The first documented pharmacy student society at the University of Sydney was formed in the 1920s. Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA) was founded in 1963, with the late Les Cashen AM as founding president. We provide services, advice, representation and organise social events for our 600+ members.
SUPA is a registered club/society with the University of Sydney Union, and is amongst the larger societies on campus. In 2004, we were successful in winning the Club/Society of the Year Award and the Publications Award. SUPA is run by a Committee consisting of the Executive, office bearers, and year representatives elected by members.
SUPA at the national and international levels
SUPA, then known as the Sydney University Pharmaceutical Association, was one of the founding organisations of the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA). We are currently the largest constituent organisation within NAPSA. All SUPA members are also members of NAPSA. All members of NAPSA are also members of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). This allows our members to gain a national and international perspective, and the associated membership benefits of these larger organisations. Les Cashen was the founding president of NAPSA. The IPSF President for 2003/04, Simon Bell, was a previous SUPA Secretary.
SUPA organises over 12 social events annually including pub crawls, barbeques, trivia nights, cruises, the annual ski trip, annual ball and more;
*We are often asked to help out at pharmacy events in Sydney, and SUPA coordinating the student participation at such events;
*Similarly, we assist the Faculty of Pharmacy at student information days and open days at the University;
*We sell reference books, textbooks, and dispensing equipment required for the course at substantially reduced prices;
*We organise annual second-hand book sales, allowing students to easily buy and sell second-hand textbooks from other students;
*We provide student input at the Faculty of Pharmacy’s Teaching and Learning Committee;
*Our year representatives present student issues and represent students at staff-student liaison meetings;
*We design and sell merchandise including the 4th-year jersey, and our (in)famous annual t-shirt;
*We coordinate the Pharmacy teams in the interfaculty sporting competitions;
*We are the contact point between pharmacy organisations, such as the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and students – free membership of these organisations is offered at our office;
*We can provide you with advice and refer you to the right people for any issues or enquiries you might have as a pharmacy student;
*We publish our newsletter The Mortar on a regular basis;
*We receive several leading pharmacy publications such as Pharmacy News and offer copies to members for free;
*All SUPA members are automatically members of NAPSA, receive all NAPSA benefits too.