Treasure McGuireYour name and position?
Dr Treasure McGuire, PhD, B Pharm, B Sc (Pcol), GradDipClinHospPharm, GCHEd, Adv Prac Pharm, TAECertIV, FACP, FPS, MSHP, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UQ School of Pharmacy, UQ appointment with Mater Health Services (Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Practice & Development) and Bond University (Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine).

What have been your key career achievements?
My career achievements include leading the delivery of national and state-wide medicines call centres in Australia for over sixteen years. There is nothing more satisfying for me, as a pharmacist, than to assist help-seeking consumers address their medicines information needs, and give them the confidence to actively participate in their health care. The medicines call centre data repository has provided me and my colleagues with a unique opportunity to undertake translational research. By identifying the real world medicines information gaps and concerns of consumers, we can assist primary health carers and we can develop targeted medicines information for our patients.

Have you faced any barriers as a woman?
I went to an all-girls school for twelve years. The nuns instilled in us a belief that “anything is possible”. I have taken that motto to heart throughout my career.  I am not saying that I haven’t faced barriers, as a woman, to progress my career. However, I have colleagues who could say the same because of their ethnicity, a disability or their age. The skill is to recognise the barriers, reflect on their legitimacy (or not); and find strategies and the confidence to overcome them.

What areas are you particularly passionate about that you would like to see change for women in the future?
Women should not have to make a difficult choice between their career and having a family. Women who choose a family need more than paid maternity leave. Instead, they need to be supported by workplace strategies that allow women to stay professionally active and progress their career on par with their male counterparts.

Can you suggest how young women, at any stage of their career or study, can overcome barriers and progress towards gender parity?
Women firstly need to be confident in their ability to succeed and be willing to demonstrate their skills, as appropriate. I believe that over the last two decades there has been progress towards diversity and gender parity in the workplace. We are seeing more fathers take paternity leave; and workplaces are becoming more breastfeeding and family friendly.  However, we are in a digital age. Women need to embrace new technology such as mixed/virtual reality to allow us to work productively anywhere. This would overcome some of the family barriers that negatively impact on a woman’s career trajectory.

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