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NAPSA says Scrap the Cap
By Xavier Agostino
The incoming National Australian Pharmacy Student's Association (NAPSA)
National Council was quick to add its support to the Scrap the Cap campaign.
Within a week after being elected the
Council joined the long line of organisations
opposing government plans to cap self-
NAPSA expressed its concern over the
effect on early career pharmacists if tax
deductions for self-education are capped.
Our members do not want to see a future
that will restrict their ability to advance
their knowledge and broaden their skill set.
NAPSA is worried that this proposed cap
will place financial strain on pharmacists
and promote complacency in pharmacy
Raveena Chadha, NAPSA's Education
Committee Chair said, 'Our members have
always been highly motivated students who
willingly seek out educational opportunities
outside of their university courses. However
we are worried that the proposed cap will
dampen this motivation'.
NAPSA hopes that its members will carry
the high level of motivation that they
currently display towards educational
opportunities offered by NAPSA into
the workforce. It is also aware of the
implications that the proposed cap will
have on pharmacy students considering
rural or remote pharmacy as a potential
There is no reason to erect a cap on self-
education expenses and add to the list
of barriers that are currently preventing
graduates from pursuing a career in rural
or remote pharmacy. Instead we should be
looking towards enablers that encourage
students to venture out to these areas
where quality health professionals are in
NAPSA National Council
The National Australian Pharmacy Students'
Association (NAPSA) council for 2013--14
was elected at its Annual General Meeting
in Brisbane in early July.
I am honoured to have been elected as
the new NAPSA national President for the
The National Council is comprised of an
outstanding group of pharmacy students
and I look forward to working with the
Executive, Committee Chairs and National
Councillors to unveil NAPSA's full potential to
the pharmacy profession.
Worthy of particular note is that NAPSA's
Rural and Indigenous Committee Chair,
Teana Mangion, is the first committee chair
in NAPSA's history to be elected from TEPSA
(Top End Pharmacy Students' Association) at
Charles Darwin University (CDU) which only
recently affiliated to NAPSA.
'NAPSA is delighted to see TEPSA come
so far in such a short period of time.
Teana's election as NAPSA's Rural and
Indigenous Health Committee Chair shows
her outstanding ability to lead pharmacy
students on both a local and national level.
The incoming Executive and Committee
Chairs were formally announced at the
Annual NAPSA dinner after the AGM. The
evening was sponsored by Pharmaceutical
The incoming NAPSA National Executive is:
• National President Xavier Agostino (RMIT
• Vice President Adam Livori (Latrobe
• Secretary Elleicia Box (University of
• Treasurer Matthew Tom (Charles Sturt
Committee Chairs are: Education --
Raveena Chadha (Monash University);
Industrial Affairs -- Mel Johnson (University
of Tasmania); International Pharmacy
Students Federation -- Natalie Maher (James
Cook University); Pharmacy Awareness --
Lauren Haworth (University of Tasmania);
Publications -- Cassandra Lee (Griffith
University), and; Rural and Indigenous Health
-- Teana Mangion (Charles Darwin University).
Two Honorary Life Memberships were
awarded on the evening.
Timothy Mizzi (Past President 2011/2012)
was recognised for his contributions to
NAPSA over many years. Adam Phillips (Past
President 2002/2003) was also recognised
for his contributions to NAPSA, particularly
for his involvement in NAPSA's reformation
NAPSA is also announced that the 2015
National Congress will be hosted by the
Griffith University Association of Pharmacy
Students (GUAPS), chaired by Jon Cooper.
Xavier Agostino is the NAPSA National
President for 2013-14.
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