Sigma has donated $2,500 to the Pharmacists’ Support Service.
The donation is set to be put towards further training for the volunteer pharmacists who provide the service, as well as raising awareness that the service is available to all Australian pharmacists, pharmacy interns and students.
“Sigma continues to be a strong supporter of community pharmacy, and recognises the important role pharmacists play as the most accessible healthcare providers in community health.
“So it is important that organisations like PSS are available to support the pharmacists.”
Val Constable, vice president of PSS, welcomed the donation and the generosity of Sigma.
“This donation acknowledges the important role played by PSS,” says Constable.
“As a pharmacist you never know when you or someone close to you may need to ring PSS.
“PSS is about pharmacists supporting pharmacists and having someone who understands pharmacy at the other end of the phone is a key feature of PSS.”
Pharmacists requiring assistance can contact PSS for anonymous and discreet support on 1300 244 910 between 8am and 11pm every day of the year.
Over the last 20 years the PSS volunteers have given more than 120,000 hours of their time to support their colleagues.
For volunteers to provide this service an infrastructure is needed. The main costs incurred by PSS include telephone expenses, training of the volunteer team, insurance, part-time staff and administration.
The end of the financial year is a good time to give to PSS, the service says. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. It is now a lot easier to give to PSS. Click on the Donate Now button on the PSS website to go to the new online giving portal which is hosted by Give Now.
Donations can also be given by EFT directly into the Pharmacists’ Support Service bank account BSB 083-170 and account number 145988064 with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing name and contact details so that a receipt can be issued.