Rising Star scoops Telstra Awards


Elise Apolloni scoops the Telstra ACT Awards.

Elise Apolloni has won a trifecta of accolades at the ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Ms Apolloni, pharmacist and managing partner at the Capital Chemist Wanniassa, was named Telstra ACT Entrepreneur of the Year; Telstra ACT Young Business Woman of the Year; and Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year at the awards, held over the weekend at the National Gallery of Australia.

This follows a string of awards this year, including being named AJP’s top “Rising Star” by our readers.

Ms Apolloni is also PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year, and the Capital Chemist Wanniassa was a Pharmacy of the Year finalist this year, taking out the award for Professional Innovation at APP, as well as being named joint winner of the Guild Care Pharmacy of the Year competition.

The pharmacy also won the Telstra ACT Small Business of the Year Award in July.

She said she was “incredibly overwhelmed” by the Telstra Awards recognition.

“It is such a privilege to serve my community, and I am thankful to my supportive team, mentors and family who have motivated me to be the business woman I am today,” she said.

She thanked her husband and fellow pharmacist, Dean Apolloni, for his support and encouragement.

“No mountain looks too high to climb when you have such an amazing network of family, friends and colleagues around you,” she said.

“My husband is incredible and selfless in his ability to support me to fulfil any and every career aspiration I have.

“At our pharmacy we all work hard as a team to bring the best possible results for our patients and we are always looking for new ways to engage with the community,” she said.

“These awards really reflect that we are doing the right things and I believe they are a reflection of the commitment all of us at Capital Chemist Wanniassa have to our patients.”

Ms Apolloni will go on to compete on the national stage representing the ACT in the National Telstra Business Women’s Awards in November in Melbourne.

Industry stakeholders applauded Ms Apolloni’s latest achievements.

“I congratulate Elise Apolloni MPS on her achievements and success at the Telstra Business Awards last night,” PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said.

“Her leadership, business acumen and commitment to the pharmacy profession is outstanding.

“PSA wishes her well for the national finals.”

ACT president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Amanda Galbraith, said the awards were well deserved.

“These awards are in addition to the awards Elise and her pharmacy received earlier this year which were being named the GuildCare Pharmacy of the Year and receiving the award for Professional Innovation in the Guild Pharmacy of the Year Awards,” she said.

“On top of those, the pharmacy’s intern Morgan Kennedy won the intern of the Year Award earlier this year and just today was named in the top 10 Rising Stars of Pharmacy award, as was Kayla Lee, another of the pharmacy’s staff.

“This pharmacy is a leader in delivering professional services to the community and in innovating its business to meet the changing environment of community pharmacy.

“It is a model for the future and reflects the very high standard of community pharmacy that we enjoy in the ACT.”

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