An Australian woman has cancelled her pharmacy school after learning she had been diagnosed with a cold.
In a statement on the school’s Facebook page, the Australian Women’s Pharmacy College said it would not offer the “most advanced” course because Ms Anderton had to travel to another location to have her blood pressure checked.
“We understand that you are feeling stressed, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” the statement said.
Ms Aderton, who is from New South Wales, had travelled to Perth from Canberra to enrol in the course but was told she had to make an appointment at a different pharmacy.
The statement added that Ms Agerton was “currently at home in Australia”.
“We would like to advise that she will not be able to attend the pharmacy course and we are unable to guarantee that she can get her blood pressures checked by the specialist in Perth.”
Ms Ayerton was initially told she would need to make another appointment at the same pharmacy, but the college said it had to cancel the course.
“It was a tough decision and it is important that you know that we will be looking at what we can do to help you get back into your practice,” the college added.
Ms Annerton, of Perth, told the ABC she was “disappointed” and “angry” that the course was cancelled.
“I was very disappointed because I have been told I will not get the advanced course because I don’t have the money to pay for it,” she said.
“The money that I am paying will go to paying the bills that are being caused by this.”
Ms Anderton said the pharmacy school was not giving her money back because it did not want to risk her family.
“If the money that was given to me to get into the course is not enough to cover the bills, then we are not going to get the money,” she told ABC News Breakfast.
“And I just think that the way the school is doing it, it is very, very unfair.”
Ms Anne Ayerston told the radio station she felt “very betrayed” by the school.
“They are going to put money in my pocket and say, ‘Well, you know, it’s because we can’t afford it’,” she said, adding that she felt like she had lost her family as a result of the cancellation.
“My mum and dad have been very supportive, but they are angry because I cannot afford to go back to the pharmacy.”
Ms Angellton has not been allowed to attend her class, and the college told the Australian Press the school was “actively considering other options”.
Ms Angerton said she had not received a reply from the pharmacy college.
“That was disappointing,” she added.
“When you are told that you can’t do something because you have no money, it makes me feel very angry.”
Pharmacy schools are usually accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APCC), which regulates the industry, but Ms Angelli said she was not confident the school would comply with APCC regulations.
“There’s a real lack of accountability, there’s a lack of transparency, there are no guidelines, no standards, and there are so many loopholes in the regulations that people are not being held accountable,” she explained.
“So it’s just frustrating to be told I can’t take a class because I can only afford the course and not the tuition.”
APCC spokeswoman Emma Jones told the Radio National Breakfast that there were a range of options available to those who wanted to enrol at a pharmacy school.
These included continuing their existing course with the APCC accredited pharmacy, and continuing to attend an accredited pharmacy school, but she said this option was more expensive.
“Our advice is to enrol and if you can afford it, you can enrol, if you have the right qualifications,” Ms Jones said.
‘A great opportunity’ for young people Pharmacy students typically enrol at the end of their second year, but in the case of Ms Angellerton, she had already taken an APCC approved course and was already a member of the pharmacy profession.
Ms Angellor said she wanted to encourage young people to apply for pharmacy jobs, but was not sure if she could afford it.
“Obviously the APAC is going to be working on that with them,” she noted.
“But I don.
I don’ know what their guidelines are, I don'”t know what the APIC can do, she said in the interview.
“How can I pay for the course?
How can I make sure that my family is financially secure, so that they can be able [to] have a healthy life and not have to worry about going to work and having to pay their rent?”
The ABC contacted the Australian College of Pharmacy (ACP) for comment but had not yet received a response.