Plastic bag ban – will it affect you?

The Queensland Government will enforce a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags on from 1 July 2018.

This ban will affect all retailers – that currently use light-weight plastic bags (under 35 microns thick), including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable, and degradable bags. Click here ( to find out which plastic bags will be banned.

The National Retail Association has developed a website (hyperlink to: to support businesses understand and prepare for the plastic bag ban.  There are factsheets (link to: resources (link to: and templates (link to: available to prepare your pharmacy, and educate your customers about the ban.

Podcasts for Pharmacy

With the average Australian spending around 4.56 hours commuting each week*, it’s no surprise that we’re listening to podcasts more and more as our source of entertainment.  Finding a podcast that is both entertaining and educational can sometimes be a struggle… but we’ve found a website that’s done all the hard work for you! Check out – they’ve got 5 podcasts that are perfect for pharmacists! Happy listening!

*AMP/NATSEM Race against time report, 2011

What to expect in your intern year, Caroline Hildred

Interviews with real Guild interns about their experiences with the Guild ITP

Caroline Hildred, current Guild Intern, QLD

What was it that made you enrol in the Guild ITP?

The offer of APP registration was one reason – and with less people enrolling in the Guild program I knew I was going to have a greater chance at one on one sessions with tutors and more tailored learning. The Guild also offered a varied program that appeared to cover all areas in regards to preparation for my final exams.

What has been the best part of the program?

The best part of the program was the registration to APP2017. This gave me the opportunity to interact and build relationships with not only pharmacists but company representatives and other Guild interns. APP2017 also offered access to seminars to further my knowledge and bring back ideas to help increases productivity and services in my current pharmacy.

Do you feel adequately prepared for your upcoming examinations?

The workshops and assignments covered all aspects of both the written and oral exams. The workshops, being as small and intimate as they were up in Townsville, allowed us one on one time with the tutor and excess time to individually work through all examples. I felt very comfortable heading into my written exam with the resources that were provided through the Guild Intern Training Program.

How has the level of support from our tutors been throughout the program?

The support from my tutors went above and beyond. I actually broke my arm several weeks prior to the July sitting of the written exam. The amount of support I received in deferring my assessments and applying for special consideration was amazing. My tutor, Kate was outstanding in helping me through the difficult time. She was always available for calls and emails and gave me the best suggestions that made the difficult time in my intern year much easier.

Would you recommend the Guild ITP?

Absolutely! This program has helped mould me to be a better person and pharmacist. It has provided mountains of resources and extensive support from the ITP team. The overall design of the program with the workshops and assignments provided the best base knowledge I could have hoped for.

Online graduate applications for provisional registration open soon

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will soon be calling for final-year pharmacy students to apply for registration online.

Pharmacy students on the Student Register who will complete their approved program of study by the end of 2017 will be sent an email inviting them to apply online for provisional registration four to six weeks before finishing their course and after Monday 9 October.

Students are encouraged to read the information on AHPRA’s website under Graduate applications. Certain applicants will also need to apply for an international criminal history check.

The Board’s video for graduates on our Internships webpage explains what they need to do to be granted provisional registration and what they need to do to stay registered, including the ongoing obligations of a registered pharmacist.

Once provisional registration is obtained, a registrant (intern) must meet the Board’s registration standards. The Registration standard: Supervised practice arrangements also outlines that interns must have their supervised practice approved by the Board before they start their supervised practice. Interns can start supervised practice as soon as their name and their supervised practice details are published on the national register.

The Guild is searching for Australia’s Best Intern Pharmacist

Nominations are now open for the MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year Award, 2017. The winning intern will receive a travel and educational scholarship to the value of $4,500 courtesy of MIMS Australia.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia, National Intern Training Program Manager, Tim Roberts said the competition is an excellent opportunity to recognise a Guild Intern who has gone above and beyond.

“A pharmacist’s intern year is crucial to their future development in the industry. While it’s a compulsory part of the registration process, the internship should be perceived as an opportunity for young pharmacists to build a strong foundation for their professional career.

“The MIMS / Guild Intern of Year Award aims to celebrate an intern who has proactively sought to implement positive change to their pharmacy and in the process has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the core judging criteria.

“Intern candidates can be nominated by their supervising preceptor, employer, pharmacist or colleague, Guild ITP clinical tutor or they can nominate themselves”, he said.

This is the fourth year The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has partnering with MIMS Australia for the award.

Dinah Graham, Business Development Manager, Primary Care – MIMS Australia said MIMS is pleased to continue their relationship with the Guild and their interns.

“The past winners have shown outstanding leadership skills and I look forward to another exciting year of nominations.
“Being able to reward excellence in young innovative people is extremely exciting for the whole team at MIMS,” Ms Graham said.

To nominate for the Guild Intern of the Year Award, visit or email for more information.

What to expect in your intern year with Morgan Kennedy

Interviews with real Guild interns about their experiences with the Guild ITP

Morgan Kennedy – MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year 2016

What have you been up to since you won the MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year 2016?
I have been working at Capital Chemist Wanniassa and it has been a whirlwind of a year. Our team have continued to win multiple awards and are always looking to implement new and exciting projects.

If you’ve spent your $4,000 travel and education scholarship – what did you spend it on? If not – what plans do you have for the money?
I have spent a small amount of the money on some education courses such as a wound care course. However I plan on spending most of the money on conferences to keep me up to date. Conferences, such as APP are such a great way to learn and network; however they can be quite expensive. The scholarship will allow me to attend conferences without having to worry about the cost, so I can enjoy myself and keep up to date with all that’s going on in the pharmacy world.

What is it that you love about being a pharmacist?

I love the customers and the teams you get to work with. Helping to put a smile on someone’s face that is not feeling well or has someone unwell at home, really makes your job worthwhile. The relationships that you build with customers are lovely and if you’re lucky enough to work with an amazing team like I have, it makes coming to work every day really easy.

How would you say the Guild ITP prepared you for your career post registration?
The Guild Intern Training Program had such a great mix of clinical and practical knowledge. This knowledge has helped me to deal with everyday situations to complex, unusual situations in the pharmacy. I really feel that the broad range of assessment and activities at the workshops have prepared me well to be a competent pharmacist.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about nominating an intern – or self-nominating for the MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year 2017?
If you are thinking of nominating then do it!! Being nominated and reflecting on what a whirlwind your intern year is, is rewarding. It will make you realise just how much effort and hard work you have put into your intern year. It isn’t very often that you get to reflect on how much you have achieved. It is very humbling and motivating to be nominated for the award by a colleague and certainly makes you feel valued in the work you do.

How has winning the competition helped you personally or professionally?

Winning MIMS/Guild intern of the year has been such an amazing experience. To have this award on your resume is very desirable. The opportunities and adventures it has opened up for me have been amazing.


Smoking remains the single greatest preventable cause of death and disability in Australia and despite the steady decline in smoking rates since the early 1970s, three million Australians (nearly 16 per cent of the national adult population) continue to smoke tobacco.

Lung Foundation Australia’s QUIT4October initiative is a month-long smoking cessation program which aims to help people quit smoking, with the help of their healthcare professional. Research shows people who achieve being smoke-free over one month are at least five times more likely to quit for good.

The QUIT4October campaign encourages smokers to get on board and discuss a personalised smoking cessation program with their health professional.

For community pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, it is important to start the quit conversation and advise anyone who smokes to quit in a clear, personalised non-confrontational way. Best-practice treatment for smoking cessation is using a combination of behavioural counselling and pharmacotherapy:

Behavioural counselling motivates the individual by educating them on practical quitting skills and providing ongoing support

Pharmacotherapy eases the physical discomfort of nicotine withdrawal and reduces cravings and is recommended for all nicotine-dependent smokers who are ready to quit

This best-practice treatment produces quit rates of 22–32 per cent varying on the intensity of treatment compared with 3–5 per cent quit rate for an unaided quit attempt.

For more information and to learn how you can implement smoking cessation health promotions in your pharmacy, visit:

What to expect in your intern year

Interviews with real Guild interns about their experiences with the Guild ITP

Katarina Crouch, current Guild Intern, QLD

What was it that made you enrol in the Guild ITP?

I enrolled in the Guild ITP as I was familiar with the clinical tutors – having met them previously at student networking events like APP, NAPSA congress and the Griffith Career Nights. The Guild also had a competitive price, great free resources (eTG, eMIMS) and included a full registration to APP. I knew by choosing this program I would be getting the most up to date information with the Guild at the forefront of changes within the industry and government.

What has been the best part of the program?

The best part of my intern year has been APP and the face-to-face workshops. Both gave me a great deal of information on contemporary issues taking place in our field and how to effectively manage them. APP was a great way to start my CPD and was an excellent way to network with fellow pharmacists and other health professionals. The workshops allowed me to transfer the knowledge I had gained in my workplace into scenarios for exam practice.

Do you feel adequately prepared for your upcoming examinations?

I have been given all the tools to prepare, including practice exams and scenarios. Each section is clearly explained and strategies were provided to help us get through each of the scenarios. I personally never feel prepared enough for exams but I have been given every resource needed.

How has the level of support from our tutors been throughout the program?

The support that was given throughout the program was extremely high. Whenever I had a question or a query I couldn’t find resources or an answer to, I would send the tutors an email and get a response that day or the following. Each answer was thoroughly researched and related to the state in which I practiced (both NSW and QLD). The tutors are extremely accommodating and allowed me to reschedule a workshop date due to a family commitment. All the work and effort they put into the workshops was extremely appreciated, and they have helped immensely with preparations for my exams and for the world after the intern year.

Would you recommend the Guild ITP?

Yes, I would! The program has a competitive price, a manageable workload and covers up to date clinical knowledge that is based on current issues. The clinical tutors are readily available and easy to access and I liked that you can choose the program length of either six or nine months. Plus all the free resources and the full APP registration.

To learn more about the Guild ITP or to enrol, visit or speak to one of our tutors or call 1300 110 161

Enrolments in the Guild Intern Training Program are now open!

Pharmacy students preparing for graduation can now enrol in the Pharmacy Guild of Australia 2018 National Intern Training Program.

The Guild Intern Training Program offers challenging clinical content, work ready outcomes, ongoing exam support and free access to industry events including APP on the Gold Coast and Pharmacy Connect in Sydney.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Intern Training Program Manager, Tim Roberts said that the program prepares interns for their future in pharmacy by providing the skills necessary to succeed in the industry.

“Our course content focuses on the application of clinical skills – while also preparing interns for real world scenarios.

“Guild interns enter the workforce ready to provide effective primary healthcare and efficient delivery of medicines, medication management and quality health outcomes,” he said.

Mr Roberts said that interns benefit from the Guild’s resources and knowledge of professional programs developed under the 6CPA.
“Having access to professional practice programs helps reinforce theoretical knowledge and allows interns to be exposed to the expanding roles available to pharmacists.

“The program’s two face-to-face workshops help to facilitate the application of this knowledge and aid interns in preparing for their final examinations,” he said.
Guild Interns also benefit from ongoing support from clinical tutors throughout their intern year.

Enrolments in the Guild ITP are now open across all states and territories in Australia. To enrol in the program, visit, or to learn more email or call 1300 110 161 to speak with a tutor.

Isle Pharmacy is one of the finalists in the National Student Business Plan Competition

By Monique Scott, Caitlan O’Keefe, Madeline Spencer & Alison Hay

Who is behind Isle Pharmacy?

The Isle Pharmacy is managed by four dedicated and enthusiastic female pharmacists, each delivering the VisualEyes Program:

Monique is our Pharmacy Manager. Monique’s management and interpersonal skills ensure the pharmacy as a whole is running smoothly. When Monique isn’t completing her managerial responsibilities she develops her interests in wound care and mental health. Accordingly, Monique is now a Mental Health First-Aid Accredited Pharmacist and assists these patients when necessary.

Caitlan is our Pharmacist-in-Charge. By using her eye for detail and leadership skills, Caitlan focuses on the smooth operation of the dispensary. She uses her communication skills to promote independence in medication management. Caitlan is passionate about education and enjoys increasing the knowledge of staff members. Caitlan also conducts Home Medicine Reviews and Residential Medication Management Reviews.

Maddie is our VisualEyes Program Co-ordinator. She used her perseverance and exceptional organisational skills to develop this program and enjoys watching it flourish including the arrangement of the Eye Feel Better Now Group Sessions. Prior to the initiation of the VisualEyes Program, following her passion in optimal asthma management, Maddie undertook additional training to become our Accrediated Asthma Educator.

Alison is our expert in marketing and finance. She uses her creativity to ensure our services and VisualEyes Program are promoted to the public through various media options; particularly through radio to attract older demographics. Her strong mathematical skills ensure our financial position is profitable whilst delivering a high standard of patient care. Alison takes her passion for vision impairment home, where she volunteers raising Labradors to become Guide Dogs through Guide Dogs Tasmania.

What do we do?

At Isle Pharmacy, we aim to provide a personalised approach to medication management. We hope to enrich patients with the knowledge and understanding of their medication, helping them to maintain independence and enhance quality of life.

In addition to our exceptional Professional Services, Isle Pharmacy has initiated the VisualEyes Program – the only community pharmacy-based medication management program in Australia aimed at assisting patients with a vision impairment. From tactile identifiers on medicine packaging to audio recording of counselling, Isle Pharmacy can adapt the VisualEyes Program to suit anyone. We begin with a comprehensive medication review and based on the patient’s needs, provide individualised options to optimise how they manage their medication. With monthly consultations with their VisualEyes Pharmacist, each patient in the program is guided to achieve full independence of their medication management. Additionally, we have Eye Feel Better Now group sessions where members of the community can unite and learn about different visual conditions.

We at Isle Pharmacy strongly believe our VisualEyes Program and Eye Feel Better Now group sessions will improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of patients in our community suffering from vision impairment.

Where is Isle Pharmacy located?

We are an independent community pharmacy located in Lindisfarne, Tasmania. This suburb on the sunny, Eastern Shore of Hobart has the eldest population in Southern Tasmania.

With increasing age, there is decreasing vision. In Lindisfarne, 44% of residents are over the age of 55. Typically when patients reach this age, 95% experience some level of vision impairment. But, Isle Pharmacy is here to assist these patients! Our location considers the demographic of the local area where there is a high population need for services supporting the vision impaired.

Lindisfarne is also home to several large aged care facilities – ready to refer their patients! We offer 7 day trading, free on-site parking and complimentary deliveries, aiming to make everything as easy as possible for our customers.

Why choose Isle Pharmacy located?

We are a quality pharmacy that aspires to improve all patients’ health and wellbeing, but what makes us different from other pharmacies with a similar vision? By initiating the VisualEyes Program, Isle Pharmacy continues to take extra steps in promoting patient’s to gain full independence and understanding of their medication management. Through our delivery of Professional Services such as pharmacist-administered influenza vaccinations, iron, blood glucose, INR and cholesterol testing, and Home and Residential Medicine Reviews, as well as the VisualEyes Program we ensure that all patients’ needs are catered for and the concerns of patients with vision impairment are not left in the dark.

Contact us
For more information or enquiries
(Mon-Fri 8:30am–4:30pm)
Phone: 1300 110 161 Fax: 1300 110 819 Email:

Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch

132 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, QLD, 4000