McLaren Vale Pharmacy assistant Andrew Morgan has been recognised as South Australia’s pharmacy assistant of the year and will now travel to the national finals in the Gold Coast.
Mr Morgan was among 580 nominations nationwide and will represent his state at the 2016 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/GuildSuper Pharmacy Assitant of the Year Award (PATY).
Pharmacy Guild of Australia training manager and national PATY Judge Deborah Scholz said this year the award was celebrating 10 years and recognised the best pharmacy assistants in the country.
“The PATY Award was created to recognise pharmacy assistants who not only go the extra mile to help their customers but are also proactive in developing their careers,” she said.
“In doing so, they encourage others to strive for success and actively contribute to the community pharmacy industry.”
Judges picked Andrew Morgan ahead of 10 other state finalists at a recent state workshop where each participant had the chance to demonstrate their pharmacy knowledge and showcase their skills in customer service and leadership.
“Each candidate displayed a strong commitment to their work and the industry, which was a pleasure to see – it was a hard task to pick just one, but Andrew really shone,” Ms Scholz said.
Mr Morgan said it was an honour to be selected as the South Australia finalist.
“What an honour – although it hasn’t really settled in yet, I still feel like I might wake up at any moment,” he said.
GuildSuper general manager Teresa Mills said the organisation was pleased to be the major sponsor of the award and to support the successful futures of pharmacy assistants.
“Congratulations to Andrew Morgan for his achievement as the South Australia winner, I am sure he will represent McLaren Vale and South Australia with pride,” Ms Mills said.
Mr Morgan will find out if he’s the best in Australia at the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference on 28 October on the Gold Coast.
The national winner will take home more than $10,000 worth of cash, prizes and rewards.