National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association

4.Developing Leaders and Owners in Pharmacy (DLOP)

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is dedicated to developing new leaders in pharmacy and empowering these leaders with the skills, information and professional networks needed to be leaders in the primary health care system and owners of community pharmacies.

The pace of change in health care is rapid, but perhaps no sector is experiencing evolution as quickly as the field of community pharmacy. The future success of community pharmacy is contingent upon responsible succession planning by today’s pharmacy leaders for the cohort of aspiring pharmacy owners and potential leaders.

Unfortunately, even the best health care practitioners are rarely prepared for the challenges of moving into leadership, and many pharmacy leaders today do not have the tools and resources they need to adequately address these demands. Both the development for the pipeline of leaders in pharmacy and adequately equipping the current cadre of managers, aspiring owners and leaders are critical to the greater mission of ensuring the ongoing success of community pharmacy.

That is why the Guild continues to establish networks and undertake many activities to promote ownership and leadership to aspiring pharmacists which include;

  • The Pharmacy Business Network - PBN (replacing the annual Pharmacy Women’s Congress – first held in 2004). The event provides the industry with tools to improve business planning, management and profitability with a strong emphasis on networking and implementation of learning outcomes;

  • The production of the comprehensive starter-kit for pharmacists, the Buying and Selling a Pharmacy Guide: 7 steps to Highly Effective Sale or Purchase, first published in 2000 and revitalized and improved in 2010;

  • The development of the online diagnostic tool New Pharma– the evolution of the original Buying and Selling a Pharmacy Guide, based on the successful Good Pharma diagnostic approach to provide a best practice tool to assist with purchasing a pharmacy business;

  • National Student Business Plan Competition first held in 2007 and now in its 5th successful year. This initiative continues in 2012 to receive wide acclaim and patronage from student pharmacists and pharmacy schools;

  • Annual seminars at APP since 1998 – promoting partnerships, ownership, succession planning and pursuing leadership roles in community pharmacy; and

  • The production of resources to assist aspiring pharmacists with activities such as mentoring and establishing local area networks of likeminded community pharmacists, as well as the National Council Observer Program that has enabled women and young pharmacists to get first hand exposure to the governance committee of the Guild.

  • Developing Leaders and Owners in Pharmacy Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Developing-Leaders-and-Owners-in-Pharmacy/125872960780087#!/pages/Developing-Leaders-and-Owners-in-Pharmacy/125872960780087