PSA Mentoring Program
PSA’s new mentoring program provides significant support to all PSA pharmacist members, and those looking to enter the PSA’s new career pathways opportunities.
The Australia-wide initiative is designed to provide collegial support to pharmacists at any stage of their career.
The PSA Mentoring Program is an exclusive benefit to members.
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Benefits for mentees include:
- Advance current career pathway
- Change career pathway
- Develop business or clinical skills
- Develop confidence
- Develop professional network
Benefits for mentors include:
- Assist other pharmacists in their career development
- Be a positive role model
- Gain professional acknowledgement
- Provide extended networking opportunities
- Share your knowledge and wisdom
How the program works
Mentor and mentee training and resources are available online as part of the program.
Applications will be reviewed and if compatible mentor/mentees are available, matched to commence the mentoring program.
Michael Gray, Director Advantage Pharmacy Group B.Pharm, LLM (JD), MPS
“Early career pharmacists need to embrace and lead practice change. I would like to be a positive voice amongst the negative out there to inspire our next generation of health care professionals.”
Michael Gray believes his education, business and legal experience can help young pharmacists looking for career advice. “I can offer mentoring support on study programs that are best suited, as well as advice on avoiding pitfalls to those who want to buy their first pharmacy” he says.
“Despite the doom and gloom that many talk about in the profession, I see great opportunities in pharmacy and it’s our younger pharmacists who will ultimately drive this. A career in pharmacy can open many doors, not just community pharmacy”. Michael added that out of all the health professions, pharmacy is the one with the most opportunities. “Don’t be put off by negative talk. Go after what you want.”
Elise Apolloni, Owner, Capital Chemist Wanniassa, Canberra
MPS BPharm GradCertPharmPrac GradCertDiabetesMgmtEd DipMgmt CertIVTAE
(Diabetes Educator, Asthma Educator, Qualified Mental Health First Aid Trainer)
“We need to build a community of early career pharmacists that are inspired, resilient and ready to take on whatever challenges and opportunities are ahead of us!”
Elise Apolloni said she was lucky enough to have a number of inspiring mentors in her early days as a pharmacy student and pharmacist. “It would be a privilege and honour to be able to offer that same opportunity I had to early career pharmacists, so they too can benefit from the experience I did”. Elise says she can help by providing ideas, inspiration, guidance and a listening ear to early career pharmacists. “I am interested in making sure early career pharmacists are supported and well-advised during this very important time in their professional life”.
For Elise the “sky is the limit” in the pharmacy profession. “I think our profession is evolving to incorporate more skills and services than we can imagine, and the possibilities are endless. When you love what you do, and you can see the difference you are making to the health of your community, it is a very rewarding feeling, which is why I love being a pharmacist!”
Mark Lock, Program Pharmacist BSc BPharm MPS GradDipMgt AACPA
“Don’t limit yourself to just one area of pharmacy – step outside your comfort zone. Build relationships, get involved and expand your professional network.”
Mark Lock has worked in Australia and Canada in a diverse range of roles. His has experience working in metro, rural and remote communities, as well as roles in various professional bodies. “My experience in rural and remote areas, as well as working with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal Health Services has been a highlight of my career” Mark says. “Aboriginal people value their local pharmacist very highly, and this allows you to build strong working relationships with them and affect their healthcare in a positive way”.
As a mentor, Mark believes his experiences – both good and challenging – can help support pharmacists in the early stages of their career, from being someone they can seek professional advice from, or simply someone to talk to about a life challenge or the day they had at work. He is keen to work with the future leaders and mentors of the profession. “They can bring new ideas and have the opportunity to have a great impact on the health and well-being of the community”.
PSA Mentoring Program does not include AACP case study mentoring support.
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