White was appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The appointment honours “distinguished service to the pharmacy profession, particularly through contributions to education and retail management practices, and as a role model for women in business”.
Terry White Chemists deputy chairman, Ron Higham, said the honour is well‐ arned recognition for “an outstanding role model who delights in giving back”.
“Rhonda is as brilliant as she is generous of her time and I am pleased to see her recognised for the contribution she has made,” Higham said.
“Her foresight, insight and passion have been major drivers in the shift from the corner chemist shop of days gone by, to the professional retail pharmacies we see today.
“There are countless students who have been influenced and inspired by Rhonda and the same can be said of people in all forms of business.”
A pharmacist since 1963, White opened her first pharmacy in Clontarf, Queensland in 1964.
She is the co‐founder of the $1.1 billion Terry White Chemists network of 168 individually owned pharmacies and has been pivotal to its growth.
The Terry White Chemists network employs more than 4500 people and White has current interests in six pharmacies.
White said she was honoured to be named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
“I see this award as appreciation for the hundreds of Australians who get up every day with the intention of making a difference ‐ everyday heroes, who often go unrecognised,” she said.
White is an inductee of the Queensland Business Leaders’ Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy and a ‘Doctor of the University’, (Griffith University).