Tassie takes top gong


Isle Pharmacy team from Utas (L-R): Alison Hay, Monique Scott, Caitlin O'Keefe and Madeline Spencer.
The 2017 winning team from Utas (L-R): Alison Hay, Monique Scott, Caitlin O'Keefe and Madeline Spencer

Outstanding students from the University of Tasmania have taken out this year’s National Student Business Plan Competition

The winners, announced at the Pharmacy Connect conference in Sydney over the weekend, had presented as pharmacists from the fictitious ‘Isle Pharmacy’.

Alison Hay, Monique Scott, Caitlin O’Keefe and Madeline Spencer won the competition with their idea to implement a program to assist the visually impaired through medication management, facilitating patient independence.

The two runners up were a joint team from La Trobe and Monash University, and a joint team from James Cook University, the University of Queensland and the University of South Australia.

pharmacy connect 2017 student finalists
The finalists awaiting the announcement at Pharmacy Connect Gala Dinner 2017.

The competition was open to all pharmacy schools across Australia and New Zealand, and this year’s finalists had risen to the top of the 14 entries received.

The National Student Business Plan Competition is an initiative of the Pharmacy Guild and sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare (principal sponsor), EBOS (major sponsor), Gold Cross Products and Services and Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL).

The sponsorship provides $15,000 in cash prizes to the finalists, as well as the opportunity for the students to attend Pharmacy Connect 2017.

Runners up from La Trobe University and Monash University, presenting as PharmHealth.
Runners up from James Cook Uni/UQ/UniSA
Runners up from James Cook Uni/UQ/UniSA, presenting as New Life Pharmacy.

“The National Student Business Plan Competition is designed to promote creative entrepreneurship among pharmacy students and encourage the development of viable, innovative, pharmacist-owned community pharmacies,” says the Pharmacy Guild.

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