Pharmacy Business Network delivers the goods


Pharmacy delegates from right across Australia and as far as New Zealand assembled at the National 
Convention Centre, Canberra for the first ever Pharmacy Business Network (PBN) that ran from 13-16

The PBN was developed to continue the legacy of former Guild National Councillor and pharmacy
advocate, the late Judy Liauw, by supporting the Guild’s vision to develop pharmacy owners and leaders of
the future. 

“I was touched and proud to be the first speaker of the Judy Liauw Foundation Address. The PBN is a
fitting forum to continue her legacy of developing our future pharmacy leaders,” said Jean Shannon of the
St. James Ethics Centre. 

The PBN took a practical approach to putting on an event with a unique focus on providing attendees with
interactive tools to improve business planning, management and profitability in their pharmacy.
In a positive learning environment the attendees mixed with a range of experts and networked with people
from all levels of the pharmacy industry. Pharmacists, Retail Managers, Pharmacy Students, Pharmacy
Assistants and CEOs all mingled in the open forum provided by the PBN.  

“The delegates attending the PBN have strongly endorsed our practical and interactive style as unique and
rewarding” PBN Chair, Patrick Reid said. 

The PBN also hosted the final presentations of the National Student Business Plan Competition with the
University of South Australia announced as the winner at the Gala Dinner on Saturday night. 

The encouraging atmosphere at the PBN and the “hands on” methods used in different sessions
throughout the event ensured that all delegates had real action plans to take back to their pharmacy. 

One delegate’s feedback form told the story: “World class presentations, apt and fast paced. Presenters
were highly informed and articulate. Significant issues addressed. Time well allocated, worth attending 100
per cent.”  

Highlights included presentations by the 2012 Pharmacy of the Year winners, how to deal with tricky
human resource issues, and the launch of the Guild’s new guidelines on reporting turnover to landlords.
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