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The main aim of the congress is to discuss
the past, present and future of the IPSF,
to help continuously improve and evolve
the profession. More importantly, it is
all about having plenty of fun, sharing
experiences with new cultures and
making new friends.
On 13 July, 13 National Australian
Pharmacy Student Association (NAPSA)
representatives journeyed from Australia
to Porto, Portugal, for the 60th World
Congress. These representatives were
off on an unforgettable adventure
with many great memories just around
the corner. In Portugal, they joined
more than 500 delegates from over
70 representative countries.
The world congress provided an excellent
oPORTOnity for future pharmacists from
all corners of the globe to network,
inspire each other and to share ideas
about their own pharmacy experience.
It gives students the chance to experience
different cultures, have adventures with
pharmacy students and more importantly
learn about how pharmacy works outside
their own country.
NAPSA rose to success at the world
congress and was recognised as one of the
top pharmacy student organisations in the
world. NAPSA entered a number of different
competitions and won two of them.
The organisation won the Pharmacy
Awareness Award by Professional
Development Chairperson, David
Cechlovsky. The awards did not stop there.
NAPSA delegates Hayley Hirsch and Aisha
Al Mandy were able to solve the beginner
clinical skills case and were presented with
the award at the gala evening.
NAPSA had a strong voice in this year's
General Assembly with official delegates
Elizabeth Telford (VPSA), Cassandra Lee
(GUAPS) and Michael McIntyre (JCUPSA)
voting on changes in the IPSF Official
Documents, voting in the executive
committee elections, and proposing and
passing motions on behalf of NAPSA,
During the general assembly their most
outstanding achievement came when
James White (VPSA) was elected by the
general assembly as Secretary General for
the 2014-15 to 2015-16 term.
We wish James all the best for his
international leadership role and could
not be more proud of his huge triumph.
NAPSA is also excited to announce that
joining James White is past SUPA member
Mian Zhang who was elected Chairperson
of the Asia Pacific Regional Office of IPSF.
The world congress is composed by
the general assemblies, scientific and
educational program (workshops,
symposia, public health campaigns and
competitions regarding pharmaceutical
BY ELEANNA BALLIS
matter) and of course, an amazing
social program including the opening
ceremony, the excursion day, theme
parties every night and the gala night!
All 13 NAPSA delegates attended the
two days of symposia. The symposiums
on day 3 and day 4 of the Congress
followed the theme of Translational
pharmaceutical Sciences: from the bench
to the patient bedside.
During the educational symposium the
speakers focused on how pharmacy can
be better utilised in a multidisciplinary
health care team and how this could
be developed into some sort of
legal framework. NAPSA bought up
questions to the experienced panel
relevant to Australia including; how
will we be implementing pharmacy in
supermarkets? What should the role of
pharmacy been in immunisations?
During the scientific symposium many
themes were explored; including
translational medicine and looking into
the recent advancements in therapeutics
and biomarkers to make drug treatment
more specific to certain diseases and
Aleksandra Trakilovic (VPSA), one of
NAPSA's delegates, was involved in the
public health campaign (focusing on
cardiovascular screening). Delegates
had the opportunity to walk the Porto
streets encouraging the general public
to take part in the free blood pressure,
cholesterol level and blood glucose
Unfortunately this amazing IPSF world
congress experience was over quicker
than a flash, ending on the 10 August.
The delegates had an amazing time,
leaving with treasured memories, new
friends, learning a phenomenal amount
of facts about our profession and most
of all they had fun. NAPSA is a highly
respected organisation at the world
congress academically and socially and
will continue to spread the spirit of IPSF
to its members.
Eleanna Ballis is the NAPSA Publications Chair.
The International Pharmacy
Students' Federation (IPSF)
World Congress brings together
pharmaceutical students from all
over the world.
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