Pharmeducation for bushfire recovery

Join in on this weekend of quality education, networking and enjoying the beautiful NSW Sapphire Coast to support the local area following recent devastating bushfires

Pharmacists have banded together to host an event in Tathra, located on the NSW Sapphire Coast, to support the local area impacted by bushfires.

“As we all know, many areas of Australia have been devastated by bushfires this summer. The impact on small coastal towns continues to be significant,” says Debbie Rigby, one of the Pharmeducation organisers.

“The 2018 Tathra bushfire burned through over 1,250 hectares (3,100 acres) of farmland and forest reserves, before impacting the village of Tathra destroying 69 homes.

Natural disasters have devastated the region in recent years. Source: Supplied/Pharmeducation.

“Tathra town was spared in the recent devastating bushfires; however, the Bega Valley Shire continues to struggle as a significant portion of business comes from tourism.

“With the help of local pharmacist Linda Badewitz-Dodd, we are organising a weekend of quality education, great networking and a few surprises. The Welcome reception on Saturday is included in the registration and will feature local gin tasting.

“Linda is a great friend and feels very much for her community. My niece who lives in nearby Bermagui was evacuated and deeply affected by the fires and the potential loss of their home and community,” says Ms Rigby.

“I thought it was something we could do to bring people to a region that relies on tourism so much, in line with other much bigger campaigns happening too – to have pharmacists come to the region for some quality CPD, to spend some money in the town and enjoy the surrounding beaches and bush.”

Tathra is a six-hour drive from Sydney, seven hours from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Merimbula Airport and rent a car for the scenic 20-minute drive north. Places to stay suit all budgets and include resorts, motels, B&Bs and holiday parks.

Tathra is located on the NSW Sapphire Coast that makes for a wonderful seaside escape, explains Ms Rigby.

“There are wide beaches for swimming or relaxing, and crystal-clear waters for diving and snorkelling. Explore the oldest deep-water timber wharf on Australia’s East Coast and browse the local shops,” she says.

“There are many more things to do and see, from surfing and hiking to paddling on the beautiful Bega River. Taste the famous Sydney rock oysters at Tathra Oysters or kick back with a cool drink at the heritage-listed Tathra Hotel.”

Come for CPD and stay a few days!

PRESENTERS: Debbie Rigby, Dr Geraldine Moses AM, Prof Jeff Hughes


DATE: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020

Early bird registration (register and pay by 30th April 2020) – $550 (incl GST)

Full registration (after 30th April 2020) – $660.00 (incl GST)

Registration form

Please complete the form and fax to 07 3102 6183 or scan and email to

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