About Us

I Am:
  • A local girl
  • A  wife
  • A daughter and grand-daughter
  • A business person
  • A supporter of the community
  • A health care professional
I Am – Amcal

My family has been in business in Narrabri for 65 years starting with my grandfather, Gordon McDonald who passed it on to my father, John McDonald.

I knew in year 8 that I wanted to be a pharmacist as a result of a wonderful science teacher, Mr Wilsmore at Narrabri High School. I did work experience in year 10 at Bruce Irelands Pharmacy and worked during school holidays in the family business until I began university in 1999, gaining entry into pharmacy at the prestigious Sydney University.

Whilst attending university I worked in a number of pharmacies including Harrisons Pharmacy at Broadway and Burwood Amcal Pharmacy where I learnt valuable skills. During university holidays I returned home and worked at Justin Flannery Pharmacy where I completed my registration year.

After passing my final written and oral pharmacy board examination I was registered on 11th February 2004 and purchased the pharmacy I had worked in for the last 5 years on the 11th June 2004, aged 23 becoming the youngest female to own a pharmacy on her own in NSW and one of the youngest in Australia.

In 2005 Camstart Pharmacy became a member of Amcal. In September of 2005 I met my husband, Martin Browne, a local boy and stalwart of the Narrabri Blue Boars Rugby Union Club who joined me a year later in the business. After celebrating 5 years of business and passing the Quality Care Pharmacy Program accreditation with flying colours Martin and I celebrated our engagement and a year to the day the following year we married and welcomed our first child, a beautiful baby girl, Carrington in March 2013 and celebrated our 9th year of business.

We are proud to offer all your pharmaceutical solutions under one roof including blood pressure, blood sugar level and cholesterol testing which is available everyday for free with no appointment necessary. We are a Diabetes Australia access pint and are accredited to do Cardiocheck and Cardiovascular screening as well as hearing screening and are running Medscheck and Diabetes Medscheck programs.  Camstart Pharmacy is an exclusive stockist of Napoleon Perdis, with qualified make up artists on staff, Clarins and Homy Ped shoes and have leading  brands such as Ethical Nutrients, Endura, Nature’s Own, Bio-Organics and Blackmores Vitamins. We also have the Be Good To Yourself weight loss program and a sports trainer on hand with 20 years of experience for all your sports medicine solutions. We are also a stockist for Tommee Tippee and Avent baby ranges with baby weighing available everyday and Webstercare webster packs. We have a huge range of men’s and ladies French fragrance and giftware lines and being an Amcal we are proud to offer our loyalty program were you are rewarded for spending.

We are proud to support the local community in every way we can as we have done so since the very start and thank the Narrabri district for their support over the last 9 years. We look forward to serving you for many years to come with the same professional and expert advice that you have come to trust.

Catherine, Martin and the Camstart Amcal team are your health care experts.