Graduate oversupply, discount model pharmacies and low wages are the top concerns for current undergraduate pharmacy students, a NAPSA student survey has found.
NAPSA surveyed 833 pharmacy students from 19 universities around Australia.
“The 2014 NPSS asserted for the fourth year running that the top concern of pharmacy students was graduate oversupply and a growing concern around discount pharmacies and poor pharmacist salaries,” says Kieran Ferguson, NAPSA’s Industrial Affairs Committee Chair.
National president Sam Turner says the results are of great concern to the industry and these perceptions or issues needed to be addressed.
The survey also showed significant interest from students who wanted to experience rural university placements: funding was considered the main restriction for most, with 85% indicating they would be more willing to commit to a rural placement if further funding was available.
Mental health and pharmacy business management remain areas where students believe their degrees are lacking, the survey showed.
NAPSA says in the past year many university member associations have opted to provide their members with Mental Health First Aid certificate opportunities.
“In response to the survey we’ve also ensured our upcoming NAPSA congress provides further education in these areas,” Ferguson says.
The Congress will be held at the Gold Coast’s Griffith University from 24 to 30 January.