacy intern at Capital Chemist Wanniassa.





Webinar brought to you by the AJP, R U OK? and Pharmacists’ Support Services.

A list of resources that may be useful for a person developing a mental health issue, or living with a mental health issue, or in a mental health crisis, is available here. Compiled by Pharmacists’ Support Service

 Missed the recent webinar ‘COVID-19: leading teams through unprecedented certainty? Watch it here.


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