My Narromine Life Kaail Bohm
I’m a Pharmacist.
I grew up and did all of my schooling in Narromine.
I got early entry into Pharmacy at Charles Sturt University,
and in my second year I received an indigenous scholarship from the Pharmacy Guild. I finished uni in 2007 and started working for Tony Lawler and Sally Sheehan. I’ve been working for them and with them ever since, and as a business partner for about six years now. I also worked in Trangie for five years before coming here (Terry White Chemist Delroy).
Are there many Indigenous Pharmacists? I was the second
indigenous pharmacist in Australia to be registered, in regards to (pharmacy) ownership, I think I would be in the top five. I don’t hide my indigenous heritage, but it’s not something I go and tell people. I find it really weird when people find out that I am indigenous, because I don’t think I’ve achieved anything that somebody else can’t achieve, and I think it’s really funny that people think it’s such a big achievement. I was lucky enough to be given every opportunity. Narromine was a good school and my parents were very encouraging and supportive in whatever decision I made.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Pharmacist?
I’ve always enjoyed the community side of things regarding pharmacy, I’m very much a people person. I enjoy being out in front and the connection I make with people. If they have a child suffering from reflux and they don’t know what to do, I’ve got a three-year-old daughter and I can relate in those scenarios. It’s about relating and giving people practical ideas – there’s not always a short answer.
When did you decide you wanted to be a pharmacist? All of my subjects
at school were health related. I tried to get into the Air Force but unfortunately I was knocked back because of my eyesight. Pharmacy was my fall back and it’s been pretty good for me so far. I tell juniors here all the time, it’s about having options; your first option may not be viable, you may not be able to do it at that stage in life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it later.
So you wanted to be a pilot?
I do have the ambition of trying to get my pilot’s licence, I just can’t seem to find time to do it at the moment. I would love to be able to fly out to remote communities and be able to deliver some type of health service. Even just to chat with people about health and to make that connection. Once I actually get my pilot’s licence, I will look into getting a plane and a grant, then link in with a doctor’s service.
Tell me something people don’t know about you... I like weird
animals. We have a little nine-acre block in Narromine and we have two highlander cows, named Milo and Eve, that are just purely pets for my daughter. A highlander is a Scottish cow, they have horns and fur. They’ve got really long tongues – it’s like feeding a giraffe. I’ve got a couple of miniature donkeys coming shortly, my wife wants to get some miniature pigs, and I’d like to get some miniature goats. I love animals, especially the funny looking ones!
- Interview & photo by Wendy Merrick