The search for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s next Pharmacy of the Year is now underway, with nominations opening today for the 2023 awards.

These awards are the benchmark for recognising excellence in the community pharmacy industry and aim to seek out highly motivated, innovative and adaptable pharmacy businesses that strive to provide the best and most innovative healthcare to support their community.

Last year, the awards showcased all that community pharmacies have done and continue to do during the challenging times that have defined 2021 and into 2022.

With record number of nominations received last year, the 2023 awards will continue the format from last year where members of the public, as well as those in the profession can nominate their favourite pharmacy.

The application process has been simplified making it easier and super quick to nominate your favourite pharmacy.  Simply apply online, answer a few questions and submit your nomination.

National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Trent Twomey said nominations could be made in three categories: Excellence in Business Management, Excellence in Community Engagement, and Excellence in Professional Innovation.

“These awards recognise the very best in the community pharmacy profession as it continues to innovate and develop new ways of helping to improve the health outcomes of the patients that community pharmacies serve,” he said.

“I encourage everyone to nominate their favourite community pharmacy, so they are in the running for this coveted award.”

The awards are sponsored by Care Pharmaceuticals, whose General Manager Jonathan Biddle said his company was proud to be involved in an event which celebrated excellence in the profession.

“Through this very worthwhile event, we are able to give back to that sector which is so much a part of our everyday business,” he said.

“It is also great to see some of the amazing things community pharmacists are doing every day, recognised and celebrated nationally.”

Australian Patients Association Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Mason, urged all Australians to participate in the Pharmacy of the Year Award and nominate their favourite community pharmacy

“Patients trust their community pharmacist and value their advice,” he said.

“Now is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the vital role that the community pharmacy plays by nominating your pharmacy now.”

Characteristics that can lead to being recognised as the Guild Pharmacy of the Year include:

  • Having set and achieved business goals
  • Demonstrating commitment to customers’ needs
  • Identifying and meeting gaps in addressing local health needs in their area
  • Implementing innovative ideas, and evaluating success
  • Having successfully collaborated and partnered to strengthen their health professional network
  • Demonstrating strong leadership that unifies the pharmacy team
  • Continually improving and growing their business

The category winners and overall winner of the Guild Pharmacy of the Year awards will be announced at the 2023 APP Conference, held on 23-26 March 2023 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Nominations close on 31st July.

Further information about these awards including the nomination form can be found at Pharmacy of the Year.

Contact: The Guild

Phone: 13GUILD