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Meet Sally Edwards: NT Pharmacy Assistant of the Year

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Sally Edwards is named Northern Territory Pharmacy Assistant of the Year (PATY)

Sally Edwards from United Chemists Tennant Creek has been chosen to represent the Northern Territory at the National Finals of the 2017 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).

A very thrilled Sally told PS she was “honoured” to have been nominated, never mind win the title.

“My husband and I made the 1000km trip to Darwin to the workshop–so to win is pretty mind blowing,” says Sally.

In fact, given the distance they travelled to attend the judging workshop, her husband had joked that she ought to win given the miles they’d travelled, says Sally laughing on the phone to PS today.

Sally has recently been appointed retail manager having worked in the dispensary prior but says she still feels she’s learning the ropes.

Given she was chosen from among the other finalists–it seems she’s taken to her new role with gusto.

“We have a lot on at the moment as we’re redesigning the whole shop; and I am keen to implement new training as well for staff members,” says Sally. “As we’re in a remote region keeping staff has always been a bit of a problem that’s why I feel training is so important. Well-trained staff have more investment in their roles as they find the job much more rewarding and can give so much more to the customers, which is crucial.”

In fact, Sally says that it was one customer’s weight loss achievement (the customer has lost an incredible 30kgs) and “changed her life”, and was one of Sally’s inspirations.

“I thought, if she can achieve so much, well, I should give this a go. It was something that was outside my comfort zone but I thought: stop procrastinating and go for it!”

And she’s glad she did.

“The other finalists were so amazing–I was sure any one of them could have won and never in a million years thought it would be me! You also get so many ideas from each other; and the Guild staff were wonderful too.”

Today Sally and the staff are celebrating her win with a morning tea with a cake made by her colleague, Kanongnga.

“I am still really shocked and really thrilled. I am also looking forward to attending the national finals in October. Everyone tells me you get so much out of participating in the Award–I am very excited!”

Pharmacy Guild of Australia training manager and national PATY Judge, Deborah Scholz said the Award is the premier opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding pharmacy assistants throughout Australia.  

“The PATY Award was created to recognise pharmacy assistants who not only go the extra mile to help their customers but are also proactive in developing their careers.  In doing so, they encourage others to strive for success and actively contribute to the community pharmacy industry,” Deborah said.

Judges picked Sally from four other state finalists at the NT state workshop where each participant demonstrated their pharmacy knowledge and showcased their skills in customer service and leadership. 

“Each candidate displayed a strong commitment to their work and the industry, which was a pleasure to see – it was a hard task to pick just one, but Sally really shone,” Deborah said.

“I would also like to acknowledge Benjamin King from Alice Springs Pharmacy who was awarded the Northern Territory winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award for outstanding customer service skills in community pharmacy,” Deborah said.           

General manager (Aust) of award sponsor AFT Pharmaceuticals, Calvin MacKenzie the organisation is pleased to be the major sponsor of the Award and to support the successful futures of pharmacy assistants.

“The calibre of PATY nominees is always extremely high, which is a great indication of the outstanding contribution that pharmacy assistants make in our communities, every day.

“We’re very proud to be involved with a program that recognises pharmacy assistants who not only take the extra step in their jobs but also in their career.

“Congratulations to Sally for her achievement as the state winner, I am sure she will represent Tennant Creek and the NT with pride!” Calvin said.

Sally will represent the NT at the National Finals to be held at the 2017 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on 26 October at the Gold Coast. The National winner will take home more than $10,000 in cash, prizes and rewards.

Northern Territory Glucojel Super Star Award winner, Benjamin will also be in the running to be presented with the national title, as well as prizes, awarded at the 2017 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference.

PS congratulates both winners!























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