Who will be crowned the top student?

The Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) award state finalists have been announced

The state finalists for the 2021 Viatris Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) award have been selected, with the national final scheduled to take place at PSA’s national conference scheduled for late July.

State winners include:

ACT: Juliet Contreras (University of Canberra)

NSW: Stephanie Worden (University of Newcastle)

QLD: Zoe Robinson (Queensland University of Technology)

SA/NT: Dharshan Rasiah (University of South Australia)

TAS: Ashlee Shaw (University of Tasmania)

VIC: Alex Lotric (Monash University)

WA: Allira Payne (University of Western Australia)

The NAPSA wildcard winner, Ma Christel Joyce Manuel (University of Western Australia), will also join the state winners at the national final.

During the national final, students will be tested with a real-life clinical situation, where a patient will present with signs and symptoms or a specific product request.

Students are then required to use their clinical knowledge and emotional intelligence to identify the most appropriate course of treatment and tailor their counselling skills to provide the most appropriate advice.

A judging panel assesses all state finalists, subsequently selecting the national winner.

PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, said that these awards provide pharmacy students with an opportunity to learn and grow as professionals.

“It is wonderful to see such a high quality of pharmacy students competing this year, and I congratulate all the state winners who will be competing in the national PSOTY final,” he said.

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