Passion for quality
A passion to improve children’s medication in Aceh, Indonesia, lead Fitri to Good Manufacturing Practice.
Originally from Aceh, a province situated at Sumatra Island in Indonesia, Fitri Deliana has come to Australia to join the Graduate School of Health. With a passion for quality pharmaceuticals, particularly for children, Fitri is studying a Master of Good Manufacturing Practice in the hope to bring back her knowledge for the greater good of her local community.
Where are you from and what did you study before joining UTS?
I am originally from Aceh, a province in Sumatra Island, Indonesia.
Before joining UTS, I completed an Associate Degree in Pharmacy at Health Polytechnic of Aceh, a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy at Tjut Nyak Dhien University, and undertook an apothecary program in Andalas University, from which I got a license and became a certified pharmacist.
Why did you choose to study Good Manufacturing Practice, and why UTS?
I was motivated to study this course because I want to help children in my hometown with their medications. In Aceh, cost-effective medicines with suitable dosages for children are not readily available. This means that families may purchase more medication than required to treat their child, which is expensive and uneconomical for the patient’s family. I feel like I can do my bit by studying GMP, by learning how to manufacture safe and affordable medicine – with the appropriate dosages for children – and take this knowledge back to my country.
On why I choose UTS, it is the only university in the Asia Pacific to offer this program. As the course has been developed with the input of industry partner Seerpharma, we are learning from experts in the field, plus the content reflects what’s going on in the profession right now. UTS is very multicultural, and that was another drawcard as I enjoy mixing with people from diverse backgrounds. I also like the fact that it is based in the heart of Sydney, making it easy for me to get around and explore this fantastic city.
As the course has been developed with the input of industry partner Seerpharma, we are learning from experts in the field, plus the content reflects what’s going on in the profession right now.
How are you supporting yourself while studying in Australia?
As a recipient of the , I can focus on my study without having to worry about working as my tuition fees and living expenses have all been covered by the scholarship.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
In five years, I hope to return to my hometown, working in the pharmaceutical industry. I will use my knowledge to help manufacture safe and affordable medicine with correct dosages for children, or even assist at the local hospital’s manufacturing site to fulfil children’s medication. I am incredibly passionate about these little patients and want to ensure they receive safe and effective medicine!
I also hope to contribute to the world of academia as a future university lecturer so I can share my knowledge with others.
What advice do you have for students considering GMP?
For any student considering studying GMP, I would highly recommend coming to UTS. They offer detailed courses that have really enhanced my understanding of manufacturing safe and high-quality medicines.
The program is comprehensive, and I feel it is going to put the other students and me in good stead to be competent pharmacists or experts in the pharmaceutical industry.
How are you enjoying Sydney?
I am thoroughly enjoying living in Sydney! It is home to so many spectacular landmarks and attractions, from beaches to museums. On the weekends, I love going to the beach to watch the sunset. La Perouse, in the South-East Sydney, is my favourite as it has the best beaches in my view.
Want to find out more? Learn about courses in Good Manufacturing Practice here.