Young pharmacist’s winning vision
Wednesday, 17th September, 2014
By Emily Roberts
An Outback Pharmacies intern has won a national award and hopes to bring some of her winning ideas to the Broken Hill pharmacies.
Intern pharmacist, Cyd Soriano, in May this year entered the Pharmacy Guild's Student Business Plan Competition.
"This was before I had started my internship," Cyd said.
"I was part of a three-person team that had to develop a pharmacy business plan.
"The aim was to create ideas that had never been implemented."
Cyd said her team was one of 19 that entered the competition.
"We became finalists and found out over the weekend that we had won when we attended the conference in Melbourne," she said yesterday.
"It was really difficult to collaborate a plan because we all live in different places. We used Skype a lot."
She said their plan involved a community service initiative, based around a Port Macquarie pharmacy.
"We had a geriatric focus because Port Macquarie has the highest population of Australians over 65.
"It's a beach community so we were going to develop a centre right in front of the beach. People could come in for skin cancer screening and we will lend them an umbrella for the beach.
"It would have our logos on it so we could promote our services and provide shelter from the sun."
The plan also involved offering a subscription service with free Webster packing, online shopping and a Telehealth service.
"Australia has many regional communities. Using Skype to speak with a pharmacist is something no one has developed."
Cyd said some of these ideas could be used in Broken Hill.
"Port Macquarie is not that different to Broken Hill - except there is no beach.
"I've been having a chat with the partners about the programs we could implement."
Cyd's internship runs for 12 months and she hasn't thought about whether she would stay on afterwards.
"I'm from Adelaide - moving to Broken Hill was a bit of a sea change.
"I used to live on the beach but the community support and the small town feel is something you don't get in Adelaide.
"I miss my family, but I visit often."