Issue 2
Monday, 13 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
PhD candidate Sam Keitaanpaa
PhD candidate Sam Keitaanpaa

Peak pharmacy body awards student

By Paul Dale

Charles Darwin University PhD candidate Sam Keitaanpaa has been recognised at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) Awards night.

Sam is the first Territorian to receive the SA/NT Early Career Pharmacist Development Award, which celebrates a young achiever, less than 10 years post-registration, who strives to raise practice standards and provide a model of practice others strive to meet.

Sam is currently completing his PhD with the Menzies School of Health Research.

Menzies Director Professor Alan Cass, who is Sam’s PhD supervisor, said he was delighted to hear of Sam’s award.

“Sam is passionate about improving the delivery of medicines to communities across the NT,” Professor Cass said.

“The SA/NT Early Career Pharmacist Development Award recognises his commitment to address high-priority public health challenges and find real world solutions.”

In his PhD, Sam is focusing on exploring strategies through pharmacies to address barriers to smoking cessation among Indigenous Australians.

He completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy with first class Honours from CDU and is passionate about improving medicine delivery and support for remote communities.

He was awarded the Pharmacy Student of the Year 2012 (NT) and the Ian Marshall Award for Outstanding Commitment to Pharmacy Practice.