The NAPSA Congress on the Gold Coast saw more than 350 pharmacy students from 19 universities around Australia meet at Griffith University to find out what’s in their future.
The Congress theme was Step into the future, a future beyond the counter.
National president Sam Turner says the students were inspired by the speakers, who included keynote speaker Rhonda White, co-founder of Terry White Chemists; PSA president Grant Kardachi; Pharmacist of the Year Lindy Swain; and Dr Lisa Nissen, Chris Campbell and Tim Logan, who spoke about the future of pharmacy in immunisation.
“The amount of change in the industry is challenging, but at the same time very exciting as there are more opportunities than ever for pharmacists to be [more] involved in health care,” says NAPSA president Sam Turner.
“Students are excited about future prospects and they want to be involved. It was important to foster this at NAPSA Congress and I believe we’ve done so.”
Throughout the week the students raised money for the Pharmacists’ Support Service, via a trivia night, silent auction and raffle.
The final amount raised was over $5000, which will go towards the support PSS provides pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy students across the country.