New president for students’ association


Jessica Hsiao
Jessica Hsiao.

NAPSA has a new president: Jessica Hsiao, who is currently in her fourth year of pharmacy study in South Australia

Miss Hsiao is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Pharmacy/Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Honours) at the University of South Australia.

She will be joined on the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association Board by seven newly elected Executive Directors:

  • Eliza Herd (University of Newcastle, Newcastle) – Secretary;
  • Tina Blefari (University of South Australia, Adelaide) – Treasurer;
  • Teana Didsbury (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane);
  • Lily Pham (University of Sydney, Sydney);
  • Stephanie Salvatore (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne);
  • Joshua Hogben (University of South Australia, Adelaide); and
  • Alicia Martin (University of Canberra, Canberra).

Miss Hsiao said she looks forward to an exciting term ahead and acknowledged the work of her predecessor,Sandra Minas.

“I am very excited to work with the incoming board and we will continue to build on the work NAPSA does for our members and strengthen our partnerships with industry bodies,” said Miss Hsiao.

Immediate Past President Sandra Minas congratulated Miss Hsiao and the new board on their appointment.

“I have no doubt that Jess will be able to achieve great things, with qualities that will see her lead the new board and association to success over the next 12 months,” she said.

“I had the pleasure of working alongside Jess as Executive Director of Media and Publications during my term. I know first-hand that she will continue to deliver with her strong passion and drive.

“I wish Jess and the new board the very best with their upcoming term… NAPSA is in great hands and with so many fresh faces I can’t wait to see them build and shape the association.”

NAPSA’s Annual Dinner, held over the weekend, was not only a celebration of the past 12 months but also a celebration of NAPSA’s 70 years.

Each year an outstanding individual from the profession is invited to provide insight on their journey through pharmacy and this year, Catherine Bronger was guest speaker.

Miss Minas said, “Catherine is an individual who has contributed immensely to the profession, instilled positivity and passion in her colleagues as well as students. She is definitely an inspiration for so many NAPSA members, especially as she was a previous Vice President of NAPSA.

“It was amazing to hear from such a successful and motivated pharmacist who has achieved so much in the profession.”

Other special guests included NAPSA’s principal sponsor the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, major sponsors the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and representatives from Mylan, the Pharmacy Board of Australia, Fullife Foundation, Star Pharmacy Group and Raven’s Recruitment.

Best branch is a prestigious prize awarded to a branch who have shown a high level of commitment and passion to NAPSA over the year.

In her final duties as President, Miss Minas awarded Best Branch to the South Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (SAPSA).

Finally Miss Minas had the pleasure of inducting Catherine Bronger (University of Sydney, Sydney University Pharmacy Student Association President 2004/2005, NAPSA Vice-President 2004/2005) as an Honorary Life Member of NAPSA.

Miss Minas said that she would like to thank all of NAPSA’s sponsors and the pharmacy industry for their continued support. NAPSA would not be so highly accomplished, 70 years on, without this support, she said.

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1 Comment

  1. D.Pharm
    17/07/2018

    Congratulations Jess! (Han-Fang)

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