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Pharmacy not about
BY ANDREW DANIELS
A career vision to build better pharmacies and not a lot of sleep helps PSA’s
newest Board member Taren Gill juggle multiple roles.
Taren works in three areas of pharmacy
– a s Deputy Director of Pharmacy at
Orange Hospital, a community pharmacist
at Blooms the Chemist Orange and is
a pharmacy lecturer at Charles Sturt
University supporting students at Orange
and Wagga Wagga. She is also has of two
children, Joravar, 4, and Gyaan, 2.
She told Australian Pharmacist:
'I don’t sleep a lot and I have a really
‘I will take this role and platform that I
have been provided to voice issues for
ECPs and devote the necessary time and
effort to fulfil this important position.
I’m excited to contribute and hopefully
represent other ECPs really well on all
the different broad areas of practice and
experience,’ she said.
Taren is forthright about the challenges
facing early career pharmacists.
‘I think some of us feel like we’re just
flipping burgers out the back just
checking scripts. That’s not why we went
to university for four years. We went to
uni to become health professionals!’
She is also well aware of the concerns
many ECPs have with low pay rates.
‘It’s ridiculous that pharmacist wages are
on the decline. The pharmacy industry
needs to look at this very seriously and
work together to improve the situation
as we may see fantastic pharmacists
retraining into other professions
because of it.’
Taren’s appointment has not gone
unnoticed outside pharmacy.
The National Student Leadership Forum
sent its congratulations, and recently
she received a letter from Dr Anthony
Pun OAM, Chair of the Multicultural
Communities Council of NSW
congratulating her on the appointment.
Dr Pun said: ‘ The public is indeed
dependent on your [pharmacists]
professionalism to ensuring proper and
safe usage of prescription medicine.
Furthermore, the consumers in
multicultural communities will also
benefit from your cultural understanding
and sensitivity of their needs.’
In the immediate future Taren was
looking forward to PSA16 so she
could connect face-to-face with some
younger pharmacists and ‘find out what
is really concerning them as a bit of a
platform going forward before the first
‘ Things that people have mentioned
to me in the past have been about the
mal-distribution of pharmacists across
Australia, urban areas having less
employment opportunities versus the
regional areas where I practice.’
She said that ‘avenues for ownership
for young pharmacists’ were definitely
an issue as opportunities seemed to be
limited for younger pharmacists.
‘I know that living regionally we have
some issues accessing CPD because of
the costs associated. I live in a town that
is four hours from Sydney airport but
I get no finding for that because our
PHARIA doesn’t meet the criteria to get
‘ There is a whole host of different
things that people have shared. People
also don’t feel job ready when they
have finished their year as an intern
when it comes to the weight of the
accountability that comes with being a
‘I believe that most pharmacists don’t
see their bachelor or undergraduate
degree or masters degree as the end of
‘ The luxury of being a millennial is that
we have choice but I think that the due
diligence we have around all that choice
is really doing our research to see what
we want to do next.
‘I would encourage young pharmacists
to locum. It is very easy to become a
registered pharmacist at where you
were the intern.
‘Sometimes that’s really great and meets
all you needs. But other opportunities
are to locum. I would encourage people
to try regional and rural areas because
I think it is quite professionally satisfying
and in a lot of cases you are not worried
about the competitors because they are
less in your face and you are just trying
to do the job that you want to do.’
PSA National President Joe Demarte
said Taren would make a wonderful
addition to PSA’s National Board as she
brought plenty of passion, enthusiasm
and experience to the organisation.
Her appointment is for 12 months. She
will also become Chair of the National
ECP Working Group.
I will take this role and
platform that I have been
provided to voice issues for
ECPs and devote the necessary
time and effort to fulfil this
– Taren Gill, PSA Board member
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