Rising to the top

We speak to Sam Turner, a popular president of NAPSA in 2014/15, selected as one of AJP’s 10 Rising Stars of Pharmacy.

AJP: What are you currently up to in pharmacy?

ST: So I’m currently Pharmacist Manager at Priceline Pharmacy in Hervey Bay and I’ve been here since January, after completing my internship in Brisbane at Terry White Chemists Brookside.

My other recent positions and achievements are:

  • PSA QLD Branch Committee (current)
  • NAPSA National President (2014/15), awarded Honorary Life Membership 2016
  • Lung Foundation COPD pharmacy committee (current)
  • QLD Pharmacy Graduate of the year 2015
  • QLD Pharmacy Student of the year 2015
  • Australian College of Pharmacy Board Member (2014/15)

AJP: What does pharmacy mean to you?

ST: I have 10 years community pharmacy experience working during my university years and even during high school at Terry White Chemists Myer Centre.

I love working in community pharmacy as I thrive on generating trustworthy relationships with my customers and patients to improve genuine health outcomes.

This isn’t always about choosing the right therapies or clinical interventions, for me it’s about supporting the patient through times of recovery or hardship.

Advice we give as pharmacists isn’t just black and white what we learn at university, it’s about tailoring that information in a way to give patients the tools to make the right health decisions. Even if that means they then agree and implement every suggestion you make, well great, that’s where the trust in the relationship comes into play.

AJP: What are the career benefits of working in a regional/rural area?

ST: I’ve found the ability of working in a regional area like Hervey Bay has been a great stepping-stone away from the city. This is an important point for younger pharmacists. I truly believe I have been given a greater opportunity to engage with my community to build our business by moving away from the big city.

Engaging with the local community through presentations at retirement villages, health promotions and collaborating with local services has truly been valuable for us from a business and practitioner perspective.

AJP: What does it mean to you to be voted one of the 10 Rising Stars of Pharmacy?

ST: I am truly humbled to have been notified of this poll. As an AJP reader, I myself voted for a number of colleagues of whom I believe more deserving of this accolade, but to be considered among them is truly special.

There’s a lot I want this profession to achieve during my career, and I’m excited to be surrounded by a very talented crop of emerging leaders. I look forward to continuing to do my part to help achieve this.

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