Mr ENTSCH: I rise today to congratulate two local pharmacies in my electorate of Leichhardt for their success in the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition on the Gold Coast over the weekend: Frank and Vince Pappalardo from the WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods on Pease Street in Cairns; and Mick and Luci Delaney, Caitlin Davies and Carli Berrill from Thursday Island Pharmacy. Both pharmacies were nominated for the Pharmacy of the Year award.
WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods is very community focused. One shining example of this in our community is their partnering with the Wuchopperen Health Service to support the health needs of Indigenous people by providing medications, onsite imprest, first-aid needs and patient care and advice.
The Thursday Island Pharmacy is more than just a pharmacy. The pharmacy defines their community as the health professionals that they work alongside and the local community organisations they support, and the pharmacy helps the Thursday Island and Torres Strait community grow.
I’m proud of the achievements of these pharmacies, and I would like to acknowledge WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods for their Excellence in Business Management award, and Thursday Island Pharmacy for their Excellence in Professional Innovation award. I would also like to give my personal thanks to all those community pharmacies across my electorate for the work and services they deliver in our community, and I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with them in the future. Local pharmacies certainly are the backbone of health professionals in our area, and it’s great to see those in my electorate achieving these recognitions.