Shanae Hancey from Western Australia was named the PSA Pharmacy Student of the Year during a ceremony at the PSA15 gala dinner in Sydney.
Hancey also won the added honour of picking up the audience choice award for the event.
National President of the PSA, Joe Demarte, congratulated Hancey on the achievement and honour of being named the Pharmacy Student of the Year for 2015.
“This is a very prestigious recognition of a student’s commitment and knowledge, and their ability to communicate with consumers,” Demarte says.
“I have been attending this competition for many years and I am constantly encouraged by the quality of young people that our profession attracts.
“The student pharmacists who enter this competition face a very challenging counselling session and during this all competitors this year displayed exceptional communications skills and very deep and diverse clinical knowledge.
“Importantly they were able to engage with their ‘patient’ in a meaningful way that in real circumstances would have very real benefits for the patients they were counselling.”
Demarte says the judges for the competition find the skills of the student are more impressive every year.
“However, Shanae was a standout in a field of very impressive candidates,” he says.
“The Pharmacy Student of the Year award event is a great learning experience for the participants, the profession and the audience as well.”
The eight State, Territory and Wildcard finalists this year were:
- William Caddy, University of WA (wildcard);
- Brighid Carey, University of New England;
- Eloise Glover, Tasmanian School of Pharmacy;
- Shanae Hancey, Curtin University;
- Amanda Horiniak, Monash University;
- Ashlei Mornement, University of Canberra;
- Julia Shatursky, Charles Darwin University; and
- Samuel Turner, Queensland University of Technology.
The PSOTY finalists with NSW Minister for Mental Health, Pru Goward, and PSA National President Joe Demarte; Shanae Hancey is third from left, front row.