Date: 17 March 2021
Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award nominations are now open!
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National President, George Tambassis, has announced that nominations for the popular Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY) opened this week.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY) is the premier award for Australian pharmacy assistants, recognising and celebrating the ‘best of the best’ in community pharmacy. PATY recognises outstanding pharmacy assistants’ skills, knowledge, leadership and customer service across a 12-month period.
“Nominees can either self-nominate or be nominated by a third-party,” Mr Tambassis said.
“They then have to complete and submit responses to the selection criteria, and up to 10 are then short-listed to take part in a virtual State workshop where winners from each State will be selected.
“The State winners then go on to a national judging workshop to be held in Brisbane in October, before the national winner is announced at the COVID-Safe Pharmacy Assistant National Conference, being held at the Sofitel in Brisbane on 22-23 October 2021.”
Mr Tambassis also said the State and national awards prizes were a big draw for pharmacy assistants to nominate.
“The top 10 finalists in each State are invited to participate in State workshops, which provide professional development opportunities for participants.
“The State winners receive a trophy, travel and registration to select events, as well as exclusive training and development sessions, a profile in national Guild electronic and social media platforms, and some external media.
“The national winner receives over $10,000 worth of prizes, including a trophy, a cash prize of $5,000, a customised training package, as well as return flights, accommodation and registration to the COVID Safe Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP), and the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference in 2022.”
Mr Tambassis encouraged the pharmacy industry to get behind the award and nominate pharmacy assistants.
“It has been a busy 12 months supporting the Australian community through the coronavirus pandemic and pharmacy assistants have served patients on the frontline.
“Take a minute to visit the website and nominate a deserving pharmacy assistant, whether it be for their customer service, leadership, knowledge, skills or community support over the past twelve months. If you think you might be one of Australia’s best pharmacy assistants, don’t be shy - nominate yourself.”
In addition to the main award, PATY features the Glucojel Super Star Award, which recognises outstanding customer service.
Further details are available at pharmacyassistants.com/paty/.
Contact: The Guild