Lucy Walker Chemmart Goondiwindi – Guild Pharmacy of the Year
Lucy Walker Chemmart Pharmacy, a rural community pharmacy in the town of Goondiwindi, Queensland, has been named Guild Pharmacy of the Year 2017.
The Guild Pharmacy of the Year Award, conducted annually by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, recognises pharmacies that are leading the way in providing innovative and optimal healthcare for members of their community. The ultimate winner is chosen from the three category winners who this year are:
- Community Engagement – Lucy Walker Chemmart Goondiwindi, Queensland
- Business Management – Capital Chemist Southlands, ACT
- Professional Services Innovation – Capital Chemist Wanniassa, ACT
The awards were presented by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, at the Australian Pharmacy Professional conference (APP) on the Gold Coast today.
A spokesperson for the judging group, pharmacist Nick Panayiaris, Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Councillor and President of the South Australian Branch of the Guild, said the Lucy Walker Chemmart Pharmacy was an exceptional example of a pharmacy transforming to a model of care that supports its local community.
“Lucy Walker has a very strong focus on staff welfare and staff development. The commitment to staff is a feature of the pharmacy operations and is an underlying foundation of its ability to provide the very best advice and services to customers and patients,” he said.
“The pharmacy’s strong community ties are reflected in the engagement and support the pharmacy receives from the regional areas. To these rural communities the pharmacy is an integral part of that community and a major social, health and community hub.”
The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, George Tambassis, said the Lucy Walker Chemmart pharmacy not only reflected the transformation of pharmacy today, but also the importance of rural pharmacy to local communities.
“This is an exemplary pharmacy whose services and offerings are now recognised as being the best in the country,” he said.
“It is a great example to all other pharmacies, regardless of where they are located, of what can be done with vision, commitment and a focus on the future.”