The pharmacy program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting two pharmacy students from Thailand for a six week study exchange.
Ms Nannapat Suwannaprom and Ms Suparada Kongtum have recently completed the five year doctor of pharmacy program at Rangsit University, a private university located in Pathum Thani, near Bangkok, Thailand.
“We are delighted to welcome our second group of students from Rangsit University for a six week international internship here at Orange,” associate Professor Maree Simpson, CSU pharmacy program leader.
“The students will experience a varied program incorporating a complementary medicine research project and an introduction to pharmacy in Australia including different practice models, pharmacy law, ethics and standards, and an overview of hospital pharmacy practice.
“I am most appreciative of the community and hospital pharmacists who are so generously giving of their time and experience.”
Under the supervision of Dr Chris Parkinson, Nannapat and Suparada are undertaking a research project looking at the nutraceutical potential of apple pomace, a by-product of apple juice production.
Currently, this product is either disposed of or used as a low value stock feed supplement.
The project involves drying the agricultural product, developing an extraction procedure and analysing to determine the likely specifications of the product.
“The team believes that agricultural industries in and around Orange offer many opportunities to create high value nutraceuticals or supplements and this could be an area of growth for the region in the future,” Dr Parkinson said.
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