CSU pharmacy students elected to represent peers


Thursday 16 Jul 2015

Eleanna BallisA pharmacy student from Charles Sturt University (CSU) has been elected to head the peak body for pharmacy students across Australia, the National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association (NAPSA). 

Bachelor of Pharmacy student Ms Eleanna Ballis in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Wagga Wagga was elected president of NAPSA at the Association's annual general meeting in Sydney on Saturday 11 July. 

For the next 12 months the final-year student will lead the executive which includes fellow pharmacy student Mr Jack Buckley from CSU in Orange who was elected as treasurer of NAPSA.

A third pharmacy student, Ms Brittany Santilla from CSU in Wagga Wagga, was elected as the Association's education chair.

Ms Ballis said, "I have a huge appreciation for what NAPSA has done for me as a student, in terms of offering advocacy, extra educational events, as well as endless networking opportunities.

"This has motivated me to give back to the organisation and further assist pharmacy students.

"The role of NAPSA president is a huge responsibility. The major priority is to ensure all decisions are made for the benefit of members.

"I will continue to advocate for pharmacy students, and guide and co-ordinate the board and committee chairs to ensure the visions of NAPSA are being achieved.

"In addition to this, it is also important to maintain relationships with sponsors and stakeholders in the industry."

CSU senior lecturer in pharmacy practice Mr George John said, "I congratulate all three Charles Sturt University students on their election to important roles in NAPSA.

"I foresee them as leaders in the profession in the next two years."

Earlier this year, Ms Ballis, from Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast, was awarded the Peter Gissing Scholarship through the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust. Ms Santilla won the same scholarship in 2013.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a four-year program offered through the University's School of Biomedical Sciences in Orange and Wagga Wagga.


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Photo: Bachelor of Pharmacy student Ms Eleanna Ballis from the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga.