We’re raising funds to grow Cambodia at APP2024

We believe supporting communities locally and internationally is important to helping them thrive. We are inspired by the commitment of Growing Cambodia’s founders and patrons to educating rural Cambodians.

Growing Cambodia aims to facilitate a self-sufficient and sustainable quality of life for rural Cambodians through education and enhancement of health and well-being. Growing Cambodia’s efforts focus on education to empower the current generation to improve their living standards as it helps individuals make more informed choices about their future.

A key to the education program is teaching English to enhance employment opportunities in the expanding tourism and business sectors.

Enjoy a coffee at Victoria Park Broadbeach APP2024 and donate

To raise funds for Growing Cambodia, we have a Coffee Van at Victoria Park, Broadbeach (on the corner of Gold Coast Highway and Victoria St, diagonally across from APP2024 at GCCEC)

Drop by to meet the team, grab a coffee and a croissant

  • Thurs 14 March – 7-11am
  • Fri 15 March – 6.30-10.30am

You can either donate via the donation box or via EFTPOS.

Thank you for the support of two great local businesses

Thank you to the City of Gold Coast for their support in allowing us to have the Coffee Van at Victoria Park.

APP 2024

What an incredible week it was at APP2024! We are thrilled to have unveiled our new brand, Independent Pharmacies of Australia (IPA), which has been met with immense enthusiasm and resonance within the pharmacy industry. This marks a significant milestone for us, promising a future of enhanced support and flexibility to empower you, our members, in achieving your goals.

Before we delve into the highlights, we want to congratulate Chemist Discount Centre Gosnells and Narrabri Pharmacy on being finalists for Pharmacy of the Year 2024. A big congratulations also goes to Narrabri Pharmacy on receiving the “Excellence in Professional Innovation award”. Their outstanding achievement exemplifies their dedication to serving the local community, and we are immensely proud to celebrate Karen and her team’s success.

Our panel sessions sparked insightful discussions throughout the event, providing attendees with invaluable knowledge and networking opportunities. We were also honoured to have Andrew Pattinson, Chief Innovation Officer at IPA, host the Rural Pharmacy Forum and highlight rural pharmacies’ vital role in healthcare delivery.

From industry sessions to networking opportunities, APP2024 has been a testament to the strength and unity of our pharmacy community.

We look forward to continuing this journey together, growing stronger with each shared success.

We were so proud to support Growing Cambodia at APP2024 and help raise awareness for a great cause!

A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation and contributed to this important cause. Your support will make a meaningful difference in the lives of rural Cambodians, empowering them through education and enhancing their health and well-being. Together, we’re making a positive impact and helping communities thrive!

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to making the APP2024 cocktail party an unforgettable evening. Here’s to our continued growth, innovation, and success!

We’re thrilled to announce our lucky winners from the recent events! Congratulations to Edwina Capell, Jodi Wishaw and Nicholas Ikonomos, who each won a Zero-10 E-Scooter from our various giveaways at APP2024!  Thank you to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for more exciting opportunities in the future!

If you didn’t manage to attend APP, as part of our commitment to supporting your growth and sustainability, I invite you to explore our exclusive whitepaper, “Navigating the Future of Pharmacy: Unlocking Growth and Sustainability.” This insightful resource provides valuable strategies and insights to help you thrive in today’s dynamic pharmacy environment. 

Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia (IPA) launches to champion independent pharmacy owners

Gold Coast, Australia (March 15, 2024)

At the APP2024 Conference yesterday, Steve Kastrinakis, Managing Director, and highly regarded founding Pharmacist, announced the formation of Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia (IPA).  IPA is a new chapter for The Platform Alliance Group, a previous merger between several longstanding independent pharmacy groups – Advantage Pharmacy, Pharmacy Catalyst, and Pharmacy Alliance.

IPA aims to provide comprehensive support tailored to the unique needs of independent pharmacies operating across Australia. With nearly 1,200 member pharmacies, the group leverages its scale to invest in innovative programs, services, and technology that provide their members with an integrated and unique approach to drive better patient outcomes and sustainable business growth.

“Our name change reflects our DNA and who we are. We understand that no two pharmacies are the same. We are here to support your independence,” stated Kastrinakis in his speech. “IPA is the product of pharmacy groups founded by pharmacists, for pharmacists, over 20 years ago, and we remain dedicated to [their] success as independent operators.”

Key benefits of the new brand for independent pharmacists include:

  • Flexibility to operate branded or fully independent pharmacy models
  • Group buying power for improved margins and market-leading deals
  • Marketing expertise to drive consumer engagement and loyalty
  • Implementation support for professional services and revenue streams
  • Business intelligence tools including procurement analytics and loyalty insights

“Our goal is to simplify running independent pharmacies so our members can focus on delivering outstanding service to their patients,” added Kastrinakis. “Whether you want to be part of our national brands or operate an independent model, we have support levels that meet the needs of you and your local community.”

IPA launched at this year’s APP conference, inviting attendees to visit their stand to learn how the group can help independent pharmacy owners maintain their independence while charting a successful future.

About Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia

Independent Pharmacies Group of Australia (IPA) is a member-owned organisation supporting over 1,200 independent community pharmacies across the country. Founded by pharmacists with a mission to champion independent and sustainable pharmacy ownership, IPA provides group buying power, marketing resources, business coaching and a range of professional services to help members grow their businesses and better serve their communities.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact:

Nimfa Martinez

General Manager Marketing – Brands

E: nimfa.martinez@thepagroup.com.au

M: 0433 122 713