Nominations for PATY close this week

Those who wish to self-nominate for The Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY) have until Friday 16 July to do so.

There is still a short amount of time left for eligible pharmacy assistants to nominate themselves says President of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Trent Twomey, who also emphasises how simple the process is.

“PATY is open to all Australian pharmacy assistants with a minimum of two years of industry experience,” he says.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with a great number of outstanding pharmacy assistants.

“If you’re eligible, take that last step and self-nominate or complete your submission!”

Mr Twomey also discusses the prizes being offered, as they are great incentive for eligible pharmacy assistants to enter.

“The national winner receives over $10,000 worth of prizes, including a trophy, a cash prize of $5000, a customised training package, and return flights, accommodation and registration to the Covid-safe Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP) and the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference in 2022.

“The top ten finalists in each state are invited to participate in state workshops, providing professional development opportunities for participants.”

Mr Twomey acknowledges the wonderful journey last year’s winner, Benjamin King has been on since winning.

“Last year saw Benjamin King from Alice Springs Pharmacy recognised as Australia’s outstanding pharmacy assistant.

“Ben had submitted a PATY nomination in a previous year but wasn’t one of the Northern Territory finalists. However, Ben nominated again in 2020, which saw him win the award nationally.”

Mr King comments on the PATY experience, encouraging others to enter, “What do you have to lose?” he says.

“Think on that. There’s nothing you can lose by giving it a go. On the other hand, there’s plenty to gain. I’ve met some lovely assistants from all over Australia, and I’ve got the pleasure of working with them for the next year.”

To self-nominate, please visit

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