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Guild Queensland Branch president Trent Twomey: “How good is Queensland?”

Pharmacy Guild Queensland branch president Trent Twomey accepts nomination for national president role

Professor Trent Twomey is the single nominee for the presidency of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, with nominations for the role now closed.

The official Australian Electoral Commission results are expected to be released on Friday.

“I am deeply honoured and humbled by the prospect of serving as the Guild’s National President,” said Prof Twomey in a statement released on Wednesday.

“While I am very excited to serve in this capacity, it is not something that I do lightly. We all know how challenging pharmacy can be, especially over the last 12 months and into the next few years,” he said.

“As a pharmacist living and working over 1600 kilometres from a State capital city [in Cairns, in Far North Queensland], I understand the tyranny of distance and the importance of our community pharmacy network right across the country.”

Prof Twomey has served as Queensland branch president and senior national vice president of the Guild since 2017, and as a Guild national councillor since 2011.

He has also previously served as president of the Australian College of Pharmacy (now the Australasian College of Pharmacy) and president of NAPSA.

He currently holds the role of Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, his alma mater.

“Over my 10 years on the [Guild] national council, I’ve collegiately dedicated my time and effort to ensure our members are fully supported,” he said.

“I’m most proud of those areas where we have been able to deliver more services to our patients and customers and seen off dangerous and unnecessary regulatory changes like 60-day dispensing.

“This election is not about me; it does represent a generational changing of the guard but, more importantly, a continuation of the support, advocacy for and love of community pharmacy.”

Chris Owen, vice president of the Guild Queensland branch, is set to take over as acting president once Prof Twomey steps up to the national presidency, with elections to be held for the state presidency.

“I look forward to working together with community pharmacies across Australia, advocating on their behalf, and together delivering better health outcomes to our patients,” said Prof Twomey.

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