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Alice Hashiguchi from University of Western Australia is Pharmacy Student of the Year for 2019

Alice Hashiguchi from the University of Western Australia has won the 2019 PSA Mylan Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) Award, announced at the PSA19 Gala Dinner in Sydney tonight.

“I feel absolutely honoured to win,” Ms Hashiguchi told AJP.

“I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to come to this amazing event and then to meet fellow students as well, it was just lovely. It’s been a crazy opportunity, I’m so happy.”

Her favourite part of student life was “meeting likeminded people who have the same interest and passion in medicines and health, and always being able to learn off each other. And also being able to meet professionals at events such as PSA19.”

Ms Hashiguchi is setting her sights on an internship role in the hospital pharmacy sector in WA.

PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman congratulated Ms Hashiguchi on her exceptional achievement.

“The PSOTY Award gives outstanding pharmacy students the chance to showcase their counselling skills to their peers and the wider profession,” Dr Freeman said.

“We saw many rising stars of pharmacy apply their clinical knowledge and communication skills in this year’s competition.”

Kiralee Gross from James Cook University took home the People’s Choice award.

The judges were impressed by the strong field of finalists:

  • Alice Hashiguchi, University of Western Australia
  • Kiralee Gross, James Cook University
  • Alyssa Murray, University of Queensland
  • Patrick Bevan, University of Tasmania
  • Sadaf Keshtiar, Monash University
  • Samuel Watts, Monash University
The student finalists.
The student finalists.

This year’s competition was once again sponsored by Mylan. The winner receives the National Travel Prize for pharmacy-specific education of an expenses-paid trip to a pharmacy conference.

Mylan Country Manager Sylvain Vigneault spoke of the organisation’s ongoing support of pharmacy students.

“Mylan has been a proud supporter the Pharmacy Student of the Year award since its inception. 

“We recognise the important contribution that pharmacists make in facilitating better patient outcomes within their community. We feel strongly about encouraging pharmacy students to learn, grow and explore the role they will play, delivering better health in Australia,” he said. 

“PSA thanks Mylan for their ongoing support of this award,” Dr Freeman said.

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