Top 20 pharmacy assistants in each state announced

The top 20 pharmacy assistants in each state and territory of Australia have been named, as part of the 2016 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/GuildSuper Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).

The calibre and number of self and third nominees was incredible, according to Pharmacy Guild of Australia pharmacy practice state manager, and PATY National Judge, Kathy Knack.

“[More than] 580 pharmacy assistants were nominated for the award, and it was extremely hard to choose just 20 finalists for each state and territory.

“As a part of the application process, nominees are asked to answer a series of questions, relating to current trends and opportunities in pharmacy. The answers we received we just phenomenal – it is wonderful to see so many dedicated, creative and professional pharmacy assistants contributing to our industry,” Knack says.

The Guild’s president George Tambassis says the award is now in its 10th year (under the auspices of the Guild) and is the largest national award to recognise and reward pharmacy assistants.

“There are more than 35,000 pharmacy assistants in Australia. This award provides a public platform to recognise pharmacy assistants as professional and valued health care professionals, to employers, the community and the industry; and in doing so, highlights the rewarding career path of a pharmacy assistant,” Tambassis says.

Finalists are invited to a Workshop Training Day in their capital city. From there, a winner will be chosen to represent their state or territory at the National Finals held at the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on the Gold Coast in October.

The National Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Winner will take home more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, including a Guild Training course of their choice so they can continue to progress their career.

The finalist are (and huge congratulations!):


Last name

Pharmacy where employed


Mikayla deSmet

Capital Chemist Southlands


Moliel O’Brien

Kambah Discount Pharmacy


Sonya Kristiansen

Cooleman Court Pharmacy


Rebecca Davis

Discount Pharmacy Group


Tarnee Lamb

Discount Pharmacy Macquarie


Penelope Porgazian

Chisholm Capital Chemist


Joanne Cooper

Capital Chemist Dickson


Naomi Murray

Mitchell Discount Pharmacy


Fiona Dunn

Capital Chemist Southlands


Alexandra O’Brien

Grant’s Pharmacy


Nardi Fuller

Priceline Pharmacy Maitland


Robyn Burke

Blooms The Chemist Albion Park


Judy Currie

Goonellabah Pharmacy


Fiona Martin

Miller’s Pharmacy Yass


Amanda Johnson

Mediadvice Pharmacy Terrigal


Jodie Hinds

Lake Albert Pharmacy


Ashleigh Hoitink

The Bush Chemist


Tanya Holt

Terry White Chemists Coffs Harbour


Maria Masud

Chemist Outlet Baulkham Hills


Leah Thelander

Woolgoolga Amcal pharmacy


Suzanne Tyrrell

Peter Needs Chemmart Pharmacy


Rebecca Robinson

Quirindi Pharmacy and emporium


Karen Fulton

Warnervale Chemmart


Courtney Boyall

Morisset Main Street Pharmacy


Rita Mcgregor

Mc Beath Pharmacy Westmead Public Hospital


Narelle Percy

Hogans Pharmacy


Abbie Ford

Telarah Pharmacy


Bonnie Flitcroft

Austral Pharmacist Advice and Penrith High Street Chemmart Pharmacy


Laura Tickle

Shortis & Timmins Pharmacy


Allana Drake

Palmerston Super Clinic Pharmacy


Cathy Martin

Stuart Park Amcal Pharmacy


Tammee Birrer

Alice Springs Pharmacy


Simone May

Northpharm Pharmacy


Denise Brady

Bardens Pharmacy


Lorinda Belmonte

Berry Springs Country Wellness Pharmacy


Melanie Osborne

United Chemist’s Palmerston


Shalome Baun

Palmerston Amcal Pharmacy


Barbara Harvey

Amcal Max Pharmacy Nightcliff


Amelia Evans

Mt Coolum Pharmacy


Cara Keehn

Jandowae Pharmacy


Emma Tewes

Kingaroy Good Price Pharmacy


Therese Duff

Coomera Village Amcal Chempro Chemist


Julianne Gigney

Cotton Tree Discount Drug Store


Kimberley Lampett

Priceline Pharmacy Sandgate


Luane Botha

Optimal Pharmacy Plus Kin Kora


Tracy-ann Jarman

Redland Bay Discount Drugstore


Alisha Gibson

Pease St Discount Drug Store


Rebeka Stevenson

Mooloolah Valley Pharmacy


Sharnagh Young

Malouf Pharmacy Forest Lake


Tyas Suradi

Malouf Pharmacies Kenmore


Natanya Mclenaghan

Aspley Discount Drug Store


Catherine Mccourt

Amcal Kedron Pharmacy


Heidi Dudley

Malouf Pharmacies Rockhampton


Veronica Mosby

Thursday Island Pharmacy


Jane Reuter

Toowoomba Central Discount Drug Store


Caitlin Smith

Holland Park Pharmacy


Kiri Vickary

Atherton Discount Drug Store


Allison Jones

Discount Drug Store Sunnypark


Lorraine Nehme

Terry White Chemists Castle Plaza


Katrina Pilkington

Clare Chemmart Pharmacy


Dione Molloy

Good Price Morphett Vale


Janine Johnston

Gambier City Chemmart


Andrew Morgan

Mclaren Vale Chemmart


Natalie Summers

Woodcroft Chemplus


Jade Harkness

Star Discount Chemist Firle


Ann Jenke

Priceline Pharmacy Renmark


Tracey Basford

Balhannah Chemplus


Rhiannon Russell

United Chemist Marion


Melissa Roughley

Upper Burnie Chemmart


Danielle Bowden

Riverside Capital Chemist


Mikayla Hayward

Longford Chemmart Pharmacy


Tenielle Odgers

Valley Road Chemmart Pharmacy


Jessie Hughes

Galloways Pharmacy


Tracy Boyd

Mersey Advantage Pharmacy


Cindy Riley

Tasman Pharmacy


Nadine Coleman

Terry White Chemist Fourways


Ebony Kaminski

Good Price Pharmacy, Cambridge Park


Karen Burns

Queenstown Medical Union Pharmacy


Kristy Richardson

Coventry’s Pharmacy


Teagan Crawford

Lauderdale Pharmacy


Brianna Hunt

Risdon Vale


Scott Newsum

Deloraine Amcal Pharmacy


Maree Pizzirusso

Discount Drug Store Ashwood Melbourne


Phillipa Maika

East Bentleigh Chemmart Pharmacy


Renee Living

Maldon Pharmacy


Vi (Vivianne)Tran

Footscray Plaza Pharmacy (Priceline)


Kerryn Hedger

Alexandra Community Pharmacy


Maria Parnis

Port Melbourne pharmacy


Xuan Vuu

Super Saver Discount Chemist


Michelle Cincotta

Rye Beach Chemmart


Jessica Ruedin

UFS Pharmacy Bendigo


Theresa Ness



Abbie Leith

Jenny Milner-Marsha Watson


Kerrie Hillier

Beechworth Pharmacy


Gabby Squires

Jenny Milner – Marsha Watson Pharmacy


Danielle Treeby

Watsonia Pharmacy


(Jennifer) Kylie Smith

Ringwood Square Healthsave Pharmacy


Allison Alexander

Newcomb Central Pharmacy


Katherine Hunter

James Dean Pharmacy


Jordan Chase



Kyrie Panagopoulos

Value Health Pharmacy


Andrea McNamara

Advantage Pharmacy Drouin


Tamara Heeney

Boulevard Pharmacy Newman


Sarah Fitzpatrick

Dongara Guardian Pharmacy


Tam Norton

Friendlies Wangara


Kiri Mathias

Eaton Community Pharmacy


Melanie Collard

Secret Harbour Pharmacy


Shelby Latham

Collie Chemmart Pharmacy


Jessica Couper

Friendlies Pharmacy High Wycombe


Darlene Mcgregor

Pharmacy 777 Langford


Kylie Hardstaff

Terry White Chemists Warwick


Sarah Stevens

Wizard Central Pharmacy


Cherie Fletcher

Wizard Pharmacy Kalgoorlie Central


Ellen Ryan

Innaloo Discount Drug Store


Joelene Stanley

Collie Chemmart Pharmacy


Kara Stalker

Amcal Chemist Carnarvon


Bryan Hann

Castletown Chemist


Jessica Murphy

Harvey Pharmacy


Amanda Skipper

Jurien Pharmacy

PS is a proud member of the judging panel but has no involvement in the selection process. The national winner is given the opportunity to write a monthly column in PS.



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