Women in decision making roles: diversity on the agenda at APP

A commemorative panel session exploring the topic of diversity, made up of some of pharmacy’s best talent will be held on Saturday 5 May at APP2018. The Ann Dalton Address: From tokenism to leadership – women in decision making roles, will cover a broad range of topics such as; gender, ethnicity and sexuality.

The panel will also discuss how as an industry, we can ensure that boards and committees more equally represent the stakeholders they serve.

Facilitated by former Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Wendy Phillips, the panel includes:


  • Catherine Bronger, National Councillor, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
    Catherine Bronger is a community pharmacist with partnership in three pharmacies in Sydney, two of which focus heavily on the development and implementation of professional services such as immunisation, sleep apnoea diagnostic and equipment service, compounding, weight loss and diabetes education service. Catherine is also a member of the New South Wales Pharmacy Guild of Australia Branch Committee and the University of Technology’s Faculty of Health Industry Advisory Committee.  The PSA NSW Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2015, Catherine regularly mentors young pharmacy students.


  • Helen O’Byrne, National Councillor, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
    Helen O’Byrne has been a pharmacy owner in Tasmania for 20 years. She is a Compounding Pharmacist, Pharmacist Immuniser, Member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia and conducts Home Medicine Reviews. Helen has been a Branch Committee Member of the Pharmacy Guild’s Tasmania Branch for several years, and is now a National Councillor. She is passionate about keeping pharmacies viable and dynamic, making pharmacy led professional services financially rewarding, and encouraging diversity in pharmacy ownership and on industry boards.


  • Lucy Walker, Branch Committee Member, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, QLD Branch
    Lucy Walker is the owner and pharmacist of Lucy Walker Chemmart Pharmacy Goondiwindi, the overall winner of the Guild Pharmacy of the Year 2017 and 2017 Community Engagement Category winner. Lucy has been a pharmacist for 15 years, and is an accredited pharmacist conducting Home Medicine Reviews. Her background includes hospital pharmacy and academic detailing for Health Workforce Queensland.  Lucy loves rural pharmacy, particularly working with other health professionals to assist in the health of the community. She sits on the advisory board of Chemmart Pharmacy, and her store was State Winner of Chemmart Pharmacy of the Year (QLD) 2015.


  • Rhonda White, Managing Director, White Retail Group
    Rhonda White is co-founder of the Terry White Chemists Group, which in 2016 merged with the Chemmart pharmacy chain to create Australia’s largest retail pharmacy brand network. In 2011, Rhonda was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and was awarded a Doctor of the University by Griffith University. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to the pharmacy profession for her contributions to education and retail practices and as a role model for women in business, and last year was awarded Doctor of the University, Queensland University of Technology for recognition of her dedication to Pharmacy and the community.


APP will also host a women’s networking lunch on Thursday 3 May on Eastern Terrace 1 (entry via Kombi Café). Open to all day and full registrations, this is a great opportunity to meet other women in pharmacy and share your APP experience!

For program details and to take advantage of early bird pricing, visit www.appconference.com. APP2018 will run from 3-6 May at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland.

Women in decision making roles: diversity on the agenda at APP

A commemorative panel session exploring the topic of diversity, made up of some of pharmacy’s best talent will be held…