Diversity on the agenda at APP

A commemorative panel session exploring the topic of diversity, made up of some of pharmacy’s best talent, will be held on Saturday, May 5 at APP2018.

The Ann Dalton Address – ‘From tokenism to leadership: women in decision-making roles’ – will cover a broad range of topics, among them gender, ethnicity and sexuality.

The panel will also discuss how, as an industry, pharmacy can ensure that boards and committees more equally represent the stakeholders they serve.

Facilitated by former Pharmacy Guild executive director Wendy Phillips, the panel includes:

  • Guild National Councillor Catherine Bronger: a community pharmacist with partnerships in three pharmacies in Sydney, two of which focus heavily on the development and implementation of professional services, such as immunisation, sleep-apnoea diagnostic and equipment service, compounding, weight-loss and diabetes education service. Ms Bronger is also a member of the Guild’s NSW Branch Committee and the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Health Industry Advisory Committee. The PSA NSW Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2015, Ms Bronger regularly mentors young pharmacy students.


  • Guild National Councillor Helen O’Byrne: a pharmacy owner in Tasmania for 20 years, a compounding pharmacist, pharmacist immuniser and member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia and the Guild’s Tasmania Branch, Ms O’Byrne conducts Home Medicine Reviews. She is passionate about keeping pharmacies viable and dynamic, making pharmacy-led professional services financially rewarding, and encouraging diversity in pharmacy ownership and on industry boards.


  • Guild Queensland Branch Committee member Lucy Walker:
    the owner and pharmacist of the Guild Pharmacy of the Year for 2017, Lucy Walker Chemmart Pharmacy Goondiwindi, Queensland, and winner of the Community Engagement category for the same year, Ms Walker has been a pharmacist for 15 years and is an accredited pharmacist conducting Home Medicine Reviews. Her background includes hospital pharmacy and academic detailing for Health Workforce Queensland. She sits on the advisory board of Chemmart Pharmacy and her store was a state winner of the Chemmart Pharmacy of the Year award for 2015.


  • White Retail Group Managing Director Rhonda White: a co-founder of the Terry White Chemists group, which in 2016 merged with the Chemmart pharmacy chain to create Australia’s largest retail pharmacy brand network, TerryWhite Chemmart. In 2011, Ms White was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and was awarded a Doctor of the University by Griffith University. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to the pharmacy profession for her contributions to education and retail practices and as a role model for women in business, and last year was awarded Doctor of the University, Queensland University of Technology for recognition of her dedication to Pharmacy and the community.

APP2018 (May 3-6 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre) will also host a women’s networking lunch on Thursday, May 3 on the venue’s Eastern Terrace 1 (entry via Kombi Café). Open to all day and full registrations, this is promoted as a great opportunity to meet other women in pharmacy and share your APP experience.

For program details and to take advantage of early-bird pricing, visit www.appconference.com.


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