TerryWhite Chemmart Charlestown Pharmacist Michael Minter has been named TerryWhite Chemmart Pharmacist of the Year for 2020
Announcing Mr Minter’s win at a gala evening awards as part of TerryWhite Chemmart’s Masterclass event which concluded yesterday in Melbourne, CEO Duncan Phillips said Mr Minter’s passion for pharmacy as well as his motivation and drive made him a worthy recipient for the honour.
“It’s the calibre of our pharmacists that make TerryWhite Chemmart the pharmacy brand it is today and Michael is a true reflection of what it means to be great pharmacist,” Mr Phillips said.
“Not only is Michael a great pharmacist, having been instrumental to his pharmacy of Charlestown taking out the NSW TWC Pharmacy of the Year in 2019, he is a community leader and driver of change recently helping to transform his pharmacy into a community safe-space for marginal groups in the local and greater Newcastle region.
“Michael also takes charge of the store’s DAA growth and recruitment strategy, something he is particularly passionate about having witnessed a large number of medication misadventure incidents and the severe lack of health literacy affecting his local community.”
Mr Minter has a personal commitment to be a multi-skilled health professional, he said: while a pharmacist first-and-foremost, Mr Minter is also a part-time practicing paramedic and recently completed further training to become a trained Diabetes Educator.
“Michael’s versatility as a health professional and his genuine passion for improving the health of his community deserves to be recognised and applauded,” Mr Phillips said.
Accepting the award at the TerryWhite Chemmart Masterclass, Mr Minter said it was an incredible honour and privilege to win the award.
“TerryWhite Chemmart has quite the roll call of inspirational pharmacists so to be named amongst them is quite the honour indeed,” he said.
“The last few days here at Masterclass has highlighted to me that our profession is full of many individuals passionate about improving the health of their communities. To be surrounded by more than 400 of these individuals over three days has been nothing short of inspiring and has left me with a renewed appreciation of our amazing profession.”
“Thank you to TerryWhite Chemmart and my peers for the acknowledgement.”
As winner of the TerryWhite Chemmart Pharmacist of the Year Award, Mr Minter receives funding towards furthering his education to ensure he can continue the great work he is already doing for his community.
Taking on flu
At the Masterclass, TerryWhite Chemmart also launched its Winter Defence campaign, which includes encouraging Australians to prepare for the 2020 flu season by being vaccinated early.
Duncan Phillips said flu vaccination stock had started to arrive in pharmacies with pharmacists well prepared to vaccinate before the peak flu season.
“We are in a fortunate position across our large network of pharmacies to be able to help improve vaccination rates to avoid a repeat of last year’s record-breaking season.
“As we know it is recommended that people get vaccinated some three to four months before the peak flu season hits to ensure the best protection.
“Last year TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacists provided its flu vaccination service to 250,000 customers and I am confident that we can help even more customers this year.”
TerryWhite Chemmart Professional Practice Manager Chris Campbell said that “Whilst immunisation continues to play the major role in the reduction of influenza induced morbidity and mortality, Australia still experienced one of the worst seasons on record in 2019”.
“It is therefore important that pharmacists who are very much on the frontline of healthcare associated with influenza know how to best identify patients with influenza like symptoms, can triage and refer where necessary and understand where antivirals may fit in terms of treatment and prophylaxis,” said Mr Campbell.
“Appropriate triage is even more important today as we tackle the COVID-19 virus which seems to exhibit symptoms similar to influenza.”