Pharmaceutical Society Gold Medal awarded to top student

3 March 2023

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has tonight awarded the Pharmaceutical Society Gold Medal, recognising the University of South Australia student with the highest grade point average (GPA) in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) above 6.25.


Given the stringent criteria, the PSA Gold Medal is not awarded every year.  It is our most prestigious student award, and the recipient joins a very impressive and select group of pharmacists. PSA has been awarding the Gold Medal since 1896.


PSA SA Branch is pleased to present the Pharmaceutical Society Gold Medal to Layla McDougall.


Layla McDougall has recently completed a double degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of South Australia. She is currently completing her internship year with the Central Adelaide Health Network, based at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals.


In 2022 McDougall completed placements at Flinders Medical Centre in the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit and had a community placement at Green Dispensary Blackwood, while also working in the dispensary pharmacy at Flinders. She also contributed to a research project with the QUMPRC at UniSA in collaboration with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.


“I look forward to seeing what the future of pharmacy holds and how I will be a part of it,” McDougall said.


“Currently, I find working with patients with chronic diseases most interesting and rewarding. In the next few years I aim to work as a hospital pharmacist, contribute to innovative research and complete the SA Pharmacy Residency Program.”


PSA SA/NT President Veronika Seda acknowledged Layla’s achievement and congratulated her on her academic success.


“The Pharmaceutical Society Gold Medal celebrates the outstanding academic success of pharmacy students, which is no small feat,” Ms Seda said.


“Congratulations to Layla on her achievement.”



Media contact:   Georgia Clarke   M: 0480 099 798  E: georgia.clarke@psa.org.au


The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia is the only national peak body that represents all of Australia’s pharmacists across all practice settings. We want every Australian to have access to the best healthcare, and this must include optimising access to pharmacists’ knowledge and medicines expertise at the forefront of our healthcare system.