Monash pharmacy student wins Victorian Pharmacy Student of the Year

Fourth year Monash pharmacy student Rhiannon Froude has been named Victorian Pharmacy Student of the Year following a statewide competition

Fourth year Monash pharmacy student Rhiannon Froude has been named Victorian Pharmacy Student of the Year following a statewide competition.

The prestigious title is awarded by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and recognises the top performing student.


The competition asks participants to demonstrate their counselling skills through real-life pharmacy scenarios.

Students showcase their clinical knowledge, communication skills and their ability to counsel and take on the role of a health care provider.


Ms. Froude is currently completing her placement component at Monash Medical Centre, before she goes on to complete her final round of rural placement. An active member of the Monash community, Ms. Froude has been involved in the Student Ambassador Program throughout her degree.


“I’ve been able to give back to Monash and share my experiences with future students. The program helped me develop professional skills,” Ms. Froude said.


The program allows for mentoring opportunities, helping students develop a better understanding of on-the-job responsibilities.


“A definite highlight was the opportunity to be mentored by a senior pharmacist. It gave me such valuable insight into the pharmacy profession.


“I’ve been so motivated and I hope that my time as an Ambassador inspires younger students to consider pharmacy,” Ms Froude said.


Ms Froude hasn’t been alone during her degree. She adds that mentorship has been extremely valuable during the degree and the competition.


“Dr Suzanne Caliph was a wonderful support and helped me prepare extensively for the state competition,” Ms Froude said.
Next year, Ms. Froude hopes to complete her internship in a hospital setting to gather more clinical experience. However, she is open to any opportunities to develop her skills.


“I also really enjoy the primary care aspect of community pharmacy, and the interactions with regular customers during my part-time work in a community pharmacy, so I'm excited to see what opportunities present themselves and where this degree takes me,” Ms Froude said.


Ms Froude proceeds onto the National Pharmacy Student of the Year competition later in the year.

Contact: Divya Krishnan

Phone: 0466 910 111

Email: divya.krishnan@monash.edu