Does community pharmacy lag in bringing women to the fore, while other areas of pharmacy move forward?
The votes are already flowing in for our poll to determine pharmacy’s 10 Women of Influence. This is part of our campaign to look at the role of women in pharmacy, with a particular focus on community pharmacy.
As well as over 200 votes already cast, we have received a great deal of feedback and comment from readers, which will aid in shaping our coverage of the campaign.
In response to queries from readers, I wish to clarify that comments relating to the relative dearth of female leadership in pharmacy referred primarily to the national committees of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the PSA.
There have been a number of women who hold senior positions in some sectors of pharmacy – hospital pharmacy and academia in particular – and in other organisations.
Among those currently holding senior positions are Kristin Michaels, CEO of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia; Jenny Bergin, general manager of the Australian College of Pharmacy; and Bronwyn Clark, CEO of the Australian Pharmacy Council.
These are just three of the many women holding important, senior roles in pharmacy organisations. The SHPA national council, for example has a 50:50 gender split.
More than 60% of pharmacists are female, the profession should be working to achieve at least gender parity in its leadership.
Voting is open to all pharmacists, and you can vote for women working in all sectors of pharmacy.