Shanae Hancey is WA Student of the Year

Shanae Hancey receives her award

Curtin University pharmacy student Shanae Hancey has been named as the West Australian Pharmacy Student of the Year.

The announcement was made during the recent WA Annual Seminar. Ms Hancey, a Master of Pharmacy student, will now go on to compete against winners from all other States and Territories vying for the national title at PSA15.

The judges for the competition were Jonathan Soggee, Early Career Pharmacist WA Chair; Bridgett McKay, the 2015 WA Pharmacist of the Year; and Mark Lock, WA PSA Branch Committee member.

Mr Soggee said Ms Hancey had been a standout among the finalists for her communication skills and her clinical knowledge.

“She was very confident and impressed the judges with her deep-understanding and ability,” Mr Soggee said.

Ms McKay said the standard of competitors was exceptionally high and reflected the strong learning environment for pharmacy students in Western Australia.

“The competitors displayed very good communications skills and all were very adept at engaging with the ‘customer’ and communicating with them. They were all a credit to their universities,” she said.

Mr Lock said he was very impressed by the calibre of students who presented during the competition and by their ability to adapt to their customers’ needs.

“They really were very strong communicators and were able to incorporate  this skill with a very thorough clinical knowledge to produce the best and most appropriate advice for the scenario.”

The PSOTY competition is proud to have as industry partners API and Alphapharm.

The other finalists were:

  • Curtin University Bachelor of Pharmacy Course: Melissa Hattingh
  • UWA Master of Pharmacy Course: Amy Swerlowycz.

The national finals of the PSOTY competition will be conducted at PSA15 being held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 31 July – 2 August 2015.  Further details and registration are available at

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