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PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year calls for an end to negativity around the profession

Pharmacy, The Business of Health

In October 2014 Taren Gill was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year for her work in innovating community pharmacy practice. She has worked extensively in aged care, mentoring and teaching.

At the time of receiving the award Taren stated that “I see this as a celebration of my efforts and challenges of growing as a professional while the pharmacy industry is changing, and I will use it as a springboard for further learning and development.”

By January 2015  Taren had an article published on the Australian Journal of Pharmacy’s blog titled End the negativity about pharmacy. In this post, Ms Gill states that many new pharmacist speak to her negatively about the industry and that she reminds them that positivity is a choice.

Taren’s tips for pharmacists looking for opportunities are:

  • There is a gap between what pharmacists think patients want and what patients actually want, so be on the lookout for the opportunities based around what the patients and customers of the future need
  • How can pharmacists educate patients in a way that is tailored to every individual and see a monetary return for that?
  • Could you provide workplace health and wellness solutions such as health check days, flu vaccinations, weight loss programs and smoking cessation programs?
  • How can pharmacists help keep people in the homes in the community for longer?

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