Amy Peatling and Phillipa Maika have been selected to represent Tasmania and Victoria at the upcoming PATY awards
Ms Maika, from Slade Pharmacy Richmond, will represent Victoria at the National Finals of the 2018 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).
Pharmacy Guild of Australia Training Manager and National PATY Judge, Deborah Scholz, said the award acknowledges and celebrates the important contribution pharmacy assistants make to community pharmacy.
“PATY was created to recognise pharmacy assistants who not only go the extra mile to help their customers but are also proactive in developing their careers. This commitment encourages others to strive for success and actively contribute to the community pharmacy industry,” Ms Scholz said.
Judges picked Ms Maika from 17 other State Finalists at the Victoria workshop where each participant demonstrated their pharmacy knowledge and showcased their skills in customer service and leadership.
“The calibre of candidates this year is extremely high. Each candidate displayed a strong commitment to their work and the industry which I am extremely impressed with. It was a hard task to pick just one winner, but Phillipa really shone,” Ms Scholz said.
Ms Maika said she was delighted to be selected as the Victoria winner.
“I spent the most part of the day being blown away at the calibre of finalists so I had started to make peace with the idea that I wasn’t going to win. When my name was read out, I didn’t really react! It’s an extremely humbling feeling after knowing the amazing, intelligent and passionate people I was selected from. It gave me even more respect for receiving this award,” she said.
The Victoria winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award was also announced at the workshop.
“I would like to acknowledge Stacey Gibbons from Point Cook Pharmacy for being granted this award for outstanding customer service skills in community pharmacy,” Ms Scholz said.
Meanwhile in the island state, Amy Peatling from Geeveston Pharmacy was named the Tasmanian finalist.
“I wasn’t expecting my name to be called but I’m very humbled. PATY has been a really great experience so far and I’m really excited to be the Tasmania winner!” Ms Peatling said.
The Tasmania winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award was also announced at the workshop.
“I would like to acknowledge Rebekah Fleming from Riverside Capital Chemist for being granted this award for outstanding customer service skills in community pharmacy,” Ms Scholz said.