She tried her hand at studying journalism, learning to fly a plane and waitressing but once Stephanie Newsham gave pharmacy a go she fell in love with the profession…and now she’s moved to Maranoa top weave pharmaceutical magic.
“I had brushed them off as I thought it sounded boring. Then I started working as a Pharmacy Assistant in Surfers Paradise and was inspired by the great pharmacists I worked with and how they cared for the community.”
“Four months into the job, I enrolled in my pharmacy degree and it was very nice of mum and dad never to say I told you so.”
Now, eleven years after joining the pharmacy industry, Ms Newsham has been appointed as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Roma Hospital.
“I’ve been working as a Registered Pharmacist for five years and recently spent seven weeks working as the Locum Pharmacist in Cunnamulla. I’ve always been interested in rural healthcare and going to Cunnamulla was a fantastic experience.”
“My mum had been a teacher there and my dad grew up on a sheep property near Eulo, so it was nice living somewhere so integral to my family’s history. When the position came up at the Roma Hospital I jumped at the opportunity and am now enjoying getting to know the area.”
Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to the South West Hospital and Health Service, having previously worked as an intern in community pharmacy at Stanthorpe and at John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast as a Clinical and Oncology Pharmacist.
She says she is looking forward to addressing the challenges of delivering healthcare in the bush.
“Access to certain medications and stock can be more difficult outside of metropolitan areas, which can lead to having to be a bit more creative.”
“Pharmacy in the city can sometimes mean a more transient customer base so you might not have such a large number of regular patients. To me, building rapport and a solid relationship with patients is such an enjoyable part of the job, and just geographically much easier to do out here.”
South West Hospital and Health Service Acting Chief Executive Linda Patat says Ms Newsham would be an asset to the Roma community.
“We welcome her to our community of dedicated healthcare professionals and trust her new role in the South West will be a rewarding one. “I’m sure Stephanie’s person-centred approach will be much appreciated by both our health consumers and the Roma Hospital team.”
And asked of Roma?
Stephanie says she’s had been warmly welcomed.
I’m enjoying getting to know the area, struggling at fitness classes and visiting all the great local shops. A visit to the Saleyards and Big Rig are on my to-do list and I’m hoping to join a pottery class, I’m also keen to attend the races once the season kicks off.”