Des Lardner is recognised both around Australia and overseas for his
‘best practice’ in pharmacy and his ability to combine traditional and modern medicine. A practicing pharmacist for over 40 years , Des also has a Masters in Herbal Medicine and Honours in Medicinal Chemistry. He has Diplomas in herbal medication, nutrition and homeopathy and also is a consultant pharmacist.
Des has been profiled by numerous publications and media organisations including Channel 9 television program A Current Affair, in recognition of his herbal remedy skills, most notable his Colic mixture which has helped tens of thousands of parents relieve their babies’ pain. Des is still a hot topic of conversation on numerous blogs relating to baby health, where tributes are paid to the man who has helped ‘mothers get their life back’.
Gai Williams’ book ‘No more tears – Colic Relief’ is dedicated to Des and is sold in 48,000 outlets around the globe. The dedication recognises Des’ enduring contribution to the study of natural health for newborns, and his role as inventor of the colic mixture which is now sold nationally as Wilby’s Colic Mixture.
Until 2007 Des was a regional co-ordinator for Continuing Education for Pharmacies which helps update pharmacists on the latest drug technology. While in Boston, USA in 1997 he won a Pharmaceutical Society award for his knowledge of modern medicines. (Professor Jack Thomas Trophy) and in 2012 was awarded a gold medal.
Dimboola Pharmacy has been in existence since 1881.Des Lardner purchased the business from long serving pharmacist Mr Norm Russell who, beginning in Dimboola in 1962, retired in January 2000. Before him, Mr Harold Taylor was pharmacist in Dimboola from the 1920’s from a shop that is now the Banner offices, until Mr Russell amalgamated the two pharmacies that were formally operating in Dimboola. Mr Maurice Collier operated one of Australia’s first Amcal pharmacies in Dimboola until 1962.
The historical society traced Dimboola’s first permanent pharmacy as beginning around the end of 1881. One of the first pharmacists in the region was William Thomas Browne who served the local community until 1914.
In December 2004 Des and Robyn Lardner bought the current premises at 110 Lloyd Street, across the road from the original store. In consultation with Dimboola community, staff and a Melbourne architect, plans have been developed to create an energy-efficient store that promotes Dimboola’s strong heritage links. A large manufacturing room in the Dimboola premises allows further expansion of Des’ popular herbal remedies.
Dimboola Guardian Pharmacy is a small country town pharmacy with a modern city feel. Des prides himself on being a vibrant, proactive employer that believes people are the key to success.
The pharmacy is a hub of activity for the town; it is a store the locals are proud of because of its range of health services, gifts, gadgets and commitment to the Dimboola community.
Des Lardner’s Organic is a holistic natural health and well-being centre located in Horsham, Victoria. Please visit our website for more information http://www.deslardnerorganic.com.au