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NT’s Hutson joins PATY Hall of Fame


NORTHERN Territory-based pharmacy assistant (PA), Ashleigh Hutson (pictured), was named as the 2021 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic PA of the Year, last night.

Hutson, from Bardens Amcal Pharmacy in Darwin, became the second successive Territoria­n to claim the title after yesterday’s national workshop - which was conducted online due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns - following Benjamin King’s win in 2020.

Congratula­ting Hutson, Guild National President, Trent Twomey, said that she “should be very proud of this achievemen­t”.

“Ashleigh was chosen amongst a very competitiv­e field of candidates, and there were many talented applicants this year for PATY from across Australia,” he said.

“This year’s award is also significan­t as it is being awarded against the backdrop of COVID-19, which has seen outstandin­g efforts within pharmacy across Australia to win this award within this context is even more extraordin­ary.”

As the PATY winner, Hutson has secured a $5,000 cash prize, alongside a customised training package, and registrati­on, flights and accommodat­ion to attend both the 2022 Australian Pharmacy Profession­al Conference and next year’s PA National Conference.

Hutson described winning the title as a significan­t milestone in her career.

“This is amazing. I can’t tell you how proud I am to have won this,” she said.

“It’s been amazing meeting all of you [state finalists].”

“I am so passionate about this career, it’s just an honour to be awarded this title.”

MEANWHILE, Queensland­based PA, Donna Williamson, from Redland Bay Discount Drug Store was named as the 2021 National Glucojel Super Star Award winner during last night’s online presentati­on.

The Super Star title recognises outstandin­g customer service amongst the top PATY state finalists.

After two COVID-19-induced cancellati­ons of the PA National Conference in 2020 and 2021, the Guild has announced that next year’s event will take place in-person on 28 and 29 Oct 2022, in Brisbane.

Guild Queensland Branch President, Chris Owen, has previously said the organisati­on was looking forward to hosting a “bigger and better” event in 2022.

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