Brianne Lowe from HealthSAVE Pharmacy Charlestown in New South Wales has been awarded the 2019 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/ Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year National Winner. Congratulations Brianne!
How do you feel being awarded the 2019 National Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award?
It’s so empowering! I can’t wait to get out there and meet everyone. It’s also really overwhelming because I met so many amazing pharmacy assistants who definitely deserve to be at the top of the ladder as well.
What was your reaction when they announced your name as the winner?
I felt not worthy. There were so many other amazing people up on the stage and I wish we could all win together. I’ve worked really hard over the past 16 years and it’s nice to see my hard work come to fruition.
How would you describe your PATY experience so far?
My PATY experience so far has been outstanding. It’s been the highlight of my career. I’ve met so many wonderful people and I can’t wait to spend the next 12 months doing it again.
What’s the best thing about the PATY Award?
The best thing about the PATY Award is getting to collaborate with like-minded pharmacy assistants who are just as enthusiastic as what I am.
What would you say to pharmacy assistants that are thinking of entering PATY?
If you’re thinking of applying for PATY, please take the plunge and do it. If you’re passionate about our industry, you want to get involved and you have something to say, please jump onto it. We’re all waiting to meet you. Get involved and don’t be scared. It’s so much fun and you won’t regret it!
What makes you stand out as Australia’s top pharmacy assistant?
I’m not sure what makes me stand out but I come to work every day trying to make a difference in each patient’s outcome and that’s what I work towards every day!
Why do you think pharmacy assistants are such an important part of healthcare?
Pharmacy assistants are such an integral part of our healthcare industry. We are on the frontline but we have so much to offer too. We really are a support system for that pharmacist. It’s about time pharmacy assistants are given that recognition and services of our own to help support the healthcare system.
What are you passionate about in pharmacy?
I’m passionate about pharmacy assistants’ professional development. There’s no reason why we can’t be out there doing immunisations, chronic wound care or pathology either for example. We just need the training and assistance from above to help us get there.
What do you love about dealing with customers on the daily?
I love dealing with customers and helping them reach a positive outcome. That’s what we’re there for – selling customers whole healthcare solutions. I feel really good going home knowing that I helped someone out.