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Changes could prove the right medicine

Monday, 2nd May, 2011

MOVING FORWARD: Pharmacists Alex Page and Con Peoples are looking forward to recruiting more staff. MOVING FORWARD: Pharmacists Alex Page and Con Peoples are looking forward to recruiting more staff.

By Gayle Hogan 

The Outback Pharmacy Group is on the hunt for more staff as it looks to extend its services and activities amid a changing and competitive industry.

Job seekers, pharmacy students and pharmacy graduates could be the big winners in the current restructure occurring in the Outback Pharmacy Group (OPG).

Human Resources Manager Alex Page said changes are being considered were about ensuring the locally owned and operated pharmacy group remains competitive.

The OPG - which encompasses Peoples Chemist, Tembys Pharmacy and the South Pharmacy - was keen to extend its focus on customer service and community involvement.

Already working closely with Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Broken Hill Department of Rural Health, the group has also been offering residential visits for medicine reviews and has held a number of community talks.

Mr Page said the pharmacy group was also committed to working with the University Department of Rural Health (UDRH). 

The commitment would see OPG pharmacies demonstrating to pharmacy students the challenging yet rewarding role that a community pharmacist plays in a rural area, as well as showing students other aspects of where a pharmacist may be able to assist their community.

"It will help us in improving our services to the community, and enhancing the education provided to early career pharmacists; in addition to ensuring a sustainable pool of pharmacists in the area," Mr Page said.

Already a strong supporter of local sporting clubs and community groups, Mr Page said the group was committed to Broken Hill.

The planned changes will commence with a re-fit of Peoples Chemist.

The Outback Pharmacy Group was established in 1984 after a group of individual pharmacies - that had been operating in Broken Hill since 1893 - collaborated.

Con Peoples was one of the co-founders in 1984 and is still involved with the group. 

"Broken Hill's been loyal to us, and we want to be loyal to them," Mr Peoples said.

A number of opportunities are available for trainees, qualified pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and recent university graduates to undertake their intern training with the group.

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