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QLD Branch Director resigns after 25 years

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch has today announced that Branch Director, Robyn Ede has resigned after 25 years with the organisation.

“This year marks my 25th year at the Guild and I am ready for a change and a new challenge in my career,” Ms Ede said

“I would like to thank the Branch Committee and members of the Pharmacy Guild for their support and guidance over the years. Together we have made many positive contributions to the healthcare system, ensuring safe, affordable and easy access to medications for all Queenslanders.

“I am particularly proud to be part of the team that initiated pharmacist administered vaccinations; developed the Guild’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP); assisted community pharmacies to become safe spaces to deliver mental health first aid; and that has supported the APP Conference to grow from strength to strength,” Ms Ede said.

Queensland Branch President Trent Twomey said that Robyn has made an enormous contribution to the Guild and will be greatly missed by the committee, staff and stakeholders.

“On behalf of the Queensland Branch Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Robyn for her tireless contribution to the Guild, and indeed community pharmacy, for the last 25 years and wish her well in her future endeavours.

“Robyn is a strategic and thoughtful leader who has provided tireless support for community pharmacy. She has been the driving force behind the scenes, on countless projects and ensures the Branch is professionally managed to always deliver maximum value to our members.

“Robyn has been a trusted and reliable source of advice and support for me since I became the Branch President and I know that she will be missed by staff, members, the committee and stakeholders,” Trent said.

Throughout her tenure at the Guild, Robyn worked closely with several Branch Presidents, including past National President Kos Sclavos and past Senior National Vice President Tim Logan.

“Robyn has helped the Guild maintain a strong patient focus in terms of our outcomes, enabling us to form incredible bonds with a diverse range of health groups. These relationships have not only provided a number of business opportunities for our members but have become important advocates for the current structure of community pharmacy,” Kos said.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Robyn since 1994 and personally thank her for her outstanding contribution to the Guild and community pharmacy and wish her well in her future career,” Kos said.

Tim Logan added that Robyn has been a diligent, compassionate and intelligent leader who helped modernise the Branch to assist its members in delivering quality health outcomes.

“Robyn cares about her members, her staff and the customers of her pharmacy members. This led her to ensure the Queensland Branch is a vibrant, vital member organisation, delivering quality outcomes.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Robyn and wish her the very best for the future,” Tim said.

The Queensland Branch Committee has appointed executive and board recruitment agency Alex Kaar to fulfil the Branch Director position. Alex Kaar was responsible for the recent appointment of the Guild National Executive Director Suzanne Greenwood.

Robyn will continue as Branch Director until World Pharmacist Day, 25 September 2019.

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