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BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Chemmart Pharmacy has announced
the winner of its inaugural Chemmart
Pharmacy Retail Manager of the
Kirstie Rolls of McLaren Vale Chemmart
Pharmacy has been awarded the national
honour for her contribution to retail
innovation and excellence, and her
commitment to delivering wellbeing
solutions to the local community.
Ms Rolls said receiving the prestigeous
award is the pinnacle of her career so far
and has capped off a memorable decade
as Manager of the McLaren Vale store.
'Putting my submission together gave
me the opportunity to reflect on the
many memorable moments, events and
achievements that I have been a part of in
my ten years as Manager at McLaren Vale
Chemmart,' she said.
'Whilst this is an individual award, it
would have not been possible without
the support and dedication of our team,
whom I am very proud to lead. I thrive on
the satisfaction of being able to influence
the health and wellbeing outcomes of
my local community and have been
fortunate to work with a team that shares
'This year alone has involved a remarkable
team effort in relocating to new premises,
the grand opening of our new store, and
coordinating a number of successful
community-based events, all of which
have helped us to connect with, and
continue to be a valuable part of our
'I now want to use this award to inspire
my team. I want them to be proud of their
chosen profession and the difference
they make to many peoples' lives every
Ms Rolls is now off on an all expenses paid
trip to Singapore for the 2013 Chemmart
Member Conference where she will be
acknowledged in front of delegates and
will speak about how she approaches her
role as a successful Retail Manager.
Whooping cough vaccine
Curtin University researchers will develop
a new whooping cough vaccine which
promises to have fewer side effects, be
more effective than current vaccines and
will be delivered via a nasal spray.
Curtin's School of
and lead researcher
on the project, said
remained a serious and contagious,
In 2011, there were approximately
38,500 cases of whooping cough in
Australia but through an intensive
vaccination campaign, reported cases
dropped to approximately 26,000 in
2012. This number, however, is still too
high for a preventable infectious disease,
according to Associate Professor Mukkur.
'Whooping cough is an infection that
if passed on to vulnerable babies, can
be potentially fatal. Currently there is a
vaccine, but we are looking at improving
upon it to ensure it is more effective,
offers long-term protection and requires
less booster doses,' Associate Professor
'Initially the target population for this
vaccine will be adults, then adolescents
and then children. Five to nine year old
children and 10 to 14 year old adolescents
are the biggest carriers and potential
transmitters of infection to infants;
so that's where our focus is at present.
'The vaccine will hopefully be ready for
release in the community in about five to
eight years time."
Curtin has received $198,000 in funding
from the Telethon New Children's Hospital
Research Fund to support the research
over the next two years.
The project is in collaboration with The
University of Western Australia.
BioCeuticals head for CHC
BioCeuticals Managing Director, Kerry
Cunningham has been elected last to the
Board of Directors of The Complementary
Healthcare Council (CHC) of Australia.
Ms Cunningham said the appointment
was a strong reinforcement of the
importance of health practitioners in
'While complementary healthcare
is steadily growing in the
direct-to-consumer market, health
practitioners play a vital role in
complementary healthcare for their
patients,' Ms Cunningham said.
"BioCeuticals is Australia's leading
practitioner-only brand of nutritional and
therapeutic supplements. Our exceptional
manufacturing standards allow us
to provide high quality integrative
medicines to healthcare practitioners.
'My new role with the Complementary
Healthcare Council will allow health
practitioners to have a real voice
in the future of Integrative and
'At BioCeuticals we constantly aim to raise
the standards of natural-based therapies
through robust and innovative research.
'Complementary medicine is no longer on
the periphery of mainstream healthcare.
It is essential to the preventative health
goals of all Australians."
Ms Cunningham has more than 25 years'
experience in the natural products and
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