A Pharmacist with itchy feet... and not the tinea kind..
Hi, I'm Janelle, a community Pharmacist from Far North QLD, Australia.
I studied a Bachelor of Pharmacy at James Cook University in Townsville, North Queensland from 2005 to 2008. I spent my intern year in Ayr, a nearby rural cane farming town. I then returned to my home town of Cairns, where I have stayed since becoming a registered Pharmacist in 2009.
In addition to my job as a Pharmacist, I am also a wife to Zane and a mother to Stella.
We welcomed Stella in mid 2013 and I took 6 months of maternity leave. By the beginning of 2014 I was well and truly back into the swing of part time work. I was also working through my HMR accreditation and was busy juggling all the important things in life...
I was also striving to be a better pharmacist.. and couldn't stop looking for something more!
I have always had a fascination with rural and remote pharmacy, and the challenges that Pharmacists in these areas face in order to provide timely, and affordable medicine supply to patients.
At the same time, I was intrigued to know how a "compounding pharmacy" operated, what it was like to be a "primary care pharmacist in a GP practice", what was involved in becoming a "diabetes educator", how to become a 'locum pharmacist', and what about nutrition and herbal supplements? The list goes on.. and on... Just ask my husband :)
Well, that's what I did. I asked him if we could travel Australia for a while. And on the way, I could discover what other Pharmacists were doing... and then perhaps I would find out what sort of Pharmacist I wanted to be..
And then I decided to write a blog about my travels and share it with you... my fellow hardworking, sometimes inspiration lacking, Pharmacists.