Editors’ Welcome: Safe and Effective Medicines for All


  • Elishka Juricka
  • Elissar Mansour




pharmacy, student led research, medication safety, student-led journal


Pharmacists have a crucial role in ensuring medication safety is upheld throughout the continuum of a patient’s care. The theme of the 2023 Winter Issue of the Australian Pharmacy Students’ Journal (APSJ) is a chance to highlight the pharmacist’s role in promoting the judicious, safe and effective use of medicines.

In this fourth issue, we proudly present two original peer- reviewed pieces in the field of transition of care and complementary medicines. The first research piece written by Tegan Phillips, Natasha Mallam and Alexandra Brooks from the University of Newcastle focuses on how pharmacist intervention can impact medication related discrepancies in hospital discharge summaries within the geriatric population. The second research piece, written by Naba Al-jiboori from the University of Canberra, discusses patient-centered care in the context of culturally appropriate excipients found in common complementary medicines.

Next, the APSJ hosted its annual opinion piece competition. In light of the medication safety theme of the fourth issue, we focussed on two major issues facing the pharmacy industry: (1) pharmacist prescribing rights and (2) the integration of pharmacists into the aged care sector. We received a variety of entries from both local and international pharmacy students and we congratulate all the authors for participating. The three most impactful pieces were chosen and published in this issue of the Journal.

We would like to thank all those who have supported us in the last year: our strategic partner, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, our new official supporters, the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association, the APSJ Advisory Board, our academic and student reviewers, the subcommittee and especially the authors who have published their pieces with the Journal.


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Medication dispensing errors and prevention [Internet]. 2023 [cited 2023 Aug 15]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK519065/

Jaam M, Naseralallah LM, Hussain TA, Pawluk SA. Pharmacist-led educational interventions provided to healthcare providers to reduce medication errors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOS ONE. 2021;16(6).