2018 P2 Camp Report

The annual P2 Pharmacy Camp was held from Wednesday the 14th until Friday the 16th of February this year. 60 new second year pharmacy students and 40 student volunteers came along for two days of bonding and fun at the Waiora Scout Camp near Mosgiel.

The 60 eager P2 students were split into 6 teams and participated in activities which ranged from sports to acting challenges. Points were given to the top 3 teams in every activity. The winning team at the end of the camp received a prize.

After getting to know their team mates, the P2’s participated in several ice breaker games including balloon popping and a quiz night to build their team spirit and comradery. After dinner, the night was finished with a disco party including a DJ and late night snacks.

The next day, the camp awoke to sunshine and the morning was spent playing cricket, volleyball, touch rugby and tug of war for points. After some sandwiches were served for lunch, the teams split off to work on their skits which included acting and songs based on a theme chosen from a hat. The skits were later presented at night and the whole camp were laughing and applauding the brilliant effort the new additions to Pharmacy had made.

The night ended in another dance party. New friendships had blossomed and the whole cohort was celebrating together before entering their first year of study in The School of Pharmacy.

Emma Gray, Marketing Executive



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.



How well do you know your pharmacist?

Did you know that pharmacists…

  • Can give you flu vaccinations
  • Can test and determine your warfarin doses
  • Can consult and treat minor ailments with prescription medicines (e.g. emergency
    contraception, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction)
  • Check for medicine interactions to keep you safe
  • Can test your blood pressure
  • Offer FREE health advice
  • Give you FREE prescriptions after you have collected 20 prescriptions per year

NZAPS-O Pharmacy Awareness Week:
Monday 25 September – Friday 29 September


The kemu has been created for health care professionals

Kia ora, this week is Māori language week. Some staff at the University of Otago have developed a great app called Aki Hauora which can be downloaded using the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
The kemu has been created for health care professionals, to help you learn and become familiar with te reo words (kupu) that can be used in a health care setting.
Go on a give it a go!


Congratulations Sonja Bimler

The NZ Pharmacy Awards 2017 were held recently. A massive congratulations to Sonja Bimler who received the Future Pharmacist of the Year Award! This award recognises a fourth year B pharm student who shows passion for the pharmacy profession and insightful ideas in completing an essay on a predetermined professional topic. Well done Sonja!!


63rd annual International Pharmaceutical Students Federation World Congress in Tapei, Taiwan

Our NZAPS-O delegates are almost at the end of the 63rd annual IPSF (International Pharmaceutical Students Federation) World Congress in Tapei, Taiwan. The delegates have attended a variety of workshops, education symposiums, scientific symposiums, and represented the organisation at General Assembly.

We are one of over 100 countries represented in IPSF. NZAPS-O’s new voting rights within IPSF as full members has allowed us to influence changes and decisions affecting us on an international scale. We are also excited to announce that in General Assembly we have were appointed as one of the new member associations in the Auditing Committee – this will involve us looking over the IPSF treasurer’s report, world congress national report and the regional symposium financial reports over the next year.

This is an exciting opportunity for NZAPS-O and our members to be more involved in IPSF and have even more of a say. Next years IPSF world congress will be held in Argentina, and next years Asia Pacific Regional Symposium will be held in Japan.


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Teddy Bear Hospital at the Hunter Centre

Otago School of Pharmacy students helped out at the Teddy Bear Hospital day along with medicine, dentistry and physio students! The kids brought us prescriptions for fruit for their teddy bears. A really great day and fantastic way of engaging with the Dunedin community, as well as our fellow health professionals.


OUSA Welfare Representative Danielle Pope

Our own amazing Danielle Pope as the Welfare rep for OUSA has organised for 2500 students at Otago University to get a free flu jab. To get a FREE flu jab, call Student Health and book into one of their flu vaccination clinics to prevent you getting sick this winter!

See Otago Daily Times article https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/free-flu-jabs-2500-students