The traditional white coat ceremony was held at the University of Otago on Saturday 22nd February. The ceremony welcomed 131 new students into the Pharmacy School. This year the students received inspirational wishes in the pocket of their new white coats, written from Otago Pharmacy graduates.
Please enjoy some of the photographs taken at the ceremony by Alan Dove!
The ceremony also featured in the Otago Daily Times:
P2 Students in White Coat
P2 Students Receiving Special Wishes
IMU Exchange Students & Sue Heydon
New P2 Students
Robbie Hannon & Dean Carlo Marra
Tonight we had our annual general meeting where we announced our new executive for 2018.
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.
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!
Come along to the Hunter Centre from 12-2 today! Our undergrad students, postgrad students and staff are having a bake sale to raise money for prostate cancer. Everything is a gold coin donation at the undergrad stall!! Come along and support a good cause
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!!
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.
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
Three members of our executive team (Mandy Hurle, Alice Weil and Annelise Pfahlert) were lucky enough to attend the PSNZ Pharmacy Symposium in Dunedin today. A big thanks to Graeme Smith for his invitation and support for young pharmacists.
Our legendary initiation into the School of Pharmacy is our P2 camp. This year we took all new students to Waiora Scout Camp from Monday 13th February to Wednesday 15th February.
Thank you to our sponsors this year:
Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
Go Healthy New Zealand
BDO Accountants and Advisors
Huge credit to Alice Weil for organising such a successful camp.