Moama pharmacy assistant to represent NSW

Pharmacy assistant Alice Vanderpol from Moama Village Pharmacy has been chosen to represent NSW at the National Finals of the 2018 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).

Now in its 12th year, PATY is the premier award for Australian pharmacy assistants, recognising and celebrating the ‘best of the best’ in community pharmacy.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia Training Manager and National PATY Judge Deborah Scholz says this prestigious award acknowledges and celebrates the important contribution pharmacy assistants make to community pharmacy.

“PATY was created to recognise pharmacy assistants who not only go the extra mile to help their customers, but are also proactive in developing their careers,” she said. “This commitment encourages others to strive for success and actively contribute to the community-pharmacy industry.”

Judges picked Alice from 20 other state finalists at the NSW workshop yesterday, where each participant demonstrated their pharmacy knowledge and showcased their skills in customer service and leadership.

“The calibre of candidates this year is extremely high,” Ms Scholz said. “Each candidate displayed a strong commitment to their work and the industry, which I am extremely impressed with. It was a hard task to pick just one winner, but Alice really shone.”

Alice was delighted to be selected as the NSW winner.

“I’m really happy and proud of myself,” she said. “You always fantasise about winning something like this, but you don’t actually think that it could happen to you.

“I’m really proud of all the hard work and really humbled at the same time.”

Award sponsor AFT Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd General Manager (Aust) Calvin MacKenzie said, “Congratulations to Alice for her achievement as the state winner. I’m certain she will represent Moama Village Pharmacy and NSW with great pride!”

The National Finals will be held at the 2018 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on October 26 at the Gold Coast. The national winner will take home over $10,000 in cash, prizes and rewards.