On Monday we celebrated World Pharmacist Day. It was a chance to say thank you to workers in Pharmacy across the Tasmanian Public Service.Their work helps Tasmanians recover and manage illness from their stay in hospital to when they’re back at home. Pharmacists help the public understand their medications better and make a real difference to Tasmanians’ health and lives.We took the opportunity to meet with some CPSU Pharmacy Members and ask what they loved about their job.
pharmacist – Resident
“My favourite part about working as a Pharmacist is educating people and giving them the skill set to take control of their own health when they go back home, from a medicines point of view. So many people who come into hospital don’t have a great understanding about the medicines they’re on or why they’re on them.”
Pharmacy Site Manager (south)
“For me, the best part about being in hospital pharmacy is being part of a broad multidisciplinary team. Each member of the team brings expert knowledge and a unique perspective to the needs of the patient. The focus is centred on the patient and ensuring they gain a holistic understanding of their health.”
Senior Specialist Pharmacist
“I enjoy interactions with patients and being part of a cohesive health team within THS that assists people with improved health outcomes.”
Statewide Clinical pharmacy manager
“My favourite part is working with the multidisciplinary team to improve the healthcare of all Tasmanians throughout the health system.“
Together CPSU Members in Pharmacy achieved some great improvements to their working conditions in the Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement, including:
- Professional Development Days increased
- Access to Preceptor Allowance
- Increase to Availability, On Call & Night Shift Allowance
There’s still work to do, together, in union.
Chris is the CPSU Delegate for Statewide Hospital Pharmacy.