Thai pharmacy students get taste of uni life through exchange

TOUCHING DOWN: Thai students Chaiyanan (Ohm) Munee and Bint (Billy) Parawat Billabong arriving at Orange airport.
TOUCHING DOWN: Thai students Chaiyanan (Ohm) Munee and Bint (Billy) Parawat Billabong arriving at Orange airport.

A six week visit to Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Orange by two recently graduated international Doctor of Pharmacy students will come to an end this week.

The visit is the result of an agreement to foster pharmacy student and staff exchanges between CSU’s school of biomedical sciences and Rangsit University, a private university located in Pathum Thani, near Bangkok, Thailand.

While in Orange, Chaiyanan (Ohm) Munee and Bint (Billy) Parawat Billabong have compared the role of pharmacy in the health systems of Australia and Thailand under the guidance of Associate Professor Maree Simpson.

They have also worked with Dr Chris Parkinson on a research project assessing the delivery of antioxidants to the skin from anti-aging skin care products.

The students measured the levels of antioxidants available to the skin from a selection of commercial products and compared this to the delivery of antioxidants from 14 ‘in-house’ formulations.

IN THE FIELD: Chaiyanan (Ohm) Munee and Bint (Billy) Parawat Billabong working in the laboratory at Charles Sturt University's Orange campus.

IN THE FIELD: Chaiyanan (Ohm) Munee and Bint (Billy) Parawat Billabong working in the laboratory at Charles Sturt University's Orange campus.

Associate Professor Simpson said the students have been able to visit many different pharmacies in Orange and Bathurst and have identified differences in pharmacy courses and practices.

“I'd like to thank all the pharmacies who so generously welcomed our exchange students,” Professor Simpson said.

“Thanks to New Colombo Plan government funding, some CSU pharmacy students will have the opportunity to spend six weeks participating in an exchange to Rangsit in 2018 and can come back and share their experiences with staff and students here. In our globally connected world, I believe we can all learn from each other.”