Pharmacy Guild welcomes incoming NSW Health Minister

NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure with Brad Hazzard, visiting Lismore in December 2012.

The NSW Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has extended its hand to the new state Premier and Health Minister

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has chosen veteran minister Brad Hazzard to replace Jillian Skinner as Health Minister.

The member for Wakehurst – covering most of Sydney’s Northern Beaches – Mr Hazzard has served as NSW Attorney-General & Minister for Justice, Minister for Family & Community Services, and Minister for Social Housing.

“This is a challenging time for the State Government that offers great opportunities to improve health outcomes for the NSW community, and we look forward to being an important partner in that process,” says Rick Samimi, President of the NSW Branch of the Guild.

“We congratulate Mr Hazzard on his appointment as Health Minister. The appointment of such an experienced Minister to the health portfolio is recognition of the importance the Berejiklian Government intends to place on health.”

The NSW Branch also extends its thanks and best wishes for the future to outgoing Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

Minister Skinner was always a strong advocate for community pharmacy, says Mr Samimi, including the introduction of pharmacist vaccination in the State.

Speaking at the time, Ms Skinner said: “I think pharmacies are a great untapped resource in the health system. Pharmacists have a very warm and committed relationship with their customers and it’s just so much easier for people than making an appointment and going off to a GP.”

“We thank her for her leadership on the pharmacist vaccination issue and many others,” Mr Samimi says.

“The 1,700 community pharmacies across the State stand ready to make an even bigger contribution to the health system, working collaboratively with other health professionals and with the State Government.”

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