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Commemorating sacrifice, service, mateship and courage.
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Commemorating sacrifice, service, mateship and courage.

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the first World War.

Pharmacy Alliance commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in war and on operational service – past and present. We acknowledge the continuing sacrifice, service, mateship and courage that forms the narrative of Australia’s ongoing experience with conflict around the globe.


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The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance across the globe. Many countries wear the poppy to remember those who persihed in war, or who still serve in the armed forces.


Generally worn around Armistice Day (11 November), for Austalians and New Zealanders it is most commonly seen around ANZACH Day.


The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the Great War (1914–18). The plant was one of the first to grow and bloom on battlefields in the Belgian region of Flanders.


The connection was made, most famously, by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in his poem, “In Flanders fields”.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


McCrae was a Canadian medical officer who, in May 1915, conducted the funeral service of a friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres (Ieper). Distressed at the death and suffering around him, McCrae scribbled the verses in his notebook. In a cemetery nearby, red poppies blew gently in the breeze – a symbol of regeneration and growth in a landscape of blood and destruction.


Source: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/anzac-day/poppies

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Healthy habits to stay well this flu season.
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Healthy habits to stay well this flu season.

Winter months bring a clear increase in cold and flu cases. For minor ailments such as a cough or cold, as the pharmacist, you are often the first point of contact to assist customers to cope with symptoms.

Pharmacies play a critical role in helping our communities remain healthy over the colder season. However, if you are not looking after myself, you won’t be able to look after those in your local community.


To make sure you stay healthy, there are a few things you can do:

  • Book yourself in for a flu shot and ensure this is before the flu season hits. With this flu season being in the middle of a global pandemic, getting the annual flu shot is important to avoid adding pressure to an already busy healthcare industry.
  • Get up-to-date with general health check with your GP.
  • Wash your hands frequently – either using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This will keep you from spreading germs to your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Take extra care that your work area remains clean. Many hygiene practices have been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19. These have been extremely beneficial and should ideally remain in place post-pandemic. This includes the use of plastic screens and face masks.
  • Continue to wear a mask if you feel unwell so that you do not affect you rcustomers or staff.
  • Strive to include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet to maintain a strong immune system. Supporting a healthy diet should be a regular exercise routine and a good amount of sleep.


With COVID-19 being an ongoing concern, experts are struggling to anticipate what cold and flu season might be like in terms of not just the infection rate, but also the availability of resources to keep the sick from getting sicker. It is best to prevent rather than treat the flu, but even if you do get vaccinated, you might still get sick. The 2021 flu season is upon us and no matter how you look at it, it is vital to do all that you can to protect yourself.



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Alliance Business & Leadership Essentials – ABLE.
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Alliance Business & Leadership Essentials – ABLE.

To support the growth of your business, and your team’s ability to deliver outstanding results, the ABLE program will address common skill gaps and keep your team up to date as the pharmacy industry evolves.

With ABLE, members can select a tailored program that best suits the needs of their business and team.


Learn more about:

  • Budgeting and business plans.
  • Innovation, creativity, and implementation of ideas.
  • Coaching, leading and delegating.
  • Being retail focused.
  • Effective performance management.
  • Managing your team, time and stress effectively.


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Happy Easter.
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Happy Easter.

Happy Easter from the team at Pharmacy Alliance.

We encourage you to use this opportunity to rest, recover and renew. We hope that you find time to reflect, spend time with loved ones, and remain aware of our own vulnerabilities and limitations, particularly during these challenging times. Give yourself permission to take a well-deserved break – even if just for a little while.


Our Member Support Office will be closed from 2 – 5 April 2021 (both days included) and be back to support our members on Tuesday 6 April 2021.


Be safe and be kind.