Toni Riley appointed Project Manager for the RUM Project

The Board of the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Limited (The RUM Project) announced today the appointment of Victorian pharmacist, Ms. Toni Riley, as the new Project Manager commencing on the 1 September 2015.

Ms. Riley is well-known across the Pharmacy community, having served a number of terms as a National Pharmacy Guild Councillor and led the Guild Negotiating Team for the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement.
Ms Riley is also a member of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority and a Director of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists.

Ms. Riley replaces Simon Appel OAM who has served with distinction in the role of Project Manager since the inception of the RUM program in 1998. Having just completed successful negotiations with the Government for a new 3 year funding Agreement, Simon has decided that this is the perfect time for him to retire and enjoy his other life interests.

The RUM Project continues to successfully operate out of virtually every community pharmacy across Australia and is responsible for the collection and environmentally friendly disposal of over 700 tonnes of returned medicines each year.
The new funding Agreement also requires the program to undertake a number of research projects during the next year. These include examining the contents and characteristics of the medicines returned and investigating the reasons why consumers are returning the medicines to pharmacies.

Chairman of the NatRUM Board, Mr Warwick Plunkett, warmly welcomes the appointment of such an experienced pharmacist as Ms. Riley to oversee the RUM program and believes her background in working with multiple stakeholders across the Pharmacy supply chain makes her ideal for the role.
Contact: Warwick Plunkett
Chair