Katherine Pollard has been named the NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year by PSA
Ms Pollard, a pharmacy student from the University of New England, was presented the award by PSA NSW Branch President Professor Peter Carroll.
She will now go on to compete against winners from all States and Territories for the national title at PSA’s flagship conference PSA18.
Ms Pollard attributed the win to having grown up in a pharmacy family, serving customers from the age of seven.
A young mother of three, she completed a science degree prior to pharmacy and has balanced study and family to pursue her passion of community pharmacy. She particularly enjoys the patient interaction.
Prof Carroll said the standard of competition was exceptionally high and students stepped up to the challenge.
“All of the NSW finalists were skilled and knowledgeable and displayed an enthusiasm and passion for their profession which was very heartening and encouraging,” Prof Carroll said.
One of the judges said, “This competition shows very clearly that the future of pharmacy is in very capable and committed hands.”
“I was very impressed by how each finalist engaged with the consumer to ask all the right questions when counselling them,” added another judge.
The other finalists were:
- Lauren Arms, University of Newcastle
- Lara Martin, University of Technology Sydney
- Jonathan Phuong, University of Sydney
- Hassan Taoube, Charles Sturt University.
The PSOTY competition is proud to have Mylan as an industry partner.
PSA will hold the PSOTY national final at PSA18 at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on 27 – 29 July 2018.
Further details and registration are available at www.psa18.com<http://www.psa18.com>