Stephanie Meiklejohn from Nhill Pharmacy in Victoria has been announced as the 2017 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.

Stephanie was chosen from over 630 nominations and awarded the title at the annual Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on the Gold Coast on Friday.

“I’m feeling very honoured to be chosen as the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year,” Ms Meiklejohn said.

“I’m really proud that I will be representing our town of Nhill, Victoria and our pharmacy as the 2017 Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.”

“The whole experience has been a huge confidence builder, I can’t wait to start on this exciting journey”, Ms Meiklejohn said.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia Group Executive Pharmacy Transformation Group and National Judge, Colm Maguire said this award reinforces the importance of pharmacy assistants in community pharmacy across Australia.

“The work of pharmacy assistants is integral in ensuring that community pharmacies are patient-focused health care providers and successful, community-minded small businesses,” Mr Maguire said.

“With over 350 million patient visits every year, pharmacy assistants are one of the biggest contributing factors to why pharmacies enjoy such high levels of public support and customer satisfaction.

Mr Maguire added that Stephanie demonstrated a wide breadth of knowledge, passion, and commitment to community pharmacy.

“Stephanie has displayed a strong commitment to her work and the pharmacy industry and her continued motivation to improve retail services and experiences was outstanding,” Mr Maguire said.

“On behalf of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, I would like to congratulate Stephanie for receiving the prestigious, 2017 National Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award,” Mr Maguire said.

General Manager (Aust) of award sponsor AFT Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, Calvin MacKenzie said that the organisation is proud to partner with The Guild to recognise and reward pharmacy assistants.

“Our company is committed to supporting and acknowledging the vital role pharmacy assistants play within community pharmacies,” Mr MacKenzie said.

“It’s inspiring to learn about the contributions of pharmacy assistants who are so dedicated, innovative and committed to making a real difference in their pharmacies by putting patients first.

“I commend all finalists for the achievements and important contributions that they have made to patients and the community pharmacy sector. Congratulations to Stephanie on the outstanding achievement of being named the National Winner,” Mr MacKenzie said.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award is the premier award for pharmacy assistants in Australia. Support from industry, sponsors and media partner, PostScript, is vital in ensuring that pharmacy assistants across Australia continue to be acknowledged, honoured and celebrated.

As the 2017 National Pharmacy Assistant of the Year, Stephanie will be awarded with over $10,000 in cash, prizes and rewards, an opportunity to write a monthly column in Postscript as well as other educational and networking opportunities throughout Australia.

Read more about Stephanie here.