Canberra graduate honoured with Gold Medal Award

Dr Kathleen Otto has been honoured with a prestigious award sponsored by the PSA

University of Canberra (UC) pharmacy graduate Dr Kathleen Otto received the Gold Medal Award, presented at the Canberra Student Pharmacy Association (CaSPA) Ball on Saturday 1 April.

Gold Medal Award winner Dr Kathleen Otto

She was awarded for being the best overall student completing the Master of Pharmacy by coursework degree with a minimum of a distinction over the entire course.

PSA ACT Branch Director Caroline Khalil said she was delighted to present the Award to Dr Otto in recognition of her outstanding effort and achievement.

“Kathleen comes from regional Queensland and has returned to complete her internship at Toowoomba Hospital. It’s pleasing to see pharmacists returning to their communities to contribute, particularly in regional areas where they have so much to offer as healthcare professionals,” Ms Khalil said.

PSA ACT Branch President Patrick Reid congratulated Dr Otto, saying the standard expected to win the Award was high.

“As the peak national body for all pharmacists, PSA is proud to once again sponsor this Award, especially when we see the incredible calibre of pharmacists graduating from the university,” Mr Reid said.

“The skills and knowledge displayed by pharmacists, plus their strong commitment and enthusiasm, highlights that the future of Australia’s pharmacy profession is in excellent hands.

“I sincerely congratulate Dr Otto as well as all of the UC pharmacy graduates displaying excellence in their pharmacy studies.  They are wonderful ambassadors for both the university and their chosen profession.”

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