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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 early 2021 we have the following interviews to share with you to complete Season 1:

  • Rebecca Young - Community Pharmacist | Invested Business Owner and Manager | Enthusiastic Committee Member for Healthcare | Industry Leader

  • Debbie Rigby - Advanced Practice Pharmacist | PSA Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 Recipient

  • Mahek Shah - 2021 President of the Victorian Pharmacy Student Association (VPSA)

  • Regina Cowie - National Health Services Manager at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API)

  • Joyce McSwan - Clinical Director of GCPHN Persistent Pain Program | Managing Director of PainWISE

We are launching Season 2 with:

  • Anthony Tassone - Victorian Branch President at Pharmacy Guild of Australia

  • Ethan Kreutzer - President for the 2020/21 NAPSA term | Pharmacy Intern at Alfred Health

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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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.​