21 October 2012
This year’s entrant from Western Australia, Louise Gabrovsek, was named the Alphapharm Pharmacy Student of the Year during a ceremony at the Pharmacy Australia Congress in Melbourne last night.
Ms Gabrovsek also won the added honour of picking up the audience choice award for the event.
National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Grant Kardachi, congratulated Ms Gabrovsek, from the University of Western Australia, and said that once again during the competition, the standard of participants had been amazing.
“Every year judging a winner from such talented students becomes harder and harder,” Mr Kardachi said.
“The judges are increasingly faced with students who possess a truly remarkable range of skills and knowledge and who are able to put these talents into very practical uses when counselling ‘patients’ during the competition.
“However, after extensive deliberation, and I must say debate, the judges have chosen Louise who they believed was outstanding in an already outstanding field of candidates.”
The eight State, Territory and Wildcard finalists this year were:
Wildcard Melanie Burgess, James Cook University
Queensland Elizabeth McCourt, Queensland University
Victoria Kahlinda Mahoney Monash University
WA Louise Gabrovsek University of Western Australia
ACT Briony Davidson University of Canberra
NSW Megan Coleman Charles Sturt University
Tasmania Daniel Hoyle University of Tasmania
SA Sarira El Den Charles Darwin University
Mr Kardachi said that the Alphapharm Pharmacy Student of the Year Awards, which were initially launched at PAC in 2004, were a highlight of the Congress .
”The PSA Alphapharm Pharmacy Student of the Year award showcases the skills and abilities of some of our outstanding pharmacy students to the pharmacy profession while also giving students a chance to apply their skills and be judged on them,” Mr Kardachi said.
“The Pharmacy Student of the Year award event is a great learning experience for the participants, the profession and the audience as well.”
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