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Wanniassa pharmacist ACT’s top businesswoman

HerCanberra Team

“Ms Apolloni’s passion helps her make a real difference within her community.”

Elise Apolloni from Capital Chemist Wanniassa cleaned up at the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Women’s Awards last night, winning three Awards, including 2017 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year.

She also won the Entrepreneur Award as well as the Young Business Women’s Award. As managing partner for Capital Chemist Wanniassa, Ms Apolloni’s vision for the business is to make a positive impact on the health of the community.


Ms Apolloni says she wishes to connect customers with the most passionate and educated pharmacy health experts in Canberra.

“I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues that can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions,” Ms Apolloni said.

Ms Apolloni is also passionate about better informing her community about mental health issues. She volunteers as a telephone crisis support worker at Lifeline Canberra and as a phone counsellor for the National Pharmacists’ Support Service. In addition, she is an instructor for Mental Health First Aid.

Also recognised at the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Women’s Awards were:

For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward, CEO of Australian College of Nursing

Public Sector and Academia Award

Daryl Karp, Director of Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Corporate and Private Award

Ayesha Razzaq, General Manager Retail at ActewAGL

Joe Pollard, Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, Group Executive Media and Chief Marketing Officer, said that all the ACT winners are extraordinary business women whose achievements deserve to be recognised.

“As an industry leader, Ms Apolloni’s passion helps her make a real difference within her community, showing innovative spirit when faced with challenges. Her professional development outside of the pharmacy, such as volunteering for Lifeline Canberra, is highly commendable.”


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