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The National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association (NAPSA)
welcomed more than 350 pharmacy students to its annual Congress in
the last week of January.
Students gathered to celebrate the
progression into the future and to learn
how they could be at the forefront of
change with delegates coming from as far
away as Tasmania and Western Australia.
With students from 19 universities the
week gave many a great opportunity
to network and meet students from
After a strong opening from NAPSA
Alumni Daniel Rifkin on creating a
movement, the scene was set for a
challenging week. With leadership and
future practice as the key focus, students
were inspired by education sessions
from a great array of speakers from many
Keynote speaker Rhonda White AO,
co-founder of Terry White Chemists,
motivated students to Go Fetch the Future.
Other notable speakers included PSA
President Grant Kardachi, rural pharmacist
and 2014 Pharmacist of the Year Lindy
Dr Lisa Nissen, Chris Campbell and
Tim Logan spoke about the future of
pharmacist-delivered vaccination, and
SHPA President Prof Michael Dooley who
highlighted the futures of clinical practice.
National President Sam Turner said,
'The amount of change in the industry
is challenging, but at the same time very
exciting as there are more opportunities
than ever for pharmacists to be greater
involved in healthcare.
'Students are excited about future
prospects and they want to be involved.
It was important to foster this at NAPSA
Congress and I believe we've done so.
We've created a movement.'
Students were also challenged to talk to
patients about the things 'nobody wants
to talk about' and explored topics such as
erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence
and sexually transmitted disease testing
in pharmacy, which provided a great
opportunity for puns on Twitter.
NAPSA makes waves on the
BY CASSANDRA LEE & JOHN QUINN
Cassandra Lee is the Organising Chair and John Quinn
is the Publications Chair of NAPSA.
Throughout the week students raised
money for the Pharmacists' Support Service
(PSS) by running a Trivia night, silent auction
and raffle throughout the course of the
event. The final amount raised was over
$5,000 for PSS to help provide pharmacists,
pharmacy interns and pharmacy students
throughout Australia every day of the year.
Another highlight of the week was the
Industry Trade Show on the 28 January,
at which 28 industry exhibits provided
valuable time for students to network with
The final event of the week was the
gala ball, at which a plethora of awards
were presented. William Caddy from
the University of WA was awarded both
Spirit of Congress and NAPSA Wildcard
entry into the Pharmacy Student of the
Year competition. James Cook University
Pharmacy Students' Association (JCUPSA)
took out the Les Cashen Perpetual NAPSA
Trophy for Best Branch. Tyler Fenton (UTAS)
was recognised for his contribution to the
education program and the Organising
Committee Appreciation Award was given
to Onur Karatas (Griffith University) for
his great effort in assisting the committee
throughout the week.
Many thanks also to the sponsors,
volunteers and delegates for their ongoing
dedication and support and the invaluable
dedication of the Gold Coast Congress
Organising Committee to create the
movement that is NAPSA Congress.
NAPSA would like to acknowledge:
Tanika Neville (Vice-Organising Chair),
Sally-Anne Knowles (Treasurer), Chloe
Marchmont (Secretary), Rebecca Pryce
(Education Chair), Brittany Armstrong
and Katarina Crouch (Social Chairs),
John Quinn (Publications Chair), Tanya
Cook (Registrations Chair), Ally Barford
(Volunteers Chair) and Melanie Durso
(Logistics Chair) for their hardwork over
the past year and a half to bring NAPSA
Congress to life.
Next year's NAPSA Congress will be hosted
at James Cook University Townsville with
final dates to be announced
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