The Queensland Pharmacy Students’ Association (QPSA) is a not-for-profit association run by and for pharmacy students at the University of Queensland (UQ). QPSA are based at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) adjacent to the Princess Alexandra Hospital at Woolloongabba.
Established in 1948, QPSA have a proud tradition of offering members numerous opportunities outside their pharmacy degree, including educational, social, and sporting events.
They passionately advocate to bring students closer to the profession and extend their knowledge whilst nurturing positive change at the university. QPSA runs regular educational sessions aimed at all things pharmacy, strengthening student’s practical knowledge with topics not fully captured during the degree. Hosting several professional education sessions partnering with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, The Pharmaceutical Society, The Society of Hospital Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd, and the UQ School of Pharmacy to involve students with the profession early.
They also host networking opportunities with clinical pharmacists from various backgrounds allowing students to explore the pharmacy profession. QPSA boasts an ever-growing social calendar, from pub crawls to the gala ball and sporting involvement in UQ interfaculty competitions.
QPSA is affiliated with the National Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) allowing members to connect with other pharmacy students across the country with the pinnacle event the NAPSA Congress. This annual event brings together over 300 pharmacy students for a week of education, networking, and social events. Held at a new location each year Congress is a must for any pharmacy student. In 2019, QPSA took out the Best Branch award ‘Les’ after success at both Congress and other NAPSA Challenges. As part of NAPSA we also compete against these other pharmacy schools through Charity Cup (to raise money for a chosen charity), and in their annual blood drive challenge (Vampire Cup), which QPSA won in 2021!
QPSA merchandise is also a highlight for our members. Each year we sell placements shirts which are essential for every placement throughout the degree. We are also your one stop shop for AMH textbooks, winter hoodies, graduation merch and other goodies that will make university just that little bit easier.
Benefits of QPSA Membership:
With a brand-new perks card, a new and improved goodie bag for members, and discounts off textbooks, events, placement shirts, and merch who wouldn’t want to be a member of QPSA?
- Our Perks Card includes discounts to Pancake Manor, Brooklyn Depot, Retro’s, Birdees and many more!
- Discounted placement shirts
- Automatic membership to the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) and the International Pharmacy Students’ Federation (IPSF)
- Subscription to ePlacebo: regular industry relevant information emailed to you from NAPSA
Discounted textbooks including:
- AMH (Australian Medicines Handbook)
- Therapeutic Guidelines
Opportunity to attend numerous education events (free for QPSA members) including:
- OTC Night
- Smith and Nephew Wound Care
- Interviews & Resumes
- Diverse Roles in Pharmacy
- ITP Information Night
Discounted tickets for social events including:
- QPSA Annual Pharmacy Ball
- Fourth year graduation dinner
- UQ Allied Health ‘Scrub Crawl’
If you are interested in student discounts/benefits, networking, and making friends then this society for you!