Date: 12 March 2015
Kimberley Pharmacy Services of Broome are the 2015 QCPP Pharmacy of the Year champions.
Kimberley Pharmacy Services was named the overall winner of the competition at the Australian Pharmacy Professional conference (APP) on the Gold Coast, with the award presented by the Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley.
The remote area pharmacy had earlier won the Excellence in Community Engagement category, before being judged to be the best pharmacy of the 2015 competition. Owner pharmacist Hannah Mann accepted the award on behalf of her team.
The awards recognise achievement in community pharmacy across three categories. The categories and this year’s winners are:
One of the judges of the competition, Victorian pharmacist Bill Scott said: “When we went to Broome, I was just astounded that anyone would go to the lengths of difficulty that Hannah went to in that pharmacy to actually look after the remote and Indigenous community to a level that you would be proud of if they lived next door to the pharmacy.
“What Hannah did was she saw that the people needed better care than they were getting at present and she just decided to go out and do it; and if she couldn’t do it on her own she went and found the people who would work with her. And she had extraordinary cooperation whether it was the Aboriginal health worker, the remote area nurse, the local GP, the area hospital, the administration of the Aboriginal care organisation, she worked with all of them and she met them all more than half way. It really is a phenomenal example of what can be done when health professions work together.”
“I have to say this year I was just as excited to do the Pharmacy of the Year judging as I have ever been. It gets bigger every year. I’ve been amazed at the quality of pharmacies that I have seen over time, and this year was no different.”
The National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, said: “I am extremely proud of our industry and there is no better showcase of our individual and collective achievements than this rigorously judged and highly respected award.”
The overall winner and the category winners share in a cash prize, receive a stylish trophy to display in their pharmacy and a professional in-pharmacy photo shoot. The overall winner was deemed by the judges to be the pharmacy that stood out among the finalists and demonstrated achievements across each of the three categories. This year has seen a strong competition, with a tight field producing three worthy winners. The Pharmacy of the Year competition is proudly sponsored by the Quality Care Pharmacy Program, QCPP.
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