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Kos calls time
President Kos Sclavos
will step down from
the position from
Mr Sclavos said
he had made his
decision in the best interests of the Guild
and its members.
‘ The timing will ensure a well organised
succession plan is executed before I leave
‘We are now at a stagein the Fifth
Community Pharmacy Agreement where
we have implemented the key programs.
As we approach the prospect of a Sixth
Agreement to be negotiated from next
year, I believe the time is right for me
– after eight years in the job – to take
part in an orderly transition to a new
PSA President Grant Kardachi said that Mr
Sclavos had made a huge contribution to
the pharmacy profession in Australia and
his untiring commitment to community
pharmacy was legendary.
‘Kos has never wavered from his
determination to seek what he believes is
best for community pharmacy.
‘He is credited with almost single-handedly
negotiating the Fifth Community Pharmacy
Agreement and as we head into the
negotiating phase for the next agreement
his work on the fifth agreement will set the
benchmark for negotiators seeking to build
on previous agreements.
‘He will be an enormous loss to our
profession,’ Mr Kardachi said.
Medicines Australia chief executive
Dr Brendan Shaw said, ‘Kos has made
a tremendous contribution to the
broader medicines sector. He has been a
consistently passionate and committed
advocate for community pharmacy and
for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Mr Sclavos, a Brisbane community
pharmacist and a former PSA Young
Pharmacist of the Year, has been the National
President of the Pharmacy Guild since
November 2005, and has been re-elected
to the position twice. He was first elected
Queensland Branch President in 1996.
In a national newsletter to Guild members
he said that some recent comments by a
retiring Senator resonated had with him.
‘His five points on the right time to step
down were to: make your contribution;
never believe you are indispensible; never
become bitter; go out while you are on
top; and never stay too long. I am heeding
‘We are now at a stage in the Fifth
Community Pharmacy Agreement where
we have almost implemented all of the
key programs. Community Pharmacy is
moving from an implementation phase
to a quality phase. Having now passed
the half-way point of this Agreement
the Guild is reaching out to members
and the industry to seek feedback on
this agreement and issues that the Guild
should focus on in the lead up to the Sixth
Agreement in 2015’.
Mr Sclavos said he would no longer serve
as a National Councillor for Queensland
after October, but would remain on the
Queensland Branch Committee.
Changing the guard
Jim Howard retired
at the end of March
after 16 years in the
job. His successor is
who takes on the role
Since becoming MD in 1996 Jim Howard
has been responsible for overseeing many
company milestones, including:
• securing the right of National
Pharmacies to trade in other states and
consequently expanding into VIC, NSW
• developing the number of optical
stores from three to 22
• expanding the number of pharmacies
nationally from 31 to 55.
Many of the pharmacies grew from
five-and-a-half day pharmacies to seven
days, 12 hours a day.
Tony Wojciechowski has more than
30 years’ experience in the retail
industry, a decade of that with
Tony aims to continue building
member value, specifically with new
programs such as Members Only Hot
Offers. He wants to continue National
Pharmacies’ practice of giving back to
members, but also to the community.
However, Jim Howard is not going far
from the pharmacy industry when he
departs National Pharmacies’ head office.
He will continue as president of the
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