Students shine at pharmacy conference


Image: South Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (SAPSA).

Good vibes and dance moves took centre stage at the NAPSA Congress Ball, with top members awarded for their dedication and enthusiasm

Early last week pharmacy students descended upon Sydney for NAPSA Congress 2018, and the event finally came to a close with a ball held in Darling Harbour on Sunday night.

After a week of learning and networking, the students celebrated a productive week on the dance floor – but not without first announcing the bright stars among their peers.

NAPSA announced Gabrielle Wilson from La Trobe University in Bendigo, Victoria as the Wild Card entry to the PSA’s Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) Competition for 2018.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson presented the award to Ms Wilson on Sunday night.

Gabby Wilson and Dr Shane Jackson.
Gabby Wilson and Dr Shane Jackson.

“I’m extremely grateful, excited and nervous all at the same time!” Ms Wilson told AJP upon being chosen as the Wild Card finalist.

“I hope to make the most of the opportunity and use it to better myself as a future pharmacist.

“It’s inspiring to see so many passionate and dedicated people trying to be the best they can be!”

PSA's Dr Shane Jackson addresses delegates.
PSA’s Dr Shane Jackson addresses delegates.

Dr Jackson addressed delegates, calling on students to harness their youthful “energy” for the pharmacy profession, while NAPSA president Sandra Minas inspired her peers with a speech on the bright future for pharmacy students.

NAPSA President Sandra Minas addresses delegates on the final day of Congress.
NAPSA President Sandra Minas addresses delegates on the final day of Congress.

It was also announced that delegates raised over $10,000 for their chosen Congress Charity, the White Cloud Foundation, a health not-for-profit organisation that provides early intervention services for Australians with or at risk of developing depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or perinatal depression.

The University of Canberra branch of NAPSA (CaSPA) won the Young Blood award for this year’s Health Students Blood Challenge, while the winner of the challenge with the highest number of overall blood donations was the Tasmanian Association of Pharmacy Students (TAPS).

Alicia Martin from CaSPA poses with her branch’s Youngblood Award for the Health Students Blood Challenge
Alicia Martin from CaSPA poses with her branch’s Youngblood Award for the Health Students Blood Challenge

University of Canberra pharmacy student and team member of the Wanni White Coats, John Culhane (pictured below, left) was chosen for the Spirit of Congress Award.

And CaSPA scored another award for best branch (Les Chashen Team Spirit Award).

And a surprise flash dance also happened, with students following in the footsteps of the PSA and its conference tradition from the past few years (video courtesy of Dr Jackson):

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