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National President Pharmacy Guild of Australia
July 23, 2008
"Ask your pharmacist - the PBS a great system about to get better"
Kos Sclavos will be speaking live in a televised debate at the National Press Club on the 23 July 2008.
Kos Sclavos is in his third year as National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kos is driving pharmacy’s exciting new IT agenda and already has many successes with projects such as Project Stop to track sales of pseudoephedrine and prevent suspicious sales, as well as teaming up with software providers to develop a unique electronic prescribing system which maintains patient privacy and choice, as well as a medication compliance tool to improve patient health outcomes.
The Bulletin Magazine last year voted Kos one of the top 100 most influential people in Australia…and particularly in the health sector. Mr Sclavos has led the Guild in developing a strong and effective relationship with Government, to ensure that pharmacy remains at the forefront of effective and efficient delivery of health outcomes to the community.
Before he became the Guild’s President, Kos spent nine years as the Queensland Guild Branch President, and 6 years as National President of the Australian Institute of Pharmacy Management (now ACPPM).
Kos continues to serve on a wide variety of industry bodies and committees and is a regular feature writer in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacy News. In 1999 Kos was awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Young Pharmacist of the Year Award, as well as the PSA Bowl of Hygeia Award.
In 2005 Kos was awarded the Allied Health/ Education Worker of the Year by Epilepsy Australia. Kos has been a driving force behind a number of industry initiatives including the Advanced Diploma of Community Pharmacy Management and the Quality Care Pharmacy Program.
Recently a pharmacy that he is a partner in was voted Australia’s “Pharmacy of the Year” because of its innovative programs such as trialling MedsIndex – a medicine compliance tool, as well as its front of shop approach to pharmacy where pharmacists regularly mix with customers to provide professional health advice.
Kos has helped to put Pharmacy in the front line of health provision and is driving moves to have more professional health services provided by community pharmacists as the most accessible health providers in the community.