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Australian Competition open to NZ pharmacy students

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17 February 2017

Australian National Student Business Plan Competition open to New Zealand pharmacy students

New Zealand’s pharmacy students are invited to participate in the eleventh Australian National Student Business Plan Competition which was launched in January during the Annual National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA) Congress in Perth.

Team member of the 2016 winning entry, Surbhi Patel from University of Auckland, launched the competition by detailing her experience to fellow students, “I found the competition to be an invaluable experience which has set a good foundation for beginning my career as a community pharmacist, the experience made me think differently about the day to day operations of a pharmacy, especially as pharmacy management is such a small part of our curriculum.”

The competition aims to encourage student teams to use their talents and energy to create innovative new business ideas in community pharmacy through the development of competitive business plans.

The 2017 competition timeline is below and all information is available at www.guild.org.au/news-events/awards-recognition/national-student-business-plan-competition.

The competition, which commenced in 2006, encourages innovation among pharmacy students who will be the future owners of Australian and New Zealand community pharmacies. In 2017 the 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 Australia’s 2017 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 third Trans-Tasman year.

ENDS

Notes:

• The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (Inc) is a national membership organisation representing community pharmacy owners. We provide leadership on all issues affecting members and advocate for the business and professional interests of members.

• For additional information on the Guild and community pharmacy, visit www.pgnz.org.nz.

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