NAPSA Charity Cup 2018 – Fullife Foundation

A photo of Stephanie Samios with Fullife founder Ian Shanks
Stephanie Samios with Fullife founder Ian Shanks

Charity Cup is fast approaching and NAPSA are very excited to see where this campaign will take us this year! In 2018, NAPSA pharmacy school branches are proudly supporting Fullife Foundation and raising much needed funds from 2 April until 1 June.


This worthy charity was established to improve the health of women and children in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia.

The founder and director of Fullife Foundation, Ian Shanks, is also an Australian pharmacist who works in Victoria. He travels to Ethiopia each year donating the raised funds to the poorest regions.

They require our support to build a health post in the Shurmo region of Ethiopia, with an estimated total cost of $48,800. This building will be the health hub for a community of 8,000+ people, conducting first contact assessments with patients, monitoring, immunising and supervising maternal and child health issues, with referring more serious cases.

As well as raising funds for the building, birthing kits will also be packed by pharmacy students nationally, and will be sent to aid the women in Ethiopia for a more sanitary birthing environment.

NAPSA spoke with Ian Shanks about their decision to support his worthy charity.

He said, “we really appreciate the opportunity to work with NAPSA, and we will do all we can to ensure this year’s NAPSA Charity Cup is the best ever!”


NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair, Stephanie Samios, has worked in conjunction with each pharmacy school to ensure adequate organisation and preparation for the most successful Charity Cup to date.

“I have been hearing such positive things from our pharmacy school Presidents and their pharmacy awareness representatives about Fullife Foundation and their ideas for fundraising this year, ” said Ms Saminos.

“Passion, dedication and enthusiasm are all being displayed in full force in preparation for Charity Cup.

“I am so excited to support a group of pharmacy branches who are immersing themselves in this campaign and the selfless act of improving or even saving the lives of those in need.”

A NAPSA Everyday Hero Page has been launched, and NAPSA Pharmacy School branches will be joining the Charity Cup team in the coming weeks. Chocolate drives, Cocktail nights, Barbeques and Bake sales are just some of the events branches are in the midst of organising in time for Charity Cup commencement.

Ms. Samios has set the goal at $48,800+ to surpass last years’ donation total and increase the total end donation to Fullife Foundation for building the health post.

I hope that we can raise even more than last years’ target for Charity Cup, but also to witness a phenomenal student involvement in the campaign to support and promote the work of Fullife Foundation.

“Every dollar counts, as this health post will assist thousands of women and children in this rural community in Ethiopia.

“This is a charity that everyone in Australia should support.”


National President, Sandra Minas, is equally excited to be fundraising for Fullife Foundation.

“We are proud to be supporting such an amazing cause, aiming to create an impact in the lives of women and children,” she said.

“It is also inspiring that the founder and director of Fullife, Ian Shanks, is an Australian Pharmacist, showing our members that we truly have no limits in our pharmacy profession.

“I am so excited to see how each branch across Australia will come together once again to truly make a difference.”


NAPSA hopes that everyone in Australia can get involved and get excited about this amazing Charity and the work that they do to save the lives of people in Ethiopia.

NAPSA encourages pharmacy students, pharmacists and anyone who would like to support Fullife Foundation, to donate to the Everyday Hero donation page.

“Charity Cup is not just about which pharmacy branch can raise the most money, but also a time where each pharmacy school comes together to represent NAPSA and partake in a Charity Campaign that has the potential to save lives and promote a worthy charity.

“We are not only future pharmacists, but also play a strong role in the future of health.”

Stephanie Samios

NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair 2017/2018

See and hear this guy for FREE

Image of Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr David Jacka
Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr David Jacka to present at APP2018

What type of student are you?

Active? In the know of everything that’s going on at uni and with relevant associations. Participate in, or organise uni events?

Passive?  You mind your own business, you attend the necessary classes, but don’t engage much more than you absolutely have to?

Or you don’t fit either one of those types, and you dabble a bit in what catches your eye?

That’s cool, but you all have the one thing in common – you all want a job at the end of the day once you graduate, right?

I hope so, otherwise, why go through all the stress and put yourselves in debt??

You’re in luck.

There’s no better time to be a student than now, especially a pharmacy student, and particularly if you’re a student member of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia or reading this right now.

Being a pharmacy student, you may have heard of the APP Conference, or the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition, and if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Feel free to research this yourselves, however I’m willing to bet that there’s no other conference that offers students free access to Australia’s largest pharmacy trade exhibition, and discounted tickets to the best conference (and party) in the community pharmacy calendar.

Students receive:

  1. Free access to trade exhibition (Friday 4 May – Sunday 6 May)
  2. Free access to the Welcome Reception (Thursday 3 May)
  3. * Free entry to Harm Minimisation Workshop (Sunday 6 May)
  4. Discounted Street Party tickets (Saturday 5 May)
  5. Discounted day and full registration fees (includes access to all sessions)

That guy in the photo, his name is Dr David Jacka by the way. He’ll be one of the facilitators for the *Harm Minimisation Workshop on Sunday, 6 May, which we have made available for students to attend for free.

Register now. You can register for the free sessions only if you wish, just don’t miss out.

You may wonder how you’ll get a job out of attending a conference. Read the benefits of Networking and how to use Networking to find a job, as well as the article on how to stand out as a pharmacy student.

Support NAPSA’s 2018 Charity Cup and join Jessica in becoming an everyday hero

Hi, my name is Jessica Hawula I am a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Queensland.

This year I am the Pharmacy Awareness representative for the Queensland Pharmacy Students’ Association (QPSA). Each year the 17 pharmacy schools across Australia participate in the annual National Australia Pharmacy Students’ Association’s (NAPSA) Charity Cup.

This fundraising event runs until June 1 and sees each pharmacy student branch across Australia raise money and awareness for that year’s given charity. Since 2008, the NAPSA Charity Cup continues to raise thousands of dollars each year.

This year, the student associations have made the collective decision to support the Fullife Foundation. The Fullife Foundation aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths of expectant mothers and their newborns during childbirth. With your support the charity can provide health professionals and health supplies to communities in need in Ethiopia. The Fullife Foundation’ partners include World Vision, International Needs and Birthing Kit Foundation Australia, who work together in the rural communities of Ethiopia.

QPSA’s 2018 goal is to contribute to the rebuild of the Shurmo Witbira Health Post and to donate 600 birthing kits ($3 each). Fullife supplies these kits to women in remote areas who cannot easily access the health clinics.

We need your help to achieve our goal to save expectant mothers and their infants from preventable health-related deaths.

Please help us help Fullife by giving whatever you can via QPSA’s Everyday Hero page. Ensure you visit our page regularly as we will provide frequent updates on our progress.

Your small gift will make a difference in the lives of these women and children in Ethiopia.

For more information or to get involved in one of our events please contact me on

National Student Business Plan competition launched

The 12th National Student Business Plan Competition is now underway; a competition which tests the flair and entrepreneurship of students preparing for a career in community pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2018 competition was launched during the Annual NAPSA Congress in Sydney. Team member of the 2017 winning entry, Monique Scott from the University of Tasmania, launched the competition by detailing her experience to her fellow students.

“The competition was extremely rewarding and taught me so much about community pharmacy ownership, I encourage all of you to give it a go,” she said.

The competition, which commenced in 2006, looks for innovation among pharmacy students who will be the future owners of Australian and New Zealand community pharmacies. It aims to encourage student teams to use their talents and energy to create innovative business ideas in community pharmacy through the development of competitive business plans.

The timeline for the competition is:

Stage Component Due Date

Stage Component Due Date
One Submit your Business Plan 13 May 2018
Two Quarter Finals 18 June – 1 July 2018
Three Semi Finals (including preliminary pitch) 23 July – 10 August 2018
Four Finals: Live ‘Pitch’ 8 September 2018
Five Finals: Post ‘Pitch’ Investor Meeting 8 September 2018

In 2018 the competition’s focus on innovation will continue to ensure that tomorrow’s owners look for highly differentiated services that they can provide to the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The National Student Business Plan Competition is open to all students studying pharmacy in Australia and New Zealand and will provide a total of $15,000 in cash prizes to the finalists (top three teams) in addition to registration, flights and accommodation to attend the Guild’s 2018 Pharmacy Connect conference.

The competition is an initiative of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and is sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare (principal sponsor), EBOS (major sponsor) with continued sponsorship from foundation sponsors Gold Cross Products and Services and Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL). The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand is proud to support the competition, now in its fourth Trans-Tasman year.

Plastic bag ban – will it affect you?

The Queensland Government will enforce a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags on from 1 July 2018.

This ban will affect all retailers – that currently use light-weight plastic bags (under 35 microns thick), including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable, and degradable bags. Click here ( to find out which plastic bags will be banned.

The National Retail Association has developed a website (hyperlink to: to support businesses understand and prepare for the plastic bag ban.  There are factsheets (link to: resources (link to: and templates (link to: available to prepare your pharmacy, and educate your customers about the ban.

Podcasts for Pharmacy

With the average Australian spending around 4.56 hours commuting each week*, it’s no surprise that we’re listening to podcasts more and more as our source of entertainment.  Finding a podcast that is both entertaining and educational can sometimes be a struggle… but we’ve found a website that’s done all the hard work for you! Check out – they’ve got 5 podcasts that are perfect for pharmacists! Happy listening!

*AMP/NATSEM Race against time report, 2011

What to expect in your intern year, Caroline Hildred

Interviews with real Guild interns about their experiences with the Guild ITP

Caroline Hildred, current Guild Intern, QLD

What was it that made you enrol in the Guild ITP?

The offer of APP registration was one reason – and with less people enrolling in the Guild program I knew I was going to have a greater chance at one on one sessions with tutors and more tailored learning. The Guild also offered a varied program that appeared to cover all areas in regards to preparation for my final exams.

What has been the best part of the program?

The best part of the program was the registration to APP2017. This gave me the opportunity to interact and build relationships with not only pharmacists but company representatives and other Guild interns. APP2017 also offered access to seminars to further my knowledge and bring back ideas to help increases productivity and services in my current pharmacy.

Do you feel adequately prepared for your upcoming examinations?

The workshops and assignments covered all aspects of both the written and oral exams. The workshops, being as small and intimate as they were up in Townsville, allowed us one on one time with the tutor and excess time to individually work through all examples. I felt very comfortable heading into my written exam with the resources that were provided through the Guild Intern Training Program.

How has the level of support from our tutors been throughout the program?

The support from my tutors went above and beyond. I actually broke my arm several weeks prior to the July sitting of the written exam. The amount of support I received in deferring my assessments and applying for special consideration was amazing. My tutor, Kate was outstanding in helping me through the difficult time. She was always available for calls and emails and gave me the best suggestions that made the difficult time in my intern year much easier.

Would you recommend the Guild ITP?

Absolutely! This program has helped mould me to be a better person and pharmacist. It has provided mountains of resources and extensive support from the ITP team. The overall design of the program with the workshops and assignments provided the best base knowledge I could have hoped for.

Online graduate applications for provisional registration open soon

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will soon be calling for final-year pharmacy students to apply for registration online.

Pharmacy students on the Student Register who will complete their approved program of study by the end of 2017 will be sent an email inviting them to apply online for provisional registration four to six weeks before finishing their course and after Monday 9 October.

Students are encouraged to read the information on AHPRA’s website under Graduate applications. Certain applicants will also need to apply for an international criminal history check.

The Board’s video for graduates on our Internships webpage explains what they need to do to be granted provisional registration and what they need to do to stay registered, including the ongoing obligations of a registered pharmacist.

Once provisional registration is obtained, a registrant (intern) must meet the Board’s registration standards. The Registration standard: Supervised practice arrangements also outlines that interns must have their supervised practice approved by the Board before they start their supervised practice. Interns can start supervised practice as soon as their name and their supervised practice details are published on the national register.

The Guild is searching for Australia’s Best Intern Pharmacist

Nominations are now open for the MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year Award, 2017. The winning intern will receive a travel and educational scholarship to the value of $4,500 courtesy of MIMS Australia.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia, National Intern Training Program Manager, Tim Roberts said the competition is an excellent opportunity to recognise a Guild Intern who has gone above and beyond.

“A pharmacist’s intern year is crucial to their future development in the industry. While it’s a compulsory part of the registration process, the internship should be perceived as an opportunity for young pharmacists to build a strong foundation for their professional career.

“The MIMS / Guild Intern of Year Award aims to celebrate an intern who has proactively sought to implement positive change to their pharmacy and in the process has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the core judging criteria.

“Intern candidates can be nominated by their supervising preceptor, employer, pharmacist or colleague, Guild ITP clinical tutor or they can nominate themselves”, he said.

This is the fourth year The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has partnering with MIMS Australia for the award.

Dinah Graham, Business Development Manager, Primary Care – MIMS Australia said MIMS is pleased to continue their relationship with the Guild and their interns.

“The past winners have shown outstanding leadership skills and I look forward to another exciting year of nominations.
“Being able to reward excellence in young innovative people is extremely exciting for the whole team at MIMS,” Ms Graham said.

To nominate for the Guild Intern of the Year Award, visit or email for more information.

What to expect in your intern year with Morgan Kennedy

Interviews with real Guild interns about their experiences with the Guild ITP

Morgan Kennedy – MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year 2016

What have you been up to since you won the MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year 2016?
I have been working at Capital Chemist Wanniassa and it has been a whirlwind of a year. Our team have continued to win multiple awards and are always looking to implement new and exciting projects.

If you’ve spent your $4,000 travel and education scholarship – what did you spend it on? If not – what plans do you have for the money?
I have spent a small amount of the money on some education courses such as a wound care course. However I plan on spending most of the money on conferences to keep me up to date. Conferences, such as APP are such a great way to learn and network; however they can be quite expensive. The scholarship will allow me to attend conferences without having to worry about the cost, so I can enjoy myself and keep up to date with all that’s going on in the pharmacy world.

What is it that you love about being a pharmacist?

I love the customers and the teams you get to work with. Helping to put a smile on someone’s face that is not feeling well or has someone unwell at home, really makes your job worthwhile. The relationships that you build with customers are lovely and if you’re lucky enough to work with an amazing team like I have, it makes coming to work every day really easy.

How would you say the Guild ITP prepared you for your career post registration?
The Guild Intern Training Program had such a great mix of clinical and practical knowledge. This knowledge has helped me to deal with everyday situations to complex, unusual situations in the pharmacy. I really feel that the broad range of assessment and activities at the workshops have prepared me well to be a competent pharmacist.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about nominating an intern – or self-nominating for the MIMS / Guild Intern of the Year 2017?
If you are thinking of nominating then do it!! Being nominated and reflecting on what a whirlwind your intern year is, is rewarding. It will make you realise just how much effort and hard work you have put into your intern year. It isn’t very often that you get to reflect on how much you have achieved. It is very humbling and motivating to be nominated for the award by a colleague and certainly makes you feel valued in the work you do.

How has winning the competition helped you personally or professionally?

Winning MIMS/Guild intern of the year has been such an amazing experience. To have this award on your resume is very desirable. The opportunities and adventures it has opened up for me have been amazing.

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