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Incoming NAPSA executive
Sam Turner a third year student from
Queensland University of Technology has
been elected as the National Australian
Pharmacy Students' Association (NAPSA)
President for 2014--15.
He was elected at NAPSA's Annual General
Meeting on the Gold Coast in early July.
The incoming Executive Committee is: Vice
President Lauren Haworth (University of
Tasmania), Secretary Samara McInerney
(University of South Australia) and Treasurer
John Traynor (La Trobe University).
Sam was president of the QUT student
pharmacy association in 2013. He
grew up in Brisbane and has worked in
community pharmacy for seven years
since he was 14. As a front of shop staff
member he was part of the team at the
2008 pharmacy of the year, Terry White
Chemist Myer Centre, and I has worked
there ever since.
'I didn't decide I wanted to study
pharmacy until I was halfway through my
first year of exercise science in 2011,' Sam
told Australian Pharmacist. 'I have a passion
for leadership and make it my personal
goal to inspire others to be leaders.'
Sam said he looked forward to serving
NAPSA members and acknowledged the
fine work of his predecessor Mr Xavier
'Over the past year, Xavier has lifted NAPSA's
image and profile within the pharmacy
profession significantly. He invested a lot
in the professional development and
upskilling of our national council and
as a result we have been able to grow
our advocacy activates. It is my wish to
continue this vital work.
'In particular, I look forward to establishing
relationships with government officials,
ministers and members of parliament
and work towards securing a prosperous
future for our members. I also look forward
to collaborating with our professional
pharmacy colleagues at the Guild, PSA
and SHPA to achieve this common goal,'
The six Committee Chairs are:
• Education: Caitlyn Burke (Charles Sturt
University, Wagga Wagga)
• Industrial Affairs: Kieran Ferguson
• International Pharmacy Students
Federation: Izzie Telford (Monash
• Pharmacy Awareness: Benjamin Johns
• Publications: Eleanna Ballis (Charles
Sturt University, Wagga Wagga)
• Rural and Indigenous Health: Ellie
Butina (Charles Sturt University, Orange)
NAPSA also affiliated two new branches
at the meeting. These branches
represent students studying pharmacy
at the University of Technology Sydney
and University of Newcastle. NAPSA now
represents students from 18 pharmacy
At the NAPSA annual dinner held on the
same weekend, Chris Braithwaite (Past
President 2012-13) was awarded Honorary
Life Membership. Immediate Past
President Xavier Agostino, acknowledged
the contributions Mr Braithwaite made to
NAPSA in his time on National Council.
Monash Gold Medallist
Victorian Vice President Benjamin
Marchant presented the PSA Gold Medal
to Monash graduate Ms Suat Yong
Kee for her academic excellence in the
Monash B Pharm program.
Ms Kee is the eldest child in her family and
had to put her internship on hold to return
to Malaysia to look after her mother and
family after her mother had a stroke.
When receiving her award at the Monash
awards ceremony on 25 June, Ms Kee
said: 'I would like to take this opportunity
to express my deepest thank you for your
'The academic awards are very
meaningful to me and my family. I really
appreciate their recognition of my
academic achievements. I am proud to be
part of Monash University and I promise
to become a good pharmacist to serve
the community in the future.'
Ms Kee hopes to take up a hospital intern
placement in Malaysia, and is also keen to
complete a PhD in oncology and neurology.
Mr Marchant said that it was great to
recognise the academic achievements of
the young generation, and congratulated
Ms Kee and wished her well in her future
'It is very inspiring to see such great
academic achievements from the
students and I am confident that this
will be translated to a strong culture of
practice excellence in the many years to
come,' he said.
New College Board
ACT-based pharmacist Patrick Reid has
been elected President of the Australian
College of Pharmacy Board.
Mr Reid has been a member of the
College for 13 years.
He said: 'This month I was honoured to
become the President of the College.
The other Executive members are Vice
President Georgina Twomey, Director
Finance and Audit Peter Saccasan and
Dr Treasure McGuire. The remaining Board
members are Sue Holzberger, Professor
Mike Roberts and Xavier Agostino.
'The College holds a unique place in
the pharmacy landscape as it is not
a representative peak body but has
potential to change pharmacy practice
and approaches to application of
pharmacist knowledge, foster innovation
and to educate the sector not only on
current topics but areas of future interest,'
Mr Reid said.
'The Board is committed to innovation
and driving practice change through
education, programs and practical
application of knowledge to industry.'
ˆ Xavier Agostino and Sam Turner.
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