Port Augusta pharmacy assistant to represent South Australia

Pharmacy assistant Laura Mckinlay from Crossroads Pharmacy Port Augusta, South Australia wins state finals of the 2018 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY).

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

Judges picked Ms Mckinlay from 19 other state finalists at the South Australia workshop where each participant demonstrated their pharmacy knowledge and showcased their skills in customer service and leadership.

Ms Mckinlay was delighted to be selected as the South Australia winner.

“I’m really excited for the next step but also very nervous. It was such a great day with some really amazing people,” she said.

The South Australia winner of the Glucojel Super Star Award was also announced at the workshop.

“I would like to acknowledge Megan Hulbert from United Chemist Marion Domain for being granted this award for outstanding customer service skills in community pharmacy,” Pharmacy Guild Training Manager and national PATY judge Deborah Scholz said.

Award sponsor AFT Pharmaceuticals General Manager (Aust) Calvin MacKenzie says the company is extremely pleased to be the major sponsor of PATY and supports the successful futures of pharmacy assistants.

Ms Scholz says this prestigious award acknowledges and celebrates the important contribution pharmacy assistants make to community pharmacy.

“PATY 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,” she said. This commitment encourages others to strive for success and actively contribute to the community pharmacy industry.”

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