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Joyce joins the Qld committee
New PSA Queensland Branch committee
member, Joyce McSwan, was quick to take
on her official duties on 30 May when she
represented PSA at the Griffith University
pharmacy awards evening at Southport.
Joyce joined the Branch Committee in
May to fill the vacancy created when Julie
PSA provided prizes for the best
performance in Years 1--3 and in the
Master of Pharmacy. The winners were
presented with their $500 prize and a
framed certificate by Joyce.
The winners were: First Year,
Daniel Bedding; Year 2, Rebecca Pryce;
Year 3, Polly Witts; and in the Master of
Pharmacy, Holly Vogt.
Pharmacist academics at the Qld University
of Technology (QUT) Health Clinic have
been connecting with the community.
Along with representatives from other
health professions the pharmacist
academics, recently participated in
'widening participation' events for the
community at Gympie -- a widening
participation event for the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander community -- and in
Brisbane -- a widening participation event
for Homeless Connect.
Almost 1,500 people attended the Brisbane
event, including homeless people, those at
risk of homelessness and people without
At each event signs were erected to draw
attention to the pharmacists available on
the day including: Ask a Pharmacist and Ask
about your Medicines.
The pharmacists were kept busy handling
and responding to medicine and health
information enquiries, referring people
on to other health professionals present
on the day (e.g. doctors, nurses and
podiatrists), providing information
on access to medicines and on drug
interactions (both possible/theoretical as
well as symptom-based ADR enquiries), and
discussing how to manage adverse reactions.
Branch committee elections
Professor Greg Kyle has been elected
unopposed as the new ACT Branch
President. He replaces Professor Gabrielle
Cooper. However Professor Cooper was
re-elected as PSA National Board Director
from the ACT.
A new face on the ACT Branch executive
is Kylie Woolcock who was elected as a
vice president. She replaces Professor Kyle.
Bill Kelly was re-elected as the other Vice
President. All were elected unopposed.
The Tasmanian Branch has a new Vice
President following its annual office bearer
elections. Dr Ella Van Tienen replaced Dr Luke
Bereznicki as a Branch Vice President.
Office bearers are: Branch President Dr Shane
Jackson; Joint Vice-Presidents Anne Todd
and Dr Ella Van Tienen; and National Board
Director Dr Luke Bereznicki. All were
Holly Vogt and Joyce McSwan.
Hung Tran and Marea Patounas.
A rst for UNE in NSW
Pharmacy Student of the Year
By Andrew Daniels
The University of New England achieved a
milestone last month when Callan Beesley
its first entrant in the NSW Pharmacy
Student of the Year competition won
Callan was named the NSW Pharmacy
Student of the Year at a reception held as
part of the PSA CPExpo. He beat strong
competition from Rachelle Cutler from the
University of Technology Sydney, Andrew
Allchin from the University of Sydney,
Gemma Courtney from the University of
Newcastle and Seray Goktekin from Charles
This year was the first time that UNE and UTS
had participated in the PSOTY competition,
with its first cohort of pharmacy students
graduating this year.
Callan said it was a 'massive shock' to be
named as the NSW winner.
'I saw the girls [compete] and thought I was
done for, dead in the water! This is a huge
honour for me and I will try to do everyone
proud,' he said.
Professor Ieva Stupans, Head of Pharmacy,
University of New England said: 'The
pharmacy team congratulates Callan, he is
an excellent representative of the University
of New England's pharmacy degree. To have
one of our students in our first final year
cohort recognised by the PSA's judges is a
great endorsement for our program'.
Judges were PSA National President Grant
Kardachi, PSA NSW Branch President John
Bronger, Elizabeth Heiner, a drug counsellor
at Mothersafe who has previously worked
in community and hospital pharmacy and
other information services such as Poisons
Information Line, and Clinical Education
Manager at the Hydration Pharmaceuticals
Trust Sarah Curulli.
Mr Kardachi said that once again judges had
a hard time choosing the winner because of
the very high standard of entrants.
'These young pharmacists are quite
outstanding and their ability to engage with
consumers, gather appropriate information
and formulate a response is remarkable
at their age. Callan displayed all these
attributes and characteristics to take out
Mr Bronger said the standards displayed by
the entrants showed that pharmacy in the
future was in good hands.
'These young pharmacists are confident,
articulate and very knowledgeable.
They really are testament to the fact that
our profession is well equipped to meet
the challenges of the future, and emerge
stronger and better than ever.'
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