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The Australian community pharmacy industry comprises 5,723 pharmacies across the country as of June 2018, with 657 of these being located in Western Australia. Abbotts have been servicing a number of these community pharmacies since the 1980’s. Over this time, we have built a deep understanding of the profile necessary to create and manage a highly successful retail pharmacy business.

We understand the pressures currently being felt by pharmacy owners, with significant changes to the landscape over the past few years caused by both regulatory changes and increasing competitive forces.

To combat theses pressures our clients provide integrated links to their on-site financial business systems, allowing us to access real time data so we can provide advice and reports that cut through the noise – giving current and relevant insights that our clients want, presented in a way that is meaningful to them.

Our ability to integrate your financial data is only the tip of iceberg, as we can also provide industry-specific knowledge and expertise with you through other relevant services including:

Useful Links

Below are links to various sources of industry news and information relevant to owners and practitioners of retail pharmacies.

The rise and rise of big box discount stores such as Chemist Warehouse have affected community pharmacies around the country. Decisions are being made by pharmacy owners on how to react, resulting in various views of thought to either join them via a banner group or differentiate with services and specialty products to keep your customers happy.

No matter what you decide is best for your business, you want to ensure that any decisions that are made provide their expected benefits. To track and ensure those benefits eventuate requires the capture of financial data from your business systems, analysis and interpretation of that data to uncover what has happened and to finally represent the analysis in a layout that is both relevant to the data it is presenting, and meaningful to management of your business goals.

Our Pharmacy Industry Specialists


Chris Higham

Partner, Abbotts Chartered Accountants

Chris has been a part of the Abbotts Team since 1987 and has worked in the accounting profession since 1983. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 and was appointed as a Partner in Abbotts Chartered Accountants that year.

David Drake

David Drake

Partner, Abbotts Chartered Accountants

David is our Tax Specialist and has worked in the tax and accounting field since 1982. David spent several years early in his career working in the ATO. He joined the Abbotts team in 1997 and became a Partner of the Practice in July 2000.


Andre Parker

Wealth Management Consultant

Andre has been working in the financial service industry since 2005. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Association.

Bez Esquivel

Bez Esquivel


Bez merged his finance broking business with Abbotts Finance Brokers in September 2014 and is one of the owners and directors of Abbotts Finance Brokers Pty Ltd. 

Eric Ballard

Eric Ballard

Director, Abbotts Chartered Accountants

Eric has in excess of 15 years of experience providing tax and business services having worked in both mid-tier and boutique advisory firms.

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