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About Vanessa

Vanessa is a passionate and inspiring leader, speaker, mentor, coach and trainer. 


Vanessa has both the skills and unique experience to support you to be a caring and confident pharmacist and leader. 

Vanessa has provided coaching, training and mentoring for pharmacists and pharmacy teams in the areas of patient engagement, how to expand your counselling skills to have more holistic health conversations, solution selling, leadership, building a culture of learning, change management, e-script readiness, making the most of QCPP and improving team and business performance.  

One particular highlight being Vanessa's Care Counselling Coaching Program which has supported many pharmacists to engage patients more holistically and support better health outcomes. 

Vanessa has experience in a variety of leadership settings within community pharmacy and understands how building your skills and capabilities can make a measurable difference to your team's engagement, business performance, and the customer experience.  

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“People are at the heart of healthcare and I've always been very passionate about expanding the way we care about each other, so that we can influence better patient outcomes and elevate the health of our communities ". 

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Vanessa's key highlights, qualifications & experience

During Vanessa’s time at Sigma Healthcare between 2016 – 2021 Vanessa grew into a leadership role within the organisation and most recently held the position of Group Manager for Training and Communication for the Sigma Retail Pharmacy Network. 

Vanessa co-developed and delivered The LEAPP Dispensary Excellence Program and The LIFT Pharmacy Performance Program for the Amcal and Guardian pharmacy network.


Vanessa and her team led the innovative development and launch of the Sigma Online Training Platform which lays the foundation for expanding the delivery of learning to over 6500 pharmacy team members across the Sigma Retail Pharmacy Network.  Vanessa also successfully launched and hosted the Talking Pharmacy Podcast. 

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Vanessa is a community pharmacist, previously managing pharmacies for the Amcal and My Chemist Pharmacy Groups between 2002 – 2009, and owned Clarendon Pharmacy in South Melbourne between 2010 - 2013.


Vanessa is also a certified coach and trainer with qualifications in Life and Leadership Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Health Coaching. Between 2013-2015 Vanessa established The Care Project which focused on coaching and training pharmacists in patient engagement and holistic health sales and solutions. 



In 2023 - Vanessa presented at APP2023 on the Gold Coast, The Medici Women's Leadership Retreat, The Pharmacy Careers Summit, The Sigma Healthcare Pharmacist Summit and was a recent panelist on the AJP Webinar for Building Resilient Workplace Cultures.  


In 2010 Vanessa was a finalist for the City of Port Phillip Citizen of the Year award.

In 2019 Vanessa won the ARCHI Individual Award for Sigma Healthcare Retail team members who consistently deliver company values. 

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I have a beautiful little girl, Olivia who I live with in Melbourne. We love bike-riding along the beach, walking our dog and cooking together. Olivia teaches me every day how to keep bringing passion to my work, to keep finding joy in the little things and to always stay curious and open-hearted.


Let's Work Together.

Get in touch below to see how Vanessa can bring more alignment and performance to your pharmacy team

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