Educational Seminar 2018

Educational Seminar


Last month the NZAPS-O “Educational Seminar” event was held. At least one is held each year to give students the opportunity to hear what some pharmacists have been up to, and be inspired. The free morning tea is a bonus! This year were lucky enough to hear from three amazing pharmacists.

Angela Harwood, a Clinical Advisory Pharmacist here in Dunedin, shared the range of roles she has been involved in with us. These range from community pharmacy and ownership, mobile medicines management, primary care (clinical advisory pharmacist), and recently gaining a certificate in pharmacist prescribing. Wow! It was exciting for students to see the range of opportunities and services out there, beyond what they may have heard about in class so far.

 Guna Kanniah, a senior clinical pharmacist specialising in mental health and addictions services travelled all the way from Hamilton to encourage students to accept the mission of becoming a mental health pharmacist. Mental health is an important issue in our communities- Guna highlighted the statistic that 1 in 4 people in NZ have a mental health issue, then got us to close our eyes and picture three friends or people we know. He brought a lot of wisdom and passion to his presentation and I am sure he has ignited sparks of interest in students.

Paul Larson, a local community pharmacist (Larson’s pharmacy in Green Island), presented a highly entertaining and informative talk. He shared his background in pharmacy, and insights on community pharmacy and how to be a successful community pharmacist. He highlighted the idea that we need to be responsive to change, as change is inevitable part of our future in the profession. It was great hearing an honest perspective of community pharmacy from someone who has been so involved in the profession. Students always love to hear from him, and we are grateful to have Larson’s Pharmacy as one of our NZAPS-O sponsors.  

 HUGE thanks to our speakers for giving up their time to talk to students. Everyone that attended learned something new, and it was so inspiring hearing what these pharmacists have been up to. A thanks also goes out to Otago School of Pharmacy for contributing to event finances.  

Make sure you attend next year to hear from another group of amazing pharmacists!


Teddy Bear Hospital

NZAPS-O members volunteered at the annual Teddy Bear Hospital yesterday.

The children took their Teddies to the doctors (OUMSA) where they received a script to take to the pharmacy. The script was for a piece of fruit given to them by the pharmacists. This event was hugely successful and helps children to become comfortable around visiting their doctors and pharmacists.

Relay for Life

Last month the Pharmacy students were involved in the Dunedin Relay for Life. There were over 30 students involved, and a total of over $2500 raised by the team. It was a fun 24 hours, that involved a lot of walking, a zumba class, a night movie, a complimentary breakfast and plenty of music A highlight of the event was the candle ceremony, where cancer survivors were paid tribute to and celebrated, along with everyone else that has been affected by cancer. There was a speech given by a carer for a cancer patient, that detailed the struggles that cancer brings to those unfortunate enough to be inflicted by the disease. It was for a very good cause and thank-you to those of you who came and got involved!

Marc Rooney – Sports Representative 2018

Flat Crawl

With 120 students attending our annual flat crawl on Saturday 10th March, it was as vibrant and fun as ever especially with the stunning weather Dunedin put on for us. This year’s theme was intergalactic aliens and it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the theme. Best dressed was awarded to Charlotte Brenkley and Shayna Carter with their handmade UFO outfits (pictured below – top left). We had a variety of games throughout the afternoon and everyone enjoyed the barbecue and hot chips. It was great to see the three year levels getting to know each other and making so many memories.

– Bex Angus, Social Representative 2018


White Coat Ceremony

Welcome to the new members of our students association! Please enjoy some of the 2018 White Coat Ceremony photographs taken by Alan Dove

Congratulations to the 2018 Executive!

Tonight we had our annual general meeting where we announced our new executive for 2018.

Congratulations to:

President: Laura Pidcock

Secretary: Sophie Elliott-Buma

Treasurer: Ash Singh

Education representative: Jemma Fielding

Contact person/Liaison Officer: Ruby Gallavin

Student Exchange Officer/Welfare Representative: Nadine King

Social Representative: Rebecca Angus

Sports Representative: Marc Rooney

Marketing Representative: Emma Gray

Revue Representative: Mitchell Smith

We’d also like to congratulate all candidates who ran for positions this year. It was a tough week with difficult choices made between so many talented students. We are so lucky to have so many amazing members.