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ignite Pharmacist Leadership
Program kicks o at a gallop
By Laura Wilson
The first of two workshops for the ignite Pharmacist Leadership Program was
conducted at Yarra Glen and Melbourne on May 3 and 4. ignite was developed
to meet an ongoing need of early career pharmacist members with regard to
leadership and career development. The ignite program aims to develop high
performing early career pharmacists into future leaders who drive strategy,
change and innovation.
Day 1 of the workshop involved experiential
learning with horses. All participants found
this to be a challenging and rewarding
experience which taught many practical
lessons about the critical role of non-verbal
communication in leadership. Day 2
included practical and thought provoking
activities as well input from motivational
speakers with varying leadership roles.
The response from participants so far
has been overwhelmingly positive.
One participant noted: 'I want to thank the
PSA for the opportunity to participate in the
ignite program. I had expected to get a lot
out of the workshop, but it far exceeded my
expectations. It was also great to meet other
pharmacists, who are as enthusiastic about
the profession as I am, and to share our
experiences and learn from each other. I am
looking forward to our next workshop.'
Spotlight on an ignite
Paul Buise is a 31-year-old early career
pharmacist who was registered in 2010.
After five years as an Army reservist, Paul
discharged and started a Bachelor of
Pharmacy at Curtin University. Paul was
attracted to pharmacy because of the
flexibility of roles and a passion for health
and working with people.
During a NAPSA conference, the Australian
Defence Force (ADF) presented to students
about a scholarship program. Paul thought
the match was ideal as the ADF would allow
him to continue to develop a foundation
in core skills including leadership, logistics
and managing staff, while university would
teach him the essential clinical skills. At the
conclusion of his degree Paul served as a
special service officer with the ADF as a
In his fourth year at university Paul
completed a rural placement at Pharmacy
149 in Geraldton, WA and loved the rural
environment and lifestyle as well as the close
Laura Wilson is a Project Manager of
Professional Practice based at the PSA
NSW Office in Sydney
relationships he developed with customers.
At the end of his three year contract with the
ADF, Paul was offered a junior partnership in the
pharmacy and has been working there since
then. Paul was also the national president of
NAPSA, which allowed him to develop skills in
leadership, politics, financial management and
working with a range of professional bodies.
I asked Paul what he thought of the program.
Why did you apply to the ignite
I always had a positive attitude towards personal
development. The army encourages continual
training, and ongoing development and
understanding of strengths and weaknesses.
The ignite program appealed to me because of
this, as well as giving me the opportunity to stay
in touch with the industry, as it can be isolating
working in rural community pharmacy.
What was the key thing you learnt?
The experience with the horses was amazing
and allowed us all to be introspective about
our behaviour. In pharmacy sometimes we
don't fully understand the positive impact our
behaviour has on staff and customers. We need
to give ourselves more credit for our influence
and ability to lead people positively. It was great
to get out of our comfort zone and realise you
are capable of things you never thought you
would be. I'm also a practical person and so I
enjoyed the practical components of both days.
There were a lot of hands on experiences which
allowed us to put theory into practice.
What are you hoping to get out of the
More of the same! I hope there are more
practical elements introduced so I can continue
to develop new skills which translate to the
workplace. The opportunities for networking
with other like-minded pharmacists are also
very important to me. I have already made many
friends and connections through the program.
It was a great couple of days and I am looking
forward to the next workshop.
Why do you think the ignite program is
It gives early career pharmacists a fantastic
opportunity for networking as well as learning
more about the profession and our professional
bodies like PSA. It is a structured pathway for
building career skills in a new area -- leadership.
I think this helps to counteract some of the
doom and gloom about the industry through
increased confidence, by giving early career
pharmacists the tools to go above and beyond
what they thought possible.
EARLY CAREER PHARMACIST FOCUS
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