UNE Student takes out coveted NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year title

Published 07 June 2013

The University of New England achieved a milestone at the weekend with its first entrant in the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year competition taking out the coveted title.

University of New England student Callan Beesley has been named the 2013 NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year. As the state finalist, Callan will represent NSW at the 2013 Pharmacy Australia Congress in October.

“The pharmacy team congratulates Callan, he is an excellent representative of the University of New England’s pharmacy degree,” said Professor Ieva Stupans, Head of Pharmacy , University of New England.

“To have one of our students in our first final year cohort recognised by the PSA’s judges is a great endorsement for our program.”

Aimed at final year pharmacy students, the competition recognises the importance of communication and counselling skills in best pharmacy practice.

Callan Beesley said it was a “massive shock” to be named as the NSW winner. “This is a huge honour for me  and studying pharmacy at UNE has been an excellent experience,”  he said following the presentation.  “The course focuses on the importance of professional behaviour and acting in a fiduciary manner, and I believe these qualities helped enormously in the competition.  With smaller class sizes at UNE, I was able to build strong relationships with the faculty staff and this has made a real difference to the quality of my education as well.” he said

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia national President Grant Kardachi, PSA said of Callan’s performance in the competition,  “These young pharmacists are quite outstanding and their ability to engage with the consumer, gather appropriate information and formulate a response is remarkable at their age,” Mr Kardachi said. “Callan displayed all these attributes and characterises to take out the title.”

UNE is the only university in Australia that offers pharmacy via distance education.