1 October 2013
Si Banks signs off
Congratulations to the outgoing NSW Branch President of the Guild, Mr Si Banks, on completing a remarkable and significant term as President of the Guild’s largest Branch.
Mr Banks has stepped down today after serving an incredible 19 years in the role.
Si Banks is a pharmacist who first worked in community pharmacy in Ingleburn, NSW. His unceasing objective has been to see his much-loved profession successfully take additional steps towards delivering enhanced patient care at community pharmacy level.
He strongly believes that pharmacy must maintain a strong presence in the political arena, lest our political representatives lose sight of pharmacy’s worth to the community.
Si has had a long and continuing association with Charles Sturt University at Wagga since its early days and was one of those who lobbied to get State Government support and funding for the establishment of the Chair of Rural Pharmacy at CSU. He has spent considerable time and effort lobbying to have CSU develop the Vaccination Training Course and to have it incorporated in their pharmacy curriculum.
Si was closely involved in the development of the Pharmacy Cold Chain, which subsequently was incorporated into the QCPP standards, reinforcing community pharmacy’s commitment to quality and excellence.
The National President of the Guild, Kos Sclavos, said: “It is an indication of the enormity of Si’s contribution to the Guild that he has figured in most of the Guild’s significant wins over the last two decades.
“I will always respect his passion and fierce determination carried throughout his tenure. Few could have maintained such passion for community pharmacy, for the Guild and for its companies over such a long time. I know Guild Members will join me in wishing Si all the best, and we also thank his wife Barbara for her support,” Mr Sclavos said.
The new President of the NSW Branch of the Guild is Mr Paul Sinclair, a Sydney community pharmacist and National Councillor of the Guild, having been elected to that position in 2007. In 2010, he was elected to the Community Pharmacy Section Executive Committee of FIP (Federation International Pharmaceutical). He is the chair of the Guild’s Quality Assurance and Standards committee, and also a member of the Health Economics committee which is involved in negotiating the Community Pharmacy Agreements.
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