Pharmacy students converge on Bendigo

La Trobe University’s Head of Campus, Robert Stephenson has this week welcomed 260 pharmacy students from across Australia to Bendigo. 

The contingent of students arrived on Saturday 25 January to enjoy social activities across the weekend and Australia Day celebrations before the commencement of the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association’s (NAPSA) 2014 national congress on Monday.  

‘We are delighted to welcome the 260 students from 16 universities to our campus and are pleased to be the first city in regional Victoria to host the NAPSA congress,’ said Mr Stephenson.

Mr Stephenson said that the choice of Bendigo for the congress recognises the important role that La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus has played in pharmacy education.

‘Congratulations are due to the Bendigo congress organising committee, under the chair of La Trobe University pharmacy student, John Traynor, on their initiative and effort expended into winning the right to host the congress in Bendigo.

‘This is a great opportunity to showcase La Trobe University’s pharmacy course and the important research being undertaken at the progressive, growing Bendigo campus and the attractiveness of Bendigo as a study and professional career destination.’

Mr Stephenson said the quality of the pharmacy course has been endorsed time and time again, with La Trobe University students winning the Pharmaceutical Society’s Victorian Pharmacy Student of the Year award six out of the seven past years.

‘Last year, our pharmacy student, Rebecca Boschert went one step further and won the Society’s national award. We are extremely proud of Rebecca on this excellent achievement,’ said Mr Stephenson.

Mr Traynor said the daytime educational program is world class and the evenings include a host of enjoyable social activities that will give delegates a taste of the many pleasures offered in Bendigo.

‘We have lined up some truly exceptional speakers who will cover everything from the frontier of research to practical knowledge that can be applied in today’s pharmacies,’ said Mr Traynor.

‘The evening program is a great mix of social events, culminating in a formal ball at the historic Bendigo Town Hall,’ added Mr Traynor. 

Guest speakers include the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s 2013 Australian Pharmacist of the Year, Dr Jenny Gowan, whose presentation will focus on the importance of communication in the pharmacy and top PBS drugs.  

La Trobe University alumna, Kirstie-Jane Grenfell will lead a diabetes workshop, giving delegates practical experience in using insulin devices. Ms Grenfell, who is a community pharmacist and diabetes educator in Berwick, is a great example of the professions open to graduates of the pharmacy course.

The congress will conclude on Thursday 30 January and delegates will depart on Friday 31 January.


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