Brighid Carey is top NSW student

Brighid Carey receives her award from Dr Chapman

University of New England pharmacy student Brighid Carey has been named the NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year and will now go on to compete against winners from all States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.

Carey was presented the award by Vice-President of the NSW Branch of PSA, John Chapman, at the weekend.

Chapman says the competition once again was of an exceptionally high standard, and the standard rises every year.

“As one of the judges I was very impressed by the extremely high calibre of students who presented during the competition,” Chapman says.

“The competitors were skilled and knowledgeable and displayed an enthusiasm and passion for their profession which was very heartening and encouraging.”

The PSOTY competition’s industry partners are API and Alphapharm. Andrew Rewell from API and Charbel Azzi from Alphapharm joined Chapman and Domenica Baskin (NSW PSA Continuing Professional Development Manager) on the judging panel.

Azzi says each and every finalist is a credit to the profession.

“This competition showed very clearly that the future of pharmacy is in very capable and committed hands,” he says.

Rewell says it is encouraging to see how knowledgeable and skilled the young students were.

“I was very impressed by their  advanced knowledge levels and how they engaged with the consumer to ask all the right questions when counselling them,” he says.

The other finalists were:

  • Sami Issac Sami from the University of Sydney
  • Luke Harb from the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Jessica O’Donnell from the University of Newcastle
  • Lucy Kennedy from Charles Sturt University

The national finals of the PSOTY competition will be conducted at PSA15 being held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 31 July – 2 August 2015.  Further details and registration are available at

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