PATY ACT winner: Calwell PA

Pharmacy assistant Rebecca Porter from Capital Chemist Calwell is the ACT winner of the 2018 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year (PATY) Award and will compete at the national finals.

The judges picked Ms Porter from eight other finalists at the ACT training workshop this week, where each participant demonstrated their pharmacy knowledge and showcased their skills in customer service and leadership.

“I was completely surprised to be the winner,” Ms Porter said. “There were so many amazing nominees there that do a great job.

“I was really there just for the training itself as I’m keen to get more training wherever I can get it, and to actually get the award was really nice.”

The ACT winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award was also announced at the workshop: Jessica Lind, also from Capital Chemist Calwell. Pharmacy Guild Training Manager and national PATY judge Deborah Scholz said the award was granted to Ms Lind for outstanding customer service skills in community pharmacy.

Now in its 12th year, PATY is the promoted as the premier award for Australian pharmacy assistants, recognising and celebrating the best of the best in community pharmacy.

Award sponsor AFT Pharmaceuticals General Manager (Australia) Calvin MacKenzie said: “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.”

Ms Porter will represent the ACT at the national finals to be held at the 2018 Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on October 26 on the Gold Coast. The national winner will receive more than $10,000 in cash, prizes and rewards.

Ms Lind will be in the running for the Glucojel Super Star national title, also awarded at the conference.

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