Pharmacies are a core part of Australian communities, making sure locals get the medicine and treatment they need day-in and day-out. What’s unique about Australia’s community pharmacy sector is that it’s composed almost entirely of small businesses, because most pharmacies are owned and operated by locals.

Pharmacists have been on the frontlines over the last year and a half, making sure their locals are safe and able to access the medical care they needed.  Right now, they’re still doing it tough but that doesn’t stop them from continuing to provide for their communities. Give your local community pharmacist a visit and let them know you appreciate the work they do!

The Facts and Figures on Pharmacies

Pharmacies are part of keeping
our community strong

  • Pharmacists have been on the frontlines throughout the pandemic, keeping communities safe. They’re now helping Australia vaccinated so we can’t afford to lose any of them.
  • Pharmacists help more Australians than any other healthcare professional, with the average Australian visiting a pharmacy 14 times a year.
  • The first pharmacist was established all the way back in 1825 in Tasmania. That’s nearly 200 years of supporting Australian communities.
  • Pharmacists don’t just give you medication. They help you choose the best choices for you, contribute to research into new medicines, and are a keen supporter of community groups around Australia.

Capital Chemist – ACT

As Calwell locals, Kathleen and Elise had long ties to Capital Chemist, a fixture in their community since 1992. Capital Chemist was Kathleen’s local pharmacy since she was a child, while Elise worked at the pharmacy as an assistant when she was a teenager.Elise got the chance to purchase the branch in 2006, while Kathleen jumped on board in 2016.

The onset of COVID-19 in March saw a dramatic increase in patients wanting support from their community pharmacies. Noticing the severity of the pandemic, the team took proactive steps to protect their patients.

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Submit your favourite small business

The business got the name “Bertie’s” from Bertie Bertram, who ran it on his return to Australia after fghting in WWII. It was so successful it was the chosen supplier of meat for the Queen’s visit to Australia for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics – making them “Butchers to the Queen”.