My name is Joanne Wickens and I am currently in the third year of my Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
at RMIT university in Victoria. I am very pleased to be introducing myself as the NAPSA Research Chair for the 2021/22 term.
I am now well known by all my colleagues to have a bit of a love affair for the pharmacy industry! I truly believe that the pharmacy industry is a unique and crucial segment of our healthcare system here in Australia and the more I delve into the pharmacy world the more passionate I feel.
I have over 5 years of experience working in a diverse range of community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy settings. From this experience in the industry, I have developed a very strong understanding for the importance of industry networking and supporting current and future students to explore what pharmacy has to offer. Specifically, I hope to share the importance of research.
Research is a key area that many pharmacy bodies have identified as an area that needs develop in the pharmacy profession and I believe that by targeting this development at a student level we can foster essential research skills and create a research culture that will positively impact the future of the pharmacy profession.
During my time in the role, I will endeavour to continue the development of the Australian Pharmacy Students’ Journal (APSJ) and publish the first ever edition in January 2022. I believe this is a great opportunity to harness student’s enthusiasm and make them proud of their work in the research sector and I will focus on projecting these achievements to the industry.
I aim to facilitate a national approach to include student opportunities in research by modelling the SHPA summer placement program in every state as at the current time this is only available to students in Victoria.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any queries regarding NAPSA or the APSJ. I look forward to working with you all!