LAST year, Queensland’s Gayndah Guardian Pharmacy put together 200 ‘Sweet Treat’ Christmas care packages and sent them to Australian service men and women serving in Afghanistan. In addition to stuffing the packages with jelly beans and Guardian Mints, Gayndah Pharmacy staffers also donned Gift Night Shirts and Guardian Christmas shirts to help support the Red Shirt Friday campaign, which entailed wearing the shirts every Friday to show support for Aussie service personnel. “It has been amazing for our Guardian pharmacy and it’s rapport with the community,” said Gayndah Guardian Pharmacy’s Sam Rowles. As a result of their efforts staff at the pharmacy have already received letters from home-sick soldiers, thankful for sweet treats at Christmas time. “The lollies handed out on Christmas day were a huge morale boost to the diggers,” wrote one serviceman, Sergeant John Matthews. “I have been told that the area we are in will get as low as -30 degrees, by mid Feb, I’m not looking forward to that” said another soldier, a member of the “Delta Boys”. “But as I am freezing my butt off, at least I have got some tasty jelly beans,” he added. Pictured above are the members of the Combat Service Support Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (including Sgt Matthews).
THE Pharmacy Guild of Australia has formally urged the Queensland government to establish a Pharmacy Council, with the move said to bring the state into line with all other Australian jurisdictions as well as “play an important role in bridging health gaps where pharmacies’ competencies could assist a health system under pressure”.