George Tambassis confirmed as National President

Date: 21 October 2013

The resignation of the Guild’s National President, Kos Sclavos, took effect from this morning, with Victorian pharmacist George Tambassis confirmed unanimously as the new National President from today.

Mr Tambassis has been the President of the Guild’s Victorian Branch since 2011. He is a working pharmacist with 25 years’ experience in pharmacies in rural and suburban Victoria.

Kos Sclavos announced in April that he would step down in October after eight years in the position to provide a smooth transition for the Guild’s most senior elected post.
Mr Sclavos said: “I congratulate George on his election. As National President I have seen George’s collaborative approach at first hand. He has a passion for the ongoing viability of community pharmacy and the role of pharmacists. I thank George for the smooth transition which will ensure the Guild pursues its key issues and projects in a seamless manner.”

Mr Tambassis said: “I am humbled by the responsibility that National Council has given me. I intend to work hard in the interests of community pharmacy. I am committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of pharmacy as a critical health provider working with the wider pharmacy sector.”

Mr Sclavos, a Brisbane community pharmacist, has been the National President of the Pharmacy Guild since November 2005, and has been re-elected to the position twice. He was first elected Queensland Branch President in 1996.

Executive Director David Quilty said: “On behalf of the Guild, I acknowledge the extraordinary contribution that Kos has made to community pharmacy in Australia. His passion and commitment is unparalleled and no one has done more over the last decade to secure the viability and drive the quality of Australia’s 5,300 community pharmacies.

“His long list of achievements includes the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement, which saw the introduction of innovative, remunerated professional pharmacy services; the establishment of the quality accreditation program for pharmacies; the design and introduction of systemised IT programs for professional pharmacy services; and leadership on eHealth and electronic prescriptions.

“We wish Kos every success in the next stage of his career and extend our thanks to Effie Sclavos for being such a tower of strength for her husband.

“While Kos’ retirement is the end of an era, I know that the Guild’s incoming National President, George Tambassis, will continue his strong record of leadership and bring a similar level of energy and commitment to the job,” he said.

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