Pharmacy Student of the Year finalists head to PSA24

5 July 2024



The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has today announced the finalists for its annual Pharmacy Student of the Year competition who will compete for the top prize at PSA’s national conference PSA24 in August.


The final will test pharmacy students with a real-life clinical situation, where a patient will present with symptoms or a specific medicine or product request. Students are then required to use their clinical knowledge and communication skills to identify the most appropriate management, tailoring their response to provide the patient-centred advice.


A judging panel will assess all state finalists before selecting the national winner to be announced at PSA24’s Gala Dinner.


The 2024 PSA Viatris Pharmacy Student of the Year finalists are:

  • Blake Fraser, University of Technology Sydney (NSW finalist)
  • Emily Schrek, La Trobe University (Victorian finalist)
  • Bridget Cleary, University of Western Australia (WA finalist)
  • Tobey Adubasim, University of Tasmania (Tasmanian finalist)
  • Hayden Scott, University of Canberra (ACT finalist)
  • Shylee-Jade Hadar-Pagliari, James Cook University (Queensland finalist)
  • Callum Gunn, University of South Australia (SA finalist)
  • Lauren Murray, Charles Darwin University (NT finalist)
  • McKinley Nolan, University of Tasmania (NAPSA Wildcard finalist)


PSA National President Associate Professor Fei Sim FPS congratulated the PSOTY competition finalists.


“The Pharmacy Student of the Year competition showcases the talents of the next generation of pharmacists, giving them the opportunity to develop and grow their skills,” Associate Professor Sim said.


“It’s exciting to see such enthusiastic students entering our profession and dedicating their futures to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.


“Award sponsor Viatris and PSA are proud to sponsor the finalists to attend the PSA24 conference where they will compete in the national finals.


“Congratulations to all the students who’ve participated in the competition this year for their dedication and commitment to pharmacy. Regardless of the outcome, you are already winners and should feel very proud for putting yourselves out of your comfort zone, for stepping up and taking on the challenge. This is exactly the ethos of our profession.”


PSA extends thanks to the PSOTY award sponsor, Viatris, for their ongoing support and wishes all finalists the best of luck at the national final.


Find out more about the PSA Pharmacy Student of the Year competition by visiting www.psa.org.au/psoty 


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