ECPs win big at APSA awards

Early career pharmacists Lily Pham MPS and Oya Gulal MPS received nods at the APSA awards

Two early career pharmacists who made presentations to PSA22 on research into pharmacist-delivered perinatal depression screening and opinions of pharmacists’ CPD requirements were presented with 2022 Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA) awards during the closing luncheon on Day 3 today (Sunday).

Earlier this year, PSA renewed its partnership with APSA, which began in 2019, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the next year.

The APSA Most Outstanding Oral Presentation winner was hospital pharmacist and Master of Philosophy candidate at the University of Sydney Lily Pham. The awards were presented to each winner by Dr Sarira El-Den MPS and Lisa Kalisch from APSA.

At PSA22 on Saturday, Ms Pham gave a presentation on the ‘Qualitative exploration of perinatal women’s views of pharmacist-delivered perinatal depression screening’ to a very interested audience. 

Ms Pham who told Australian Pharmacist readers about her experiences at this year’s OnShore Refresher Conference in Darwin in the June issue news section, said afterwards that her presentation topic really ‘supports pharmacists working at their top of scope in mental health’.

The APSA Most Outstanding Poster Presentation winner was Oya Gulal. She is a New South Wales-based PSA Professional Practice Pharmacist, PSA Pharmacist Trainer, and a Subject Matter Expert at the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Ms Gulal  was featured by AP on her 6-month stint as a pharmacist immuniser with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in New South Wales.

Her poster presentation was on ‘Australian pharmacists opinions of their CPD requirements’ which was watched by a sea of pharmacists and delegates wearing ‘silent disco’ headphones during numerous poster presentations on the afternoon of Day 2 (Saturday).

The PSA22 ‘silent disco’

On her award, Ms Gulal said: ‘Further education and emphasis on CPD will ensure Australian pharmacists understand and value their role in supporting the changes in practice scope for professional development, pharmacy practice and safety.’

So, start planning your abstracts for next year.

Meanwhile, find Lily Pham here and Oya Gulal here.