The Pharmacy Guild has appointed Gerard Benedet as its new Queensland Branch Director.
The Guild says the “experienced and dedicated executive” has extensive knowledge of both the public and private sectors, with his background including senior positions in Queensland state politics.
Having worked at the National Rugby League, News Corporation and Careers Australia Group, and as chief of staff to a state treasurer, Mr Benedet’s strategic leadership and advocacy skills are described as welcome addition to the Guild in Queensland.
He was also the founding national director of the not-for-profit conservative activist organisation Advance Australia.
“We’re delighted to have recruited such an experienced and driven person to fill this important role in our Branch,” Guild Queensland Branch President Trent Twomey said. “We’re confident Gerard will be a committed advocate and Branch administrator on behalf of Queensland community pharmacies, helping us to deliver the best possible health services to patients in all parts of the state.”
Mr Benedet said: “I’m thrilled to join such an important organisation with so many wonderful and talented members and staff. I wish to thank the Guild and President Twomey for this unique opportunity to make a difference.
“Community pharmacy is 100 per cent local, providing a direct link between good health and the lives of millions of Queenslanders.
“Community pharmacists stand ready and willing to do more and provide an expanded service offering to all Queenslanders. The successful introduction of the vaccination program in pharmacies across Queensland was just the first step towards improved, affordable and better access to health care.
“I look forward to using my strategic skills and consultative leadership approach to advocate for our members and ensure that pharmacies across Queensland continue their positive contribution to our world-class health care system.”
Mr Twomey and Mr Benedet paid tribute to the outgoing branch director, Robyn Ede, saying she was leaving an “indelible legacy” following her 25 years of “dedicated service” to the Guild.
Mr Benedet will begin his new role on Monday (October 28).