The Future of Pharmacy Has Never Looked So Bright - NAPSA at PSA17
The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) would like to thank the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) for an inspiring weekend in Sydney at the PSA17 conference. NAPSA felt honoured to be able to contribute to the conference through a dedicated NAPSA lounge and invited speakers.
Immediate Past President, Shefali Parekh, represented NAPSA on the first all-women panel in pharmacy, alongside Rhonda White AO, Debbie Rigby, Melissa McGregor, Victoria Rutter and Emma McBride MP, which was facilitated by Dr Alison Roberts. Ms Parekh said, “the women in leadership panel was not so much about women as it was about this universal need for both men and women to ensure their skills and talents get recognised on an equal playing field. We all study and graduate with the same qualification…while 70% of pharmacy students and interns that make up the profession in Australia are female, it can be difficult for women – particularly young women – to speak up in the workplace.”
“The NAPSA board is showing female dominance with currently 6 out of 8 executive directors being female. This is a reflection of what the profession could look like in the future and that’s exciting.”
NAPSA President, Sandra Minas, said, “As the future of pharmacy changes, the perspective of women in the workforce needs to as well and NAPSA will be with this change every step of the way.”
NAPSA’s position on rural pharmacy was voiced by past Executive Director of Internal Affairs, Angelica Lagoda, at the rural pharmacy forum. Ms Lagoda said, “Of the 29% of students who completed a rural or regional placement...over two-thirds of those were positively swayed to consider rural placement in the future. It's really encouraging to see that for the most part those students who complete a rural placement are having positive experiences resulting in more open-minded graduates and pharmacists of the future.” The importance of students and pharmacists going rural is becoming increasingly evident and this is something NAPSA will continue to support, promoting these opportunities to our members.
NAPSA would like to extend its congratulations to Jessica Bailey (Monash University, Victoria) for winning the national Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) competition held at PSA17, and Jessica Joseph (University of Technology Sydney, NSW) for winning the People's Choice Award. Ms Minas said, “this competition is an amazing opportunity for students to show the industry how we are able to overcome challenging clinical situations and always dedicate our knowledge to our patients. We would like to thank the PSA and the sponsors of the PSOTY competition, Mylan and API who make this possible.” NAPSA encourages increased participation in the PSOTY competition on a state level and looks forward to seeing the competition continue to grow each year.
“The future of pharmacy has never looked so bright and we all, as students, have the incredible ability to mould this future into whatever we would like it to be,” said Ms Minas. NAPSA is proud to continue their partnership with the PSA, working together to better the future of the profession. The PSA17 conference only solidified the vision that the PSA has for this profession and NAPSA are excited to be apart of it.
National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association
Sandra Minas 0490 107 049
Shefali Parekh 0422 394 905
Angelica Lagoda 0449 013 753