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Since its birth in Singapore in 2001, IPSF-APRO endeavours to represent pharmacy students across the Asia Pacific in over 10 countries. Our purpose is to support and advance the aims and objectives of the Federation at the regional level.

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Geoffrey Chai Chairperson

When did you first become active with APRO? My first exposure to IPSF was when I attended the national congress in Australia. During one of the workshops the CP of NAPSA (National Australian Pharmacy Students Association) was promoting IPSF activities and events. From there I found inspiration to join an international platform of meeting students from across the Asia Pacific and across the world. What year are you currently in? I have currently finished Pharmacy, but am undergoing registration in Singapore. Favourite subject of pharmacy? Pharmacy Practice. The reason for this is because I was able to apply clinical knowledge that I learnt to patients and real life scenarios as Pharmacy Practice gave everyone an opportunity to undergo externships in community and hospital pharmacy. What country/city would you love to live in? Australia, because it is my home

Christina Cho Secretary

What helped you to run for your APRO –RWG position? First time, Geoff Chai! He is a very influential person … second time, my own desire and the fact that I loved being on the RWG the first time What year are you currently in? As a pharmacist, I have graduated but I an now studying for a double Masters in Public Health and in International Health If I didn’t become a pharmacist, I would be instead … ? Realistically, a historian but ideally, a food critic or travel writer Favourite season? Summer September2012 IssueNo7

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Exaudi Ebennezer

Dyani Nabyla Widyaputri

What year are you currently in? Fourth year (the final year)

What helped you to run for your APRO –RWG position? I have so many things; Indonesian delegates supported me to run this position, my big passion for IPSF, and my family. As I also have worked for the federation as CP and APRO IPSF Regional Relations Officer subcommittee, this gave me courage to run for Regional Relations Officer position in this term!

Internal Coordinator and Communication Officer

What made you choose pharmacy as a career? When I was a kid, my dream was to be a doctor and when they asked why, I always answered “to help poor people who can’t pay the bill”. During junior high school, I didn’t want to be a doctor anymore but a musician instead. By chance, I chose to study pharmacy. After 2 years study at university, I found my passion was to learn more about medications and interacting will patients. What country/city would you love to live in? Tarutung, a small city in North Sumatera Indonesia, because I don’t like crowds nor traffic jams. One goal you wish to achieve in your term as a RWG member? I wish for more people to enjoy reading APRO Newsletter .

Regional Relations Officer

What university are you studying in? Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) One word to describe yourself? Spontaneous Favourite season? Indonesia only have two seasons… I’d rather choose rainy season!

Lee Meng San (Dora Lee)

Marika Yamada

Zodiac sign? Horse/Leo

Zodiac sign? Snake/Virgo

What helped you to run for your APRO –RWG position? Taiwanese people encouraged me to run during 2012 APPS-Taiwan, I am glad to say we’ve made it. I don’t want to stop this magic and I believe I can keep pushing myself to see where my limits are. Plus, being elected RPO fulfilled my year plan with a cherry on top.

When did you first become active with APRO? I saw what IPSF is in the World Congress in 2011 first time. The experience made me really inspired because all the participants have high spirits. That year was also memorial year because APS-Japan was elected to host of the APPS 2013. After a brief interval, I was selected to this position; the Chairperson of APPS 2013. I started to organize for the symposium.

Regional Projects Officer

Favourite subject of pharmacy? Pharmacotherapy If I didn’t become a pharmacist, I would be instead … ? A musician.

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Chairperson Of 12th APPS - Japan

What year are you currently in? 5 grade. What made you choose pharmacy as a career? I have 3 points about that. First, my mother is a pharmacist. Second, I love herbs, plants, and nature. Finally, during junior high my grandmother passed away due to cancer and although I wanted to help her, all I could do was pray. Thus, I wanted to become a pharmacist.

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Asia Pacific Regional Office | Newsletter 11th APPS Taiwan

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Symposium I We held two presentations by Yoa-Pu Hu and Hsueh-Yung Tai. The topic of the first presentation was “Pharmacist responsibilities to society”, and the other was “Drug safety and pharmaceutical”. These inspired the attendees and during discussion time, a lot of different opinions and ideas were shared. Symposium II

11th Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Symposium Taiwan

It was our honour to invite Professor Dr. Mohamed Azmi Hassali to deliver his presentation on ‘Medication safety beyond hospital: the role of pharmacist’ and Pharm. D., Angela On to teach us how to build a safer drug usage environment for the public. Through the two speakers, we learnt that being a pharmacist gave us a great duty in teaching the public how to use medications correctly. Symposium III In this symposium we were happy to invite Professor Sui Yung Chan of the National University of Singapore to share with us pharmacy education across the Asia-Pacific. We also invited Professor Yea-Huei Kao Yang to teach us about ‘Reforming pharmacy education to meet the social need’. Thanks to two speakers, we learnt more about the differences of pharmacy education between every country and how pharmacy education can be improved for future generations. Campaign

The 11th Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Symposium (APPS) was held in Taipei, Taiwan from 3rd - 9th July 2012. The organiser of this event was PSA-Taiwan , consisting of seven pharmacy schools; National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei Medical University (TMU), National Defence Medical Centre (NDMC), China Medical University (CMU), Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy & Science (CNU), Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU), and Tajen University (TJU), which represents over 4000 pharmaceutical students. PSA-Taiwan is recognised by the MOI (Ministry of Internal Affairs) as an approved legal organisation in Taiwan. The main university responsible for organisation was Taipei Medical University (TMU), and the theme of the 11th APPS was ‘Drug safety and Pharmaceutical Responsibility Education. We would like to say thank-you to the 260 participants from 14 countries that attended the 2012 APPS in Taipei, Taiwan. To be the host of 11th APPS 2012, representatives of PSA-Taiwan, Cathy and Henry, went to the 9th APPS 2010 Korea, and fortunately we had been accepted. It was a day never to be forgotten – it was so exciting ,and ever since then, Henry has been practicing his English every day. After returning to Taiwan, the first thing we did was to build the APPS committee. We made a team consisting of nearly 100 students from across all Taiwanese universities as the Reception Committee, 10 lecturers as mentors to form the Steering Committee, and two Vice-Chairpersons to help Henry, who was elected as Chairperson of APPS. During APPS we held 5 parallel symposium’s- The new version of community pharmacy services: home delivery service of chronic illness prescriptions, role of pharmacists in long-term care and telecare cooperation, ‘Drug Relief System’ —talking about Taiwanese experience, drug-drug, drug-herb and drug-food interaction, counterfeited drug identification techniques and prevention methods. We wanted all participants to be able to choose a topic in which they were interested in and discussions were aside after each presentation.

We held a parade from Taipei Medical University to a plaza near Taipei 101, where our campaign was held in Chianti Road Plaza. Taipei Pharmacist Association and the Reception Committee hosted this campaign. For the campaign we were given a special mission of conducting a survey on the public, asking them how they would use a particular medication and once completed, we received signatures. Being the host of 11th APPS 2012 was the first experience of myself andour committee of holding an international event and it was quite a difficult challenge for me. We hope that APPS was an excellent experience for all pharmaceutical students and that they will never forget in APPS 2012 in Taiwan. Although our English may not be fluent but we hope to show our tremendous passion and hospitality for all of the participants. Thank you to the Reception Committee of 11th APPS 2012 for working hard with me during these two years despite their ultra busy days as students. Especially, I would like to say thank you to the 16 executives who are in their graduating year (They have to take their license test 10 days post-APPS). Without you, we could not host such a succesful APPS 2012. CHU,WEI-HUA 11th APPS Chairperson 2012 Republic of China(Taiwan)

APPS hosted numerous eucational events such as academic symposiums, pharmaceutical workshops, Pharmacy Counselling Event (PCE) and Clinical Skills Event (CSE) competition as well as promoting a fantastic social environment with visits to culturally significant sights and organising the annual APPS gala ball. As part of the cultural tour of Taiwan, on day 3 of APPS, we visited the National Palace Museum and Pinghsi to experience the traditional sky lanterns. At night, hundreds of pharmacy students from across the Asia-Pacific region wrote down their wishes on sky lanterns, which were then released into the night sky. These lanterns were sent with our dreams and in the spirit of friendship. September2012 IssueNo7

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As pharmacists we are the experts in medicines. Communicating information to our patients about their medications is therefore an integral part of being a pharmacist; because if we don’t do it, who will?! I was lucky enough to have the chance to participate in the Patient Counselling Event (PCE) at the recent APPS in Taiwan and it brought a wealth of opportunity to me as a pharmacy student. To me, getting a case and trying to find the solution and prepare the answer is an exciting problem-solving process. First I have to understand the patient and their condition, and understand the treatment options myself. Then I take time to think, what would it be like in the patient’s shoes? How would I be feeling if I saw this medication for the first time? I consider their age, their background and their medical history to tailor the type of words I use, the amount of information to give and the pace to give it to them. Planning a logical sequence is also highly important! I have a standard sequence that I check off in my head as I go through the information. Most of all, I treat my patients with respect and don’t belittle them. Conversation is always two-way so listening for their responses and reading cues, for example a puzzled look, is always helpful! Winning PCE was a great honour and became one of my significant achievements. It was rewarding to share with everyone at APPS the importance of pharmacy counselling skills, and get feedback from experts in the field. Being invited to help with the next PCE is also an opportunity to give back to IPSF to help promote training in communication skills. Not to mention that when being interviewed for graduate jobs, it gave me something unique to talk about – employees are always intrigued when I mention participating in an event on an international level! PCE was a fun and challenging experience and I really encourage everyone to have a go. If you find that fear is a barrier, don’t be afraid! We all make mistakes and can learn from them. (Also, it’s better in this environment than in real life working situation, right?) Even if you don’t want to counsel in front of the APPS audience, practice when you can – at university, at work, to friends and family. The reputation of a pharmacist is on the line every time you interact with a patient, because remember: we are the medicine experts. Finally, congratulations to all my fellow PCE participants, and thank you to IPSF for the wonderful opportunity! Look forward to seeing everyone in Japan for APPS 2013!

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Amanda Wee Sydney, Australia

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Asia Pacific Regional Office | Newsletter SEP Experience

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Incoming students In 2012 we have received eight incoming students, of which we received three students in July and five students in September. Five students worked in pharmacy and three students were accepted to take part in research for use of natural herbs in treating acne and in cancer chemoprevention.

SEP in BEM KMFA UGM Indonesia BEM KMFA UGM started its involvement with Student Exchange Program (SEP) from 2009 with one incoming student from Iran. Since then we have aimed to invite more students to come and to also encourage our students to go abroad. In 2011 for the first time we sent one of our students to Germany and we also received one student from Poland. In 2012, we are happy to welcome eight incoming students ranging from United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Poland and Jordan.

All of our incoming students lived with a local family or a host family. The purpose was to give the students the experience of being a member of an Indonesian family. Students were also given the opportunity to visit herbal industries within the city and we also hosted ‘International Month’ in which our exchange friends were invited to share their experiences of pharmacy from their home country to our Indonesian students. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for SEP and fly to experience living with a local family and experience an internship in research or pharmacy in Yogyakarta, Indonesia! Deni Krisnamurti Student Exchange Officer BEM KMFA UGM, Indonesia

Outgoing student In July 2012 we sent one of our student to in Pingtung, Taiwan for a month to experience hospital pharmacy. Despite the language difference, she was thrilled to expand her knowledge and to also meet new friends. Thanks for the local committee and the SEO!

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SEP in BEM HMF ITB Indonesia This year, HMF-ITB Indonesia participated in IPSF Students Exchange Programme (SEP). We advertised for SEP to both internal (in our association) and external (to another association) students, using publication materials such as posters and presentations. In 2012, we had 5 outgoing students as well as 5 in-coming students. SEP was divided into 2 period, with the first intake of students being held from 1-30 July 2012. We had 2 students (from Serbia and Slovenia) that worked in our pharmacology and biotechnology laboratory in ITB. The second intake was held from 1-30 August 2012. We had 2 students (from Germany) that worked in a hospital and 1 student who worked in our laboratory. During the exchange programme, we also held events including our welcome party, International Night and the final presentation. During the welcome party, we presented our traditional dance and traditional food. International Night was held mid-term, in which our host students were invited to share their traditional food and dance with our students. At the end of their stay, the students were invited to present their report to our lecturer and supervisor, on what they achieved during their stay with us. Additionally, on the weekends we often accompanied our host students to different areas in or around Bandung, such as Volcano Mountain, White crater, Saung Angklung and Ciater. Overall, we were thrilled with what we have achieved so far, for both our incoming and outgoing students and we hope that next year will be just as successful. Anita Permatasari Student Exchange Officer BEM HMF ITB, Indonesia September2012 IssueNo7

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SEP in BEM USD Indonesia BEMF-USD, Faculty of Pharmacy, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia During 30th July – 28th August, 2012, our faculty received 2 foreign students from the Czech Republic. The SEP committee designed a schedule for the incoming students as well as providing accommodation. The students completed their internship in a pharmacy in our faculty and at Bethesda Hospital, each for a period of 2 weeks. Beside the internship, we also visited an industry of traditional and herbal medicine so that the students could improve their pharmacy knowledge. During the tour, the students saw the producing process, and they were offered the opportunity to participate in making traditional medicines. To further enrich their stay in Indonesia, the students and the committee travelled around Yogyakarta on the weekend or days off, visiting a lot of interesting places, such us famous temples in Yogyakarta and Central Java (Prambanan and Borobudur), historical sites including Kraton Yogyakarta (Sultan’s palace) and Malioboro beaches. From the feedback we received from the exchange students, they loved to work in Sanata Dharma Pharmacy and Bethesda Hospital, especially in the hospital ICU. They learned a lot from all departments and the provided services to patients, and they also experienced the difference in pharmacy practice between their home country and Indonesia. Previously they have never experienced traditional and herbal medicine first-hand and they liked it because it is a different approach than modern medicine. Overall, they enjoyed their time in Indonesia a lot. They commented that the people in Yogyakarta were very kind and helpful. Also, experiencing Indonesian culture was interesting and the natural environment was beautiful. From the evaluation from our faculty, they are greatly interested in further accepting foreign students. This opportunity would allow us to improve our English, and also trying to communicate with people from other countries that have a different language and culture. We hope that in the future, SEP continues to grow and be an interest to all pharmacy students. Chrisilia Cahyani Student Exchange Officer BEMF USD, Indonesia

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Asia Pacific Regional Office | Newsletter BEM KEMAFAR UNPAD

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Borobudur Temple, Central Java Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad) had successfully hosted Student Exchange Program (SEP) 2012, with SEP divided into two terms to smoothen the research time since Indonesia had “Eid Mubarak Day”.

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The first term was held 1st-22th July and saw the arrival of two incoming students from Poland, Ms. Anna Wzgarda and Ms. Aleksandra Rodzik. The main focus of their research was herbal medicines and the student’s extracted components of herbal plants to be incorporated into antioxidant gels and creams. The second term was held 2nd-26th September 2012 with Ms. Marta Rios from Spain and Ms. Julia Lukassowits from Germany being involved with medicinal chemistry as their main research focus. During the second term we arranged “SEP Corner” where the incoming and outgoing students shared experience of SEP and their univerisity studies to pharmacy students of UNPAD, which was very helpful for our four outgoing students, who were visiting Egypt, Portugal, Turkey, and South Korea. During both terms, the students were accompanied and helped daily by our internal SEP team that was led by Ms. Rina Nur Azizah as the Chief. Our internal SEP team not only connected the students with their lecturers, but also organized for social events such as weekend events and International Night since we realized that the students needed time off from laboratory activity on weekdays but to also visit amazing places and to experience the different culture Bandung has to offer. International Night helped the students to mingle with our organisation members in family spirit and friendly conversations.

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conversations. The students shared the traditional foods and dances of Indonesia and of their home countries, and played games, thus growing our friendship. Overall, SEP has strengthened the relationship between Indonesian and international students and enabled us to share information and knowledge regarding the development of the global pharmaceutical industry, broadened our mind’s and encouraged us to always aim for improving ourselves as pharmacists. Dinar Azzahra Student Exchange Officer BEM KEMAFAR UNPAD, Indonesia

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The 7th Issue of the APRO Newsletter, themed the story of the 11th APPS in Taiwan.

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The 7th Issue of the APRO Newsletter, themed the story of the 11th APPS in Taiwan.

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