My Nar­romine Life Kaail Bohm

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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

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