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The NAPSA executive, along with some
committee chairs and a few NAPSA
members, joined in to be a part of one
of the biggest conferences of the year
and network with pharmacy managers,
owners and entrepreneurs from
The conference's major focus was
Managing your business and Managing
your people. This message was certainly
broadcast to all the delegates at PBN.
The conference consisted of education
programs, an innovative range of
speakers, hands-on-practical workshops
and vast networking opportunities.
The conference kicked off with a warm
and friendly welcome from the Guild
President, George Tambassis, and the
high-quality presentations didn't stop
there. The key note speaker, Nigel Collin,
was joined by a panel where panelists
were able to express their opinions on
'everyday innovation' and it was great to
see NAPSA's past Vice President, Adam
Livori, sharing his thoughts. We were
also excited to see current NAPSA Vice
President, Lauren Haworth, on a panel
presenting her views on what community
pharmacy could look like in 2020.
Concurrent educational sessions were run
throughout Friday and Saturday outlining
'sustaining business management',
'the dark art of partnerships', 'how to
thrive in a customer-driven world', 'grow
what you know' and 'understanding your
team and how they tick' (presented by
Irene Hazilias) with what could have been
one of the most controversial sessions
for those belonging to generation Y.
The question being: Are those born in
generation Y harder to collaborate with in
a work environment.
Daniel Martin a presenter passionate
about technology, sales and marketing
presented his session 'Going social', and
NAPSA definitely went social over the
course of PBN with the amount of Tweets
for #pbn2014 going off the scale.
A welcome reception was held on Friday
night at the Tonic Bar, Crown, giving
delegates the opportunity to socialise
with one another. The winner of the Guild
ITP National Student Essay Competition
was also announced.
Congratulations to NAPSA member,
Jamie Pisani (Charles Sturt University,
Wagga Wagga), for winning a free Intern
Training Program in 2015 with the
Saturday morning marked the moment
everyone was waiting for; the Finals
of the National Student Business
Competition. Three teams; PrimeLink
Pharmacy (University of Canberra and
Charles Sturt University), Pharmcare
Pharmacy (La Trobe University) and
Complete Pharmacy Townsville
(Qld University of Technology), took five
minutes to showcase their innovative
ideas. There was some fierce competition,
with each team doing exceptionally
well. The judges had a tough decision on
their hands. But who won? Let's save it to
However, the inspiration of the
conference was Olympic and
Commonwealth Games champion
swimmer, Hayley Lewis. Hayley shared
her story of when she hung up her
goggles in 2011 and turned her passion
Business networking NAPSA
BY ELEANNA BALLIS
The National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA) turned
out in force at the Pharmacy Business Network conference in Melbourne.
into small business. She is a prime
example of 'when real people fall down
in life, they get right back up'. Hayley may
have kept failing with every business
she opened but she found the key to a
successful business -- a business plan.
This led to Hayley opening a successful
swim school in a shopping centre.
She then moved on to another successful
business, where she bought a gift store
in Brisbane. Hayley is still running this
successful business today, while enjoying
her role on the Network Ten reality show
The Biggest Loser.
Saturday ended with the 'no speaker'
frock up gala ball, where everyone looked
fabulous. Delegates once again socialised
and danced the night away.
The National Student Business
Competition winners were also
announced...Drum roll please...
PrimeLink Pharmacy. Congratulations to
Jamie Pisani (CSU), Jess Cahill (UC) and
Cyd Soriano (UC) for the win and we hope
you enjoy your $6,000 cheque.
NAPSA Students have taken away a
whole lot of new information, ideas and
motivation from PBN and are excited to
enter the industry as pharmacists.
Eleanna Ballis is the NAPSA Publications Chair.
ˆ Winners of the National Business Plan Competition
-- Cyd Soriani, Jessica Cahill and Jamie Pisani
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