Queensland University of Technology pharmacy student Samuel Turner has been named the Queensland Pharmacy Student of the Year.
Turner, who was one of eight finalists, will now go on to compete against Pharmacy Student of the Year winners from all other States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.
The other finalists were:
- Adam Parker (Griffith University);
- Brooke Snow (James Cook University);
- Cassandra Lee (Griffith University);
- Danielle Silvestro (James Cook University;
- Jessica Hopgood (University of Queensland);
- Kristy Leathart (Queensland University of Technology); and
- Zara Gannon (University of Queensland.
The judges said all students were outstanding with their counselling skills and it was very close between Jessica Hopgood and Samuel Turner. However Samuel Turner was the overall winner on the day and was presented with a finalist certificate by Regina Cowie.
Judge Jacqueline Kiel says the judges were very impressed with the level of professionalism and communication by all students.
“We were looking for correct clinical recommendations plus additional lifestyle advice; clear and concise communication and for it to be presented in a logical manner with thorough questioning,” she says.
Jan Castrisos and Regina Cowie say the eight finalists were of such a high standard that judging was very difficult.
“Ultimately it came down to the person who was able to show excellent communication skills, in particular, in speaking to the customer,” they say.
“They needed to display empathy as well as excellent clinical knowledge and advice across pharmacological and non-pharmacological means.”
Turner will now go on to compete against winners from all other States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15. being held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from 31 July to 2 August 2015.