Issue 6 - July 6, 2009 enews homee

Inaugural awards ceremony rewards CDU’s first Pharmacy graduates

From left: Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates Maria Tran, Ilinka Bacev, Skevos Lelikis, Marwa Osman, Simone Liddy, and Rebecca Clarke pose happily for photos at the CDU graduation ceremony

By Row Booker

The outstanding achievements of CDU Bachelor of Pharmacy students were acknowledged during the course’s inaugural awards night, which coincided with the university’s mid-year graduation ceremony.

Six prizes sponsored by professional stakeholders were awarded, acknowledging exceptional academic accomplishments during the students’ four years of study.

The event, which involved a cocktail reception at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, was organised by Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Discipline Leader Dr Pascale Dettwiller, who said she felt “each of the six recipients deserved a lavish ceremony to mark the occasion”.

“Each student has worked so hard during the course and their commitment has certainly paid off, not just with the achievements acknowledged here tonight, but also in the intern placements they’ve each managed to gain in excellent pharmaceutical settings throughout the Territory,” Dr Dettwiller said.

Receiving double awards at the ceremony, in addition to the Chief Minister's Prize for Science awarded the previous night, was intern pharmacist Marwa Osman, who received the ultimate accolade of Best Achiever in Pharmacy and the Achievements in Therapeutics prize.

“It was an honour to receive these awards. Throughout the course, my aim was to build my knowledge and understanding so that I could become a competent pharmacist, so to be acknowledged for doing well at what I enjoy feels fantastic,” Marwa said.

Other award recipients were Rebecca Clarke, who received the Commitment to Pharmacy Practice Outstanding Achievement award; Simone Liddy, who was awarded the Most Improved Student in Pharmacy Practice accolade; Maria Tran, Ilinka Bacev and Skevos Lelekis, who were each awarded the Inaugural CDU Pharmacy Students Graduating 2009 prize; and Hemangi Surti, who was the first Graduating Master by Research in Pharmacy.

Having completed the Bachelor of Pharmacy course, Marwa and her fellow graduates are now completing an intern year, after which they are expected to become registered professional pharmacists.

“There are many options with regards to employment that I can pursue at the end of my intern year. I’m currently exploring some of these avenues like working in community, hospital, or returning for further study. At the moment I feel like the world is my oyster,” she said.

“I am very grateful to the pharmacy lecturers for their commitment and dedication, as well as their continuous support throughout the course, which were essential to our success.”