During her time at university, Brooke Myers was heavily involved in the JCU community.
“I really enjoyed going to JCU. Iwas involved in the James Cook University Pharmacy Students Association from second year and I ended up being President in third year. It’s such a great introduction to the profession.”
“It made university way more fun.There were heaps of social events which meant you were able to have a great time with your friends and in your course. It was also a great way to network.”
Through the networks she established in university, Brooke found herself volunteering on several trips to Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.
“I’ve done nine trips overseas on a voluntary basis. Most of them have been teaching trips, so I’ve gone over and taught Pharmacy to final year students at local universities.”
“The other work I did was a medical trip to the Solomon Islands. I joined a team of Australian and American healthcare professionals to deliver medical care. Each day we got on a boat and went to a new village or island to set up a medical clinic.”
Brooke has also won several awards for her work, including JCU’s Outstanding Early Career Award in 2013 and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2012.
“The highlight of my career so far has been winning those awards. It was special to me because they are normally community-based. It was nice to get hospital pharmacy on the map and I was humbled to have that accolade.”
Brooke now works as a Pharmacist Clinical Educator at the Gold Coast University Hospital, where she trains and educates students, intern pharmacists and registered pharmacists in junior and senior roles.
“I absolutely love my job and would recommend it to others. I think JCU prepares pharmacy students well because ithas a focus on communication skills and team-based models, so I felt like I was job-ready when I graduated.”
Brooke is also currently undertaking her PhD in Pharmacy, and one day hopes to work in a role that spans across hospital and university work.
“The best thing about pharmacy is that it’s not a boxed job – you can work across a huge area of practice. People are getting into really specialised roles as well.”
“I’m extremely passionate that pharmacists can make a difference in lots of different areas.”