By: Shefali Parekh | Posted on: 3 August 2016

The National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association (NAPSA) would like to thank the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) for the opportunity to attend and contribute to the PSA16 conference held in Sydney over the weekend.

NAPSA President, Shefali Parekh said, "The PSA was able to clearly articulate a very exciting plan for the future of pharmacy to its members. NAPSA supports this plan and we look forward to sharing it with our members to ensure pharmacy students across Australia help drive it and secure the future of our profession."

Amongst the array of educational, social and networking events, there was a trade hall where NAPSA was given the opportunity to engage with delegates and promote their alumni membership. Miss Parekh said, "I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support delegates of the conference showed towards pharmacy students."

One of the highlights of the conference was the panel discussion on the current state of pharmacists' remuneration. Delegates were very impressed with the comments made by outgoing NAPSA Vice-President and panelist, Matthew Scott, particularly surrounding the need to go rural. Mr Scott said, "There is an under-supply in these areas which presents an enormous opportunity for pharmacists to work to their full scope of practice and receive good remuneration rates." NAPSA will continue to promote rural pharmacy and all it has to offer to its members.

The government's current review of pharmacy remuneration and regulation attracted plenty of discussion throughout the conference. NAPSA supports the paper as it provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the vital role of community pharmacy in the health system and endorses pharmacists as leading healthcare professionals in medication management. NAPSA believes that now is the time for the pharmacy industry to work together and grasp this opportunity because among NAPSA members, 17% of pharmacy students and graduates are considering leaving the pharmacy profession due to fear of the reduced salary and profitability of community pharmacies. NAPSA is currently in the process of consulting its members and preparing a submission in response to the paper; and look forward to the outputs.

NAPSA would like to extend its congratulations to Cara Kolopelnyk (University of South Australia) for winning the National Final, and People's Choice Award in the Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) competition held at PSA16. NAPSA President, Shefali Parekh said, "We would like to thank the PSA and the sponsors of the PSOTY competition, Mylan and API, for giving pharmacy students the opportunity to showcase their skills to the industry."

NAPSA encourages increased participation in the PSOTY competition on a state level, looks forward to seeing the competition continue to grow and the standard displayed by the students continue to rise.

Shefali Parekh

National President

National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association

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