University of Canberra pharmacy student Ashlei Mornement has been named as the ACT Pharmacy Student of the Year.
Mornement, a Master of Pharmacy student (final year), will now go on to compete against Pharmacy Student of the Year winners from all other States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.
The judges for the competition were Associate Professor Greg Kyle, Dr Lynn Cheong and Associate Professor Mark Naunton.
Assoc Prof Kyle said the three finalists – Mornement, Kayla Lee and Therese Pham – were very close and it was a borderline decision.
Mornement was a standout among the finalists because of her ability to communicate the clinical problem to the patient, A/Prof Kyle says.
“She was very confident and impressed the judges with her patient focus and ability.”
Head of Pharmacy at the University of Canberra, Assoc Prof Mark Naunton says Mornement has a very caring nature and appeared to have significant empathy for the patient.
“The competitors displayed very good clinical acumen skills, with each of them solving the clinical scenario quickly with effective communication to the patient,” A/Prof Naunton said after the competition.
“We wish Ashlei all the best in the national competition.”
Mornement will now go on to compete against winners from all other States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.
Under the theme of ‘Leading Pharmacy Innovation’, PSA15 is being held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from 31 July to 2 August 2015.