NAPSA Congress

In 2019, the South Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (SAPSA) will host, in conjunction with the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA), 350 pharmacy students to celebrate what has become known as a premier event of the Pharmacy Student Calendar! From the 22nd to the 28th of January, the annual NAPSA Congress will take place in Adelaide, at the University of South Australia.

NAPSA Congress is an annual event that offers education, networking, a trade-show hall, social events and more! Hear from inspiring speakers from pharmacy and other related fields as well as network and make friends with other like-minded pharmacy students from around Australia.

For more information please visit or email your local NAPSA Branch.

Educational Events

Innovative and interactive workshops and lectures will provide students with the latest and in depth knowledge on a variety of pharmacy-related topics. Perfect for not only first year students but even final year students. Learn a wide range of secrets from up in coming drug development to the future of community pharmacy.

Topics include:

    • Hospital Pharmacy
    • Pharmacy Ownership
    • Rural opportunities
    • Pharmacy practice
    • Pharmacy career paths
    • Leadership
    • And many more!

Trade Show

Every year SAPSA holds an annual trade show (PPAD). We promise a bigger and better trade show than the previous NAPSA Congresses, with a large number and variety of stalls. These stalls allow students to communicate more personally with a range of professional bodies such as large industrial pharmaceutical companies, vitamin companies, hospital pharmacists, community pharmacists, pharmacy governing bodies and even armed forces pharmacists. Have a chat, score some freebies and have a wonderful afternoon in the air conditioned Brookman Hall.

Social Events

Tuesday 22nd January: Opening Night - its TOGA Time!

Attention all Gods and Goddesses! As you may know, NAPSA has been in existence for over half a century now, so we thought, why not celebrate it the way the Romans would? Come dressed in a Toga and remember "Life is a waste of time and time is a waste of life, so let's all get wasted and have the time of our lives." Kurt Cobain!

​Tonight is the night to start swapping your branch wrist bands as easy conversation starters.

Wednesday 23rd January: City East End Pub Crawl - Theme TBA

Party like you’re a true SAPSA member. This pub crawl will take you through the weird and wonderful Adelaide city that is the East End. Everyone will be separated, so share a bev with someone new, before meeting with everyone at our final destination.

Thursday 24th January: Battle Night

It’s Branch against Branch, so bring your A game tonight! Branches will be dressed in their code of colour and according to their country. Activities will range from boat races to balloon popping. And some lucky students will be actioned for the NAPSA charity. Don’t worry it’s each Branch’s money not yours!

Friday 25th January: Free Night / Alumni Event

Tonight you will be free to roam about beautiful Adelaide. Friday night is when Adelaide comes alive so head to the city and enjoy a drink or two, or take this opportunity to have a night in and recover to prepare yourself for the rest of the week.

​Alternatively, come and enjoy the company of past NAPSA members to reminisce and relive the days of pharmacy school. All alumni, including students and interns, can relish in a great night of food, drinks and entertainment. Be sure not to miss out on this great networking evening hosted by the NAPSA Alumni Chair!

Note: This Alumni event is NOT included in delegate registration.

Saturday 26th January: Australia Day

You're in for a RIPPER of a day! Grab your thongs, budgie smugglers, bathers and sunnies before heading down to the bustling Glenelg Beach. Here we will be soaking up the sun and enjoying some good ol' fashioned Aussie music while enjoying a barbie and cracking open a cold one! Let's all get into the Aussie spirit and have a fantastic 'Straya Day!

Sunday 27th January: Gala Ball at Adelaide Oval

Yes! You read that right. Tonight we will be celebrating the end of an amazing week at the spectacular Adelaide Oval.

​Grab your gowns and suits, as we celebrate in Ocean's Nineteen style. Ladies make sure your mascara is waterproof, and gentlemen, don't forget your pocket square, as this is the final night of Congress. There will be laughs and tears as you say goodbye, although not forever, to the amazing people you have met. Tonight will certainly be one to remember!

Monday 29th January

Today most of you will be departing the lovely Adelaide while others may be staying a few more nights to explore the wonders Adelaide has to offer (FYI: an Adelaide wine tour should certainly be on your bucket list)!

​Let's hope the PCD won't hit too hard! Goodbye for now, but not forever.