MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2021
Members of the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) have paid tribute to outgoing President of the Pharmacy Guild George Tambassis who is stepping down after three terms spanning seven years in the role. The Guild has announced that Queensland branch President Trent Twomey has been elected as Mr Tambassis’ successor.
NPSA Chair Richard Vincent said, “We want to thank George for his dedication and tireless work for community pharmacy throughout his time as Guild President. He has been able to broaden the role of pharmacy to benefit consumers and has driven innovation across pharmacy programs. Most recently he successfully steered pharmacy through the finalisation of the 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement and the outbreak of COVID-19, which presented an extraordinary set of challenges for frontline health providers.
“The full-line pharmaceutical wholesalers are acutely aware of the pressures felt by everyone working in the pharmacy sector over the past year of the pandemic. George’s leadership has been instrumental in supporting pharmacy throughout this time. His skills in strategic thinking, advocacy and negotiation have also made a significant contribution to the Guild’s work on both the 6th and 7th Community Pharmacy Agreements with government, delivering the important certainty required for providing high quality care for all Australians.
“We congratulate Trent Twomey on his appointment and warmly welcome him to the role of Guild President. We look forward to supporting him and all community pharmacies in the years ahead.”
NPSA is the peak body representing the full-line pharmaceutical wholesalers in Australia including Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API), NPD (National Pharmacies), Sigma Healthcare and Symbion.