Monash student wins Pharmacy Student of the Year

Monash Pharmacy Student Jessica Bailey has been named PSA’s 2017 Pharmacy Student of the Year.Jessica Bailey

The Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) counselling competition recognises pharmacy students by showcasing their counselling skills to the pharmacy profession.

Participants are given the opportunity to demonstrate counselling skills using real-life pharmacy scenarios that require the student to use their clinical knowledge and communication skills. The competition is designed to reflect real-life practice and to encourage and reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider.

Ms Bailey is currently finishing her fourth and final year of university and is completing a six-week rural/remote placement in Broken Hill, NSW.

Monash was also well represented in the PSA’s other major awards.

The 2017 Pharmacist of the Year Award was won by Ervine Newton OAM FPS, of the class of 1969.

The award recognises his life-long contribution to pharmacy, which has “led to extensive changes in pharmacy practice and improved the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people and their carers,” Jackson said. Newton has also played key roles within the PSA, being a Victorian Branch councillor for many years and Branch president.

The Early Career Pharmacist of the Year category was awarded to ACT-based Elise Apolloni, who is an alumna of our Internship program, holding a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice from Monash. Ms Apolloni has also served on staff, as a teaching associate.

Ms Apolloni is a community pharmacist, pharmacy owner, asthma educator and mental health first aid instructor. She was the first ACT-based Credentialed Diabetes Educator and has been an active member of the PSA Early Career Pharmacist group since 2008 and a PSA branch committee member since 2013.