Another state-wide win for Bendigo pharmacy students

La Trobe University pharmacy student, Sarah Carminati has taken out the Victorian Pharmacy Student of the Year award.

Prof Brian McGaw & Pharmacy Student of the Year Sarah CarminatiThe win makes it five in row for La Trobe University, who have now claimed the prize six out of eight times that the competition has run.

‘This makes us by far the most successful Pharmacy School in Australia in a competition that is run by the pharmacy profession’ said head of the University’s Pharmacy Department, Dr Michael Angove.

‘The fact that our students keep winning and performing at very high level is a great testament to the high quality of our course and of our graduates. We are now recognised in the profession as producing outstanding graduates, and this is reinforced when we win Pharmacy Student of the Year,’ said Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of the Faculty of Science Technology and Engineering.

‘I think it also a great validation of the sort of course we have put together here. Much of the credit for the course must go to pharmacy lecturer, Joy Spark and Emeritus Professor, Kenn Raymond, who have worked terribly hard to establish a curriculum that is quite different from other courses and produces students who are clearly very impressive to the professional organisations within pharmacy. We earn a great deal of prestige by being successful in this competition,' he said.

The Pharmacy Student of the Year competition is centred on communication, clinical knowledge and counselling skills in best pharmacy practice.  Students are presented with a real life pharmacy scenario, where they have to assess the patients’ health care needs in the presence of a panel of judges and an audience.

Ms Carminati said the win was unexpected. ‘When the winner was announced and I heard my name I was definitely shocked!  I never thought I would win, but was extremely happy and honoured to not only represent myself, but also La Trobe University Bendigo.  After the initial shock, I was very happy.’

Originally from Townsville, Queensland, Ms Carminati said choosing to study in Bendigo was easy.

‘La Trobe University Bendigo has an excellent reputation for high quality pharmacy graduates and I’ve enjoyed living and studying in Bendigo.’

Ms Carminati is currently undergoing honours in pharmacy under the supervision of Dr Angove.




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