Mackay job seekers encouraged to train to become pharmacy assistants. Picture: Contributed
Mackay job seekers encouraged to train to become pharmacy assistants. Picture: Contributed

COVID delivers new opportunities for Mackay job seekers

COVID-19 has delivered a unique opportunity for Mackay job seekers to train as pharmacy assistants and support the community.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Queensland Branch is encouraging eligible job seekers to retrain to become pharmacy assistants.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is delivering the Queensland Government’s Community Work Skills Program in Mackay, funded under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Queensland Branch president Trent Twomey said the state’s network of almost 1200 community pharmacies were vital primary healthcare providers for patients.

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen all community pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and primary healthcare workers adapting quickly to change in order to support patients in the Queensland community,” Professor Twomey said.

“With 97 per cent of consumers in capital cities located within 2.5km, and 67 per cent in regional areas within 2.5km, it’s no wonder community pharmacies are destinations for many Queenslanders looking to access primary healthcare services, including medications reviews, diabetes management, mobility aids and many other services.

“It’s not a surprise that consumers visit their local community pharmacy 18 times a year on average.

“Pharmacy assistants play a critical role in running community pharmacies and there are many exciting career pathways available.”

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Mackay jobseekers who are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or help may be eligible to complete an SIR20116 Certificate II in Community Pharmacy under the program.

The seven-week full-time Guild Training course is COVID Safe and will be delivered in Mackay from March 8 to April 23.

The course enables students to acquire the essential skills required to provide healthcare in community pharmacy.

The course incorporates vocational placement in a community pharmacy to solidify the new skills learned.

Community Work Skills is one of seven programs that make up the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

For more information about the Community Work Skills Program and eligibility criteria, visit

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