THE National Council of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has named George Tambassis as Interim Council Nominee for the role of National President, which will become vacant in Oct when Kos Sclavos steps down (PD 16 Apr). Tambassis is a community pharmacist from Victoria and has been that state’s Guild Branch President since 2011. He owns pharmacies in both rural and suburban Victoria, and has been in the industry for 25 years. The Council said it was making the nomination now to provide a smooth transition, whereby the nominated person has the opportunity to build networks with Members and stakeholders. “It is intended that the nominee will spend considerable time between now and October visiting the Branches, meeting pharmacy, political and other stakeholders around Australia, and building a strong relationship with the National Secretariat,” a statement issued yesterday said. Tambassis, who’s pictured above with Sclavos, said he was humbled by the responsibility that National Council had given him. “I am looking forward to receiving Members’ input, and to hearing any concerns they have, wherever they may be,” he said. And Sclavos congratulated George on his appointment, saying that as National President he had seen Tambassis’ collaborative approach at first hand. “He has a passion for the ongoing viability of community pharmacy and the role of pharmacists”. Sclavos will remain as National President until his resignation takes formal effect in October, at which point National Council will formally appoint his successor. PSA President Grant Kardachi welcomed the appointment, saying having a handover period would give Tambassis an opportunity to tap into Sclavos’ “enormous wealth of knowledge and experience”.
WITH close to half of Australians expected to experience a mental illness at some stage of their life, research conducted by Griffith University found consumers believe community pharmacists are well placed to provide mental health promotion.