Faculty of Health

Pharmacy students take out top honours in national competition

Four University of Tasmania Bachelor of Pharmacy students have demonstrated their expertise on the national stage, taking out first place in the 2017 Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Student Business Plan Competition.

Alison Hay, Monique Scott, Caitlin O’Keefe and Madeline Spencer won the competition with their idea to implement a program to assist the visually impaired through medication management, aiming to improve patient independence.

Associate Head of Pharmacy, Associate Professor Luke Bereznicki congratulated the team of fourth year students on its efforts.

“The team put in an incredible amount of work during the year to prepare their pitch and progress through the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages, competing against 13 other teams from Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“Their presentation was exceptional, and it is wonderful to see all of that hard work pay off in the final.”

“We are developing a great record in this competition, having now won in 2015 and 2017 and hope to keep up the great work.”

The group which defeated thirteen teams to take the title, walked away with a $7,000 cash prize, $3,000 of which will be used by the Division of Pharmacy for student activities.

The National Student Business Plan Competition aims to promote creative entrepreneurship among pharmacy students and encourage the development of viable, innovative, pharmacist-owned community pharmacies.

The competition is open to all pharmacy schools across Australia and New Zealand.

Image caption L-R: Madeline Spencer, Caitlan O'Keefe, Alison Hay, Monique Scott.