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Your Pharmacy Career Podcast

An innovative Career Podcast, specifically for Pharmacists.

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The “Your Pharmacy Career” Podcast fortnightly features a leader from the profession, discussing their career and sharing their experiences and learnings.

Hosted by Pharmacist, Allie Xu, the podcast is designed to inspire pharmacists at any stage of your career to uncover the world of opportunities that exist and help navigate your way into a career and life that you love.

For 2022 we are launching Season 4 with:

  • Jeyda Shiaxiates - People and Programs Manager at API for Priceline Pharmacy

  • Lucinda Marks - Pharmacist in Charge at Capital Chemist Calwell | Pharmacy Guild / MIMS 2019 Intern Pharmacist of the Year

  • Verity Boustead - MPharm Student at Monash University | 2021/22 NAPSA President | Alfred Health Intern 2022

  • Jess Burrey - Director at Emerald Pharmacy Services | Owner of Direct Chemist Outlet Emerald | Board Member of Central Queensland Rural Health & Rural Health Management Services | Clinical Council Member of Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN

  • Chris Owen - President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia - QLD Branch | Owner of Owen Pharmacy Group | Past-President of Australasian College of Pharmacy

  • Lisa Nguyen - Founder and CEO of Astrid Dispensary | Cannabinoid Medicine | Consultant Pharmacist

  • Samantha King - Intern Pharmacist at QLD Health | Executive Director of Education & Professional Development at NAPSA | National Pharmacy Student Representative - Early Career Pharmacy Working Group (ECPWG) at PSA

  • Emma Conway - 2021 TerryWhite Chemmart Pharmacist of the Year | Pharmacist at Lucy Walker Pharmacy Goondiwindi

  • Brenton Hart - Chief Pharmacist at TerryWhite Chemmart | Secretary of Pharmacy Cricket

We hope the Podcast series becomes a must listen for any Pharmacist in Australia, irrespective of their field of interest, and shines a light on the wonderful role models in the profession and their amazing stories and careers.” - Heidi Dariz, GM of Raven's Recruitment

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S04E05: Chris Owen is a third-generation regional community pharmacist with a keen interest in rural health and pharmacy education. He has practical experience and degree qualifications in rural pharmacy as well as offering specialist services in Sexual Health; particularly HIV prevention and treatment.

Chris is the Queensland Branch President & National Vice-President Finance of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former President of Australasian College of Pharmacy.

In his downtime, Chris holds a keen interest in Golf, Rugby and Horse Racing. He is married to Lachana, who works as a paediatric nurse at Queensland Children’s Hospital.

You can find Chris Owen on LinkedIn.

S04E04: Jess Burrey grew up in regional NSW and has practiced Pharmacy in rural and regional areas since gaining registration in 2006. Cutting her teeth working as a Managing Pharmacist in Mount Isa as soon as she gained full registration, Jess has been practicing in Emerald QLD for the past 12.5 years and became a pharmacy owner in 2016.

Across her group of pharmacies, Jess and her team deliver a wide range of services and extended scope opportunities for Pharmacists. Driven by a desire to develop the skills of young pharmacists and health professionals through mentoring and training Jess has recently partnered with the newly announced Central Queensland Centre for Rural Healthoperated by JCU.

Along with her pharmacy operations, Jess is actively involved in the delivery of health services to rural and remote areas as a board director for Central Queensland Rural Healthand Rural Health Management Servicessupporting rural health practitioners and practices to create sustainability and excellence in rural health and is a member of the CQ Clinical Councilfor the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Central Queensland PHN and member of the Communities of Excellence steering committee.

You can find Jess Burrey on LinkedIn.

S04E03: Verity Boustead is the current National President of the National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association (NAPSA), and former Research Chair. Verity is working as an Intern Pharmacist at Alfred Health in Melbourne, and in her final year of a Master of Pharmacy at Monash University after graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (First Class Honours).

Through her role as the NAPSA President, Verity wants to continue the fantastic work of her predecessors in strengthening the knowledge and experiences of pharmacy students and interns throughout Australia, and ensuring that their future is prosperous.

Outside of pharmacy, Verity maintains a very balanced lifestyle spending time with friends and family, going on hikes every weekend, and spending too much money on brunch.

You can find Verity Boustead on LinkedIn.

S04E02: Lucinda Marks currently part owns and manages two Capital Chemist pharmacies in Canberra. Her pharmacy career began 14 years ago. Since then she has experienced the full spectrum of positions in pharmacy, assistant, dispense technician, intern pharmacist, pharmacist, pharmacist in charge and now managing partner.

In 2019 Lucinda received the MIMS/Guild Australian Intern Pharmacist of the Year and Team Member of the Year Finalist for Capital Chemist. In 2020, she was awarded The Sirianni Scholarship for Future Pharmacist Leaders.

Thoroughly passionate about community pharmacy, Lucinda's passion lies within assisting our community to our utmost ability and motivating our staff to do the same. Lucinda also believes in practising what we preach, living the most balanced life possible, and also loves playing competitive league tag and enjoy being outdoors.

You can find Lucinda Marks on LinkedIn.

S04E01: Jeyda Shiaxiates works at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) in Pharmacy Operations for Priceline Pharmacy. She has been a community Pharmacist for seven years, and in a brand support role for five years.  She is a mum of two young children (5 years old and 11 months old) and works full time. Her current role involves developing and supporting the Priceline Pharmacists in their career and professional development ambitions. She is passionate about the value a Pharmacist can add to patient care and the importance of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals where Pharmacist’s are the centre of the ecosystem.

This year, Jeyda works to recognise and support Pharmacists working through the pandemic, with appreciation of  the changes in our profession in recent times and its impact into the future. Further to this, Jeyda has an interest in the emerging generation of Pharmacist Graduates, as they transition from University into the Priceline Pharmacy banner.

You can find Jeyda Shiaxiates on LinkedIn.

S03E05: Kay Dunkley is passionate about the health and well-being of health professionals.  After forging a career based in hospital pharmacy prior to having children, Kay has over the years also been involved in roles providing services which support pharmacists and other health professionals.  These roles have included working for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victorian Branch), the Victorian Drug Usage Advisory Committee (VDUAC), the Victorian Medicines Advisory Committee (VMAC) and the Victorian Therapeutics Advisory Group (VicTAG).  Currently Kay is employed as the Executive Officer of the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS).

The role with PSS lead to employment by AMA Victoria to establish and coordinate their Peer Support Service for doctors and medical students which is based on the PSS model.  At AMA Victoria Kay also coordinates the Peer Visitor Program matching elderly isolated doctors with volunteer visitors who are medical students or doctors.  In addition she shares the role of coordinating the doctor in training mentoring program at AMA Victoria.

Kay has also until recently worked as an accredited consultant pharmacist undertaking medication reviews.

In 2020 Kay was awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Symbion Pharmacist of the Year.

You can find Kay Dunkley on LinkedIn.

S03E04: David Paulmert is an early career Pharmacist on Thursday Island. David was awarded 2018 Guild Intern of the Year while working in Port Douglas and continued to work there for four years. David then moved to Thursday Island at the beginning of 2021, and now often commutes to work via helicopter, spending the day in remote health centres on the islands in the Torres Strait.

David is an alumnus of the Griffith University Association of Pharmacy Students (GUAPS), where he served as President in 2015, and Treasurer in 2016. He is also an honorary life member of the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA), following his role on the Board for two years (2015-17).

David carries a strong enthusiasm for rural practice and has no plans to move to an urban location anytime soon.

You can find David Paulmert on LinkedIn.

S03E03: Trent Twomey was elected as National President of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia in March 2021. Trent has been involved with the Guild for over 10 years and was part of the successful negotiating team for the Sixth and Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreements.

He is Secretary of the World Pharmacy Council, immediate Past Chairman and Director of Advance Cairns, a Professor at James Cook University, a Council Member of the Queensland Futures Institute, and a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Trent and his wife are both pharmacists and own a small group of pharmacies in Northern Queensland.

You can find Trent Twomey on LinkedIn.

S03E02: Michael Minter is an experienced Paramedic and Pharmacist with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. Michael has been recognised as the 2020 Pharmacist of the Year for TerryWhite Chemmart.

Skilled in Emergency Medicine, Management and Leadership, Michael has a strong professional focus on health education with a graduate certificate in Diabetes Education.

Michael's special interest is in providing specialised care to marginalised communities including the LGBTIQ+ community, as a part of everyday practice.

This episode features Paige Wilcox, also known as P. K. Wilcox, Paige (she/her) is a compassionate author and Intentional Storytelling Consultant. Paige uses the Intentional Storytelling method to create compelling stories that counter unhealthy or unhelpful bias, tropes, and stereotypes in mainstream media. Her unique skillset draws on formal education in film, television, and theatre acting, business, corporate training, and communications. These are enhanced by more than 15 years of experience with host presenting, panel moderation, inclusion proofreading, creative writing, and book publishing. 

Paige has previously served as board member for Open Doors Youth Service, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting LGBTIQ youth. She also dedicated years to assisting LGBTIQ professionals through roles as Queensland State Director and Director of State Development with Out for Australia. Her combination of training design skills and lived experience have allowed her to help educate medical students, doctors, and other professionals. 

This passion was the driving force behind her science fiction novel Before We Pulled The Trigger, and is thoroughly explored in the semi-autobiographical Memoirable series detailing life before and after her gender transition.

You can find Michael Minter on LinkedIn and Paige Wilcox on LinkedIn.

S03E01: Rheanna Norris is a dedicated and passionate pharmacy student who aspires to work as a clinical hospital pharmacist. As President of the Queensland Pharmacy Students’ Association (QPSA) for 2021 and outgoing National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) treasurer 20/21, Rheanna has been provided with an invaluable opportunity to be involved in the expanding pharmacy industry.

Rheanna attributes these positions to her future pharmacy career and feels privileged to be involved in a fascinating field of study. You can sometimes catch them bouldering at their local gym or catching up with friends in their spare time as they try to balance working as a student pharmacist with academia and leadership commitments.

This episode features some relevant questions answered by Debbie Capuano, Recruitment Consultant at Raven's Recruitment.

You can find Rheanna Norris on LinkedIn and Debbie Capuano on LinkedIn.

S02E05: Gerald Quigley is a Pharmacist and Master Herbalist based in Melbourne. He is a media health commentator heard each week on many radio stations across Australia.

He is a regular weekly guest on Australia Overnight, heard across the Nine Radio network and syndicated stations each Thursday morning. This group includes 4CA, 4BC, 2UE, 5aa, 3AW and regional networks. He speaks on 6PR Perth on Saturday evenings. Additionally, he is co-host of a health and wellness program heard each Sunday on the Nine Radio Network live across Australia. Gerald is a regular guest on House of Wellness TV seen on the Seven Network across Australia each week.

He has lectured in Drug & Integrative Pharmacology to 3rd Year students at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, part of the Torrens University Group, in Melbourne. Gerald has also published a textbook on the benefits of Olive Leaf Extract. Gerald is a Fellow of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NTAA) and Fellow of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).

Gerald consults to a number of companies within the health and wellness network within Australia, lectures at Wellness conferences and regularly speaks to a variety of Community groups and  communities about physical and emotional health. He sees patients by appointment at Botanica in Malvern Victoria.

His passion is to empower each person to make sensible health decisions, and to continually maintain and improve their quality of life, especially as they age. Gerald reinforces our rediscovery of the ability to understand wellness, the role of food choices, and aging well – all of which are aspects of vitality fundamental to our future.

You can find Gerald Quigley on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

S02E04: Megan Tremlett has more than 25 years’ experience working as a pharmacist across public and private hospital (across 3 states of Australia as well as overseas), community pharmacy, consultancy, project management and research.

Megan is currently based in Queensland working for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia as a Senior Pharmacist in the Program Delivery Team, managing a number of palliative care projects. She is also supporting the Brisbane South Primary Health Network in a joint appointment with PSA to lead a number of priority pharmacy-related initiatives.

Prior to this role, Megan spent two and a half years as one of PSA’s project coordinators for the Integrating Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to improve Chronic disease management (IPAC) trial, which sought to explore the impact of pharmacists integrated into Aboriginal health services.

Megan is passionate about job diversity and the development of career pathways which enable pharmacists to work to their full scope of practice in a variety of settings, optimising professional satisfaction and striving to improve patient health outcomes.

You can find Megan Tremlett on LinkedIn.

S02E03: Sam Turner has a passion for community pharmacy in Australia and it's changing potential. With over 10 years of experience Sam has experienced pharmacy as a Manager, Locum, Pharmacist & student whilst obtaining exceptional growth results during his leadership ventures. More recently Sam has traveled and locumed around Australia.

Sam is now the Operations Manager for Scrypt Ventures, a pharmacy software development and digital transformation company who partner with leading vendors to provide end-to-end dispensary solutions for community pharmacy.

Sam's further experience includes extensive involvement in professional organisations and industry representation over the last 5 years including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Pharmacy Development Australia, and the Digital Health Agency to name a few.

You can find Sam Turner on LinkedIn.

S02E02: Bridget Totterman is Chief Operating Officer of the White Retail – White Medical Group leading and overseeing the management of seven pharmacies, eight medical practices and the support office at White Retail Group. She is the business owner of an additional four pharmacies: TerryWhite Chemmart Toowong; TerryWhite Chemmart Toombul; TerryWhite Chemmart Canelands Mackay and TerryWhite Chemmart Mackay 2.

Bridget was appointed Clinical Fellow of Queensland University of Technology in 2018 and is a member of the Course Advisory Group for QUT Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons.). She sits on the Queensland Branch Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Bridget has completed courses in Integrative Medicine for Pharmacists; Successful Negotiations; Human Resources and has an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama and successfully completed the Company Directors Course by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

You can find Bridget Totterman at White Retail.

S02E01: Anthony Tassone is a community pharmacist and has been a proprietor of community pharmacies since 2006 in outer south eastern Melbourne.  He has been the Victorian Branch President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia since 2013.

His pharmacies have been recognised for community engagement and customer service excellence on multiple occasions at both a State and National level.  Over the past decade, Anthony has served on a range of advisory boards for multi-national pharmaceutical companies, and had advisory roles with State and Federal governments.  Anthony is currently a Director of the National Return of Unwanted Medicines Board.

In 2019, Anthony was the recipient of the Holt Australia Day Award recognising his contribution to health promotion, primary healthcare and volunteerism in the community.

You can find Anthony Tassone on LinkedIn.

S01E10: March has been a month of celebrating the achievements of women internationally. As we approach the end of the month, let’s not forget it is not just a day or a month to celebrate and recognise women. It is an ongoing campaign to help women around the world to be heard, understood, empowered and supported. The global UN Women theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. This is a timely reminder of how important it is to celebrate women in pharmacy leadership roles. 

Today, we are very fortunate to have a great female leader in pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Fellow, Joyce McSwan join our show and share with us her journey as a pharmacy leader. Joyce is a multi-award winning clinical consultant pharmacist and educator within the field of pain management. She is the Clinical Director of the Gold Coast Primary Health Network ‘Turning Pain into Gain’ program and Managing Director of PainWISE. Before we hear from Joyce, I want to wish you a safe and happy Easter holiday. Thank you so much for your support in the past 9 episodes we are going to take a break for 4 weeks before we continue our journey sharing the stories of innovators in the Australian pharmacy industry. Please take time to listen and take notes from our past episodes to receive invaluable insights from our amazing guests.

You can find Joyce McSwan on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E09: Regina Cowie is the national health care service manager at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) - for brands such as Priceline Pharmacy, Pharmacist Advice and Soul Pattinson Chemist - one of the leading health care and beauty companies in Australia that is involved in pharmaceutical distribution, retailing and manufacturing.

In this episode, Regina shares her experience exploring the opportunities throughout Australia. Her experiences encompass various suburban, city and remote settings, including rural and remote support in Darwin, Northern Territory. She also shares her insights and offers her advice to empower all students and pharmacists alike to establish a successful pharmacy career.

You can find Regina Cowie on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E08: Thank you so much for all your feedback from the last episode where we interviewed Debbie Rigby, PSA Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 Recipient. If you missed it, don’t forget to listen to it. This week, we are excited to invite the 2021 President of the Victorian Pharmacy Student Association (VPSA) to share her journey as a student leader and what she has gained from stepping out of her comfort zone.

Mahek Shah is a passionate 3rd year Monash Pharmacy student. Alongside her leadership role, she sits on the PSA Early Career Pharmacist working group, a position in which she can contribute to her future Pharmacy career. She values a balance between work life, academia, and leadership commitments.

Being brought up in Kenya, it was difficult to look past the hardships faced by others with access to healthcare. This has shaped her vision to work alongside organisations such as MSF or the WHO as a Pharmacist.

You can find Mahek Shah on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E07: Debbie Rigby is an Advanced Practice Pharmacist with postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy, geriatrics, and respiratory medicine. Debbie is a past Director of NPS MedicineWise, past National Vice-President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and a member of Lung Foundation Australia COPD Advisory Committee. Debbie is a fellow of PSA, SHPA, ACP, Australia Institute of Company Directors AICD, Lifetime Fellow of American Society of Consultant Pharmacy, and the finalist for inaugural women in the spotlight award at the Texas ASCP conference.

Debbie currently conducts Home Medicine Reviews and provides medicines education to pharmacists, nurses, GPs, and other health professionals through her company Pharmeducation. For her passion and commitment to the pharmacy profession and quality use of medicines, Debbie has received numerous awards including PSA Pharmacist of the Year, the inaugural AACP Consultant Pharmacist of the Year, PSA Gold Medal award, SHPA Clinical Pharmacy Award, and the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can find Debbie Rigby on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E06: Are you interested in pharmacy ownership, or are you interested but scared and don't know how to prepare and get into pharmacy ownership? This is the perfect episode for you.

Join me to chat to 2020 Pharmacy of the Year owner Rebecca Young and learn more about her journey as a successful pharmacy owner.

Rebecca is an experienced community pharmacist with a passion for providing a whole range of Health Solutions. Rebecca is an invested business owner and manager of Capital Chemist Chisholm. In 2018 and 2019 Rebecca won Capital Chemist's Pharmacy of the Year and in 2020 Capital Chemist Chisholm was named the Guild Pharmacy of the Year.

You can find Rebecca Young on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E05: Joey Calandra is a PSA member and the former Director of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement at PSA and current Innovation leader. His experiences span Academia, Community Pharmacy, Organisation management and Industry. He has also worked as a pharmacist both in Australia and overseas.

Joey has successfully transposed his pharmacy skills into many areas. Currently, he is a management professional with extensive experience in business strategy, partnership development and innovation. He enables organisations to build growth through his ability to uncover new collaborative opportunities and identify trends which are pivotal to business development.

You can find Joey Calandra on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E04: Elise Apolloni is a community pharmacist and pharmacy owner, credentialed diabetes educator, asthma educator and mental health first aid instructor. She is a PSA and Guild branch committee member, ACT Practitioner Member at Pharmacy Board of Australia and a passionate advocate for the role of pharmacists in the Australian health system.

Elise became a partner in two pharmacies when she was 25 years old, she has had a steep and exciting learning experience of pharmacy ownership, leadership and management. Her pharmacy, Capital Chemist Wanniassa, has received a number of industry and business awards for their innovative health service approach to health care. Elise also is a Mum of one little human, 3 chickens, 1 dog, and has a very supportive pharmacist husband who joins her on this crazy ride called life!

You can find Elise Apolloni on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

​S01E03: In keeping with the theme of NAIDOC Week 2020 in celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, we are pleased to launch the next episode in the Your Pharmacy Career Podcast with Faye McMillan, the first Indigenous Pharmacist and 2019 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Associate Professor Faye McMillan is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from Trangie, NSW. In 2001 Faye was the first Indigenous Pharmacist to become a registered pharmacist in Australia. Faye is the 2019 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the year, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity and a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA).

Faye works at Charles Sturt University as the Director of the Djirruwang Program - Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health), a program dedicated solely to the education of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander people for the Mental Health Workforce.

You can find A/Prof Faye McMillan on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E02: Shefali Parekh grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Australia in 2014. During her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree she was elected as National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association (NAPSA) president in 2017. After graduating from Griffith University and completing her internship at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Shefali is now employed as a Pharmacist at both Alfred Health and Austin Health.

Shefali is passionate about helping people. She firmly believes in giving back both to her peers and also the broader pharmacy community. She understands the power of relationships and networking which she developed whilst leading the largest group of pharmacy students in Australia.​

You can find Shefali Parekh on LinkedIn or Twitter or read the transcript of this episode.

S01E01: Karen Brown is an innovative, multi-award-winning pharmacy owner, pharmacist and entrepreneur. She is the Owner and Pharmacist of the industry-leading TerryWhite Chemmart Samford since 2008 and TerryWhite Chemmart Arana Hills since 2018.

In 2018, she co-founded the Innovative Pharmacy Group and also was separately awarded the prestigious TerryWhite Chemmart Pharmacist of the Year for her dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of her community and her Samford pharmacy won the National TerryWhite Chemmart Pharmacy of the Year. Karen is a member of the TerryWhite Chemmart Advisory Group and has been a 3-time finalist for the Rhonda White Leadership Award.

You can find Karen Brown on LinkedIn or read the transcript of this episode.​