Yeppoon's Bruce Elliot has been awarded the 2009 Young Australian Pharmacist of the Year.
Yeppoon's Bruce Elliot has been awarded the 2009 Young Australian Pharmacist of the Year. Sharyn O'Neill

Bruce named young Aussie pharmacist

NAMED the 2009 Young Australian Pharmacist of the Year, Yeppoon's Bruce Elliot says he is rewarded in his job every day.

“There is no greater reward than helping someone,” Bruce said.

And it is this belief, and his commitment to pharmacy practice improvements, that saw the 31-year-old officially presented the prestigious award in Sydney at the weekend, by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Bruce said he relished the role his job had in the community.

“At the end of the day it is about people and their health.”

Bruce said he knew he wanted a medical related career right back in high school.

“Pharmacy was going to be a starting point, then I fell in love with it.”

It was that love that saw him take a big leap in his career, at a time when former schoolmates were still backpacking in foreign countries or sorting out their career paths.

“I was lucky that I knew early on what I wanted to do.”

Bruce was only 26 and managing two pharmacies in Port Macquarie when an ownership opportunity came up for two pharmacies in Yeppoon.

He is now the managing partner of three pharmacies in Yeppoon, Hill Street Chem Coast Pharmacy, Amcal Max Yeppoon Central, Keppel Plaza Amcal Pharmacy and a partner in Gracemere Amcal Pharmacy.

“Two has turned into four.”

As well as being hands on in the pharmacies, Bruce spends one day a week doing medicine reviews in people's homes and at other times in nursing homes.

He admits he is assisted in his role by a great team of staff.

“When I see them do something wonderful that makes me so proud.”

As part of the award Bruce won an $8000 education grant.



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