Take the Leap: Advantages of Engaging with Pharmacy Student Associations


  • Cait Treloar




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According to the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia, “a sound pharmaceutical knowledge base, effective problem-solving, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, together with an ethical and professional attitude, are essential to the practice of pharmacy. Participation in pharmacy student associations is a significant investment in a student's professional and personal development. This experience instills a strong sense of community and empowerment, which is critical in navigating the pharmacy profession. I highly encourage students to not simply wait for opportunities, but rather, actively search for them and have faith in the possibilities and opportunities that may arise as a result. Students can reach out to their local pharmacy student association and select activities aligned with their interests. Striking a balance is crucial to enjoy the benefits without overwhelming themselves. This time can be used to discover their niche and collaborate with industry professionals who can help them reach their goals. It is important to understand and acknowledge that everyone must start somewhere, so selecting a path that is suitable and aligns with their life is of utmost importance.


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