A scholarship honouring a community pharmacist has been awarded to a Pharmacy student who wants to make a difference in the north-west health system.
The scholarship is in memory of Judith Liauw, who died in 2010, lived and worked in the North-West of Tasmania and had more than 30 years experience in community pharmacy – 20 years of these as a community pharmacy owner.
She was a strong supporter of the UTAS student placement program and regularly hosted third and fourth year students for their rural placements in her Ulverstone pharmacy.
To recognise her commitment to the critical role played by rural pharmacists in our health system, the then Premier of Tasmania, Mr David Bartlett, announced in August 2010 that the Government of Tasmania would fund an annual scholarship $5000 scholarship for students commencing the UTAS Bachelor of Pharmacy course who are residents of the north-west of Tasmania.
The first scholarship recipient is first-year student, 20- year-old Erin Chettle, of Latrobe.
Erin said she has wanted to run her own pharmacy since completing year 10 work placement at a community pharmacy. She is particularly interested in pharmaceutical science and practice and human biology.
“I cannot wait to move back to the north-west coast and have an impact on the health system in place there,” she said.
Picture: Jason Hollister, The Advocate
From left to right: Ella Dixon, Department of Premier and Cabinet; Erin Chettle, UTAS School of Pharmacy student and scholarship recipient; and Chung Liauw.