The dream of representing their state in a national award which recognises outstanding pharmacy assistants has become a reality for the eight State Winners competing in this year’s Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).
James Brown from Blaxland Day and Night Pharmacy is the NSW pharmacy assistant who has been selected to take part in the PATY National Finals, which will take place in a virtual format on 30 October.
The State Winners were selected for their demonstration of pharmacy knowledge and skills in customer service and in leadership.
By participating in the National Finals, the State Winners will be in the running to take home over $10,000 in prizes including cash, a training package, educational opportunities and other great rewards.
As part of this year’s award, AFT Pharmaceuticals and Maxigesic have developed a free education module for pharmacy assistants, which highlights their vital role in pain management.
Pharmacy assistants are encouraged to sign up at pharmacyassistants.com/education/ to access the module and receive the latest industry, conference and PATY updates. The sign-up page also features an introductory video to pharmacy assistants’ role in pain management by 2018 PATY winner, Alice Vanderpol.
In addition to the main award, PATY features the Glucojel Super Star Award, which recognises outstanding customer service amongst the PATY state finalists. Congratulations to Jacalyn Dillon from Simply Pharmacy Valentine for being the NSW winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award.
L-R: 2019 NSW State Winner Melinda Loh, 2020 NSW State Winner James Brown
and NSW Branch President David Heffernan