Dispensing change: Female pharmacists still climbing the ladder

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Dispensing change: Female pharmacists still climbing the ladder

Elsa Norvill
Elsa Norvill

To celebrate International Women's Day, we are publishing this feature story from October last year, when reporter Miranda Cook looked at the place of women in pharmacy and talked to women who have broken down barriers in what once was a male preserve. Some interviewees feel females are making good ground in the health policy arena, while others think more needs to be done to propel them into ownership and leadership roles

Elsa Norvill, “I’ll be with you in a minute.” These are Elsa Norvill’s first words to me as she puts down her mobile to rush off and serve customers. I watch, on

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Ann Privett, Elizabeth Plant and Di Drumm also deserve mention, I'm sure with five minutes more, I could come up with many more.  My preceptor Joan Beilby owned her own pharmacy and helped many interns set their sights high and pushed us to reach them.  I was with a great deal of gratitude that I told her about my Fellowship, it would never have happened without Joan's early encouragement and that of a number of women whose names are in this article