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The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) is the national professional organisation for over 3,000 pharmacists, pharmacists in training, pharmacy technicians and associates working across Australia’s health system. SHPA is the only professional pharmacy organisation with a strong base of members practising in public and private hospitals and other health services. 

SHPA is committed to facilitating the safe and effective use of medicines, which is the core business of pharmacists, especially in hospitals. SHPA supports pharmacists to meet medication and related service needs, so that both optimal health outcomes and economic objectives are achieved for individual Australians, for the community as a whole and for healthcare facilities.

SHPA was established in 1941 following the pioneering efforts of 25 public hospital pharmacists from Victoria. From 1947 to 1964 other branches were developed. The inaugural meeting of the national council and first national conference were held in Adelaide in 1961.  SHPA is governed by a Federal Council which is supported by Branches and Committees of Specialty Practice. All councillors and branch committee members are volunteers and are elected by the membership.

the shpa vision:

excellence in medicines management for better health outcomes through leading edge pharmacy practice and research

the shpa mission:

  • supporting the continuing professional development of our members
  • having strong membership across hospitals and all quality use of medicines settings
  • partnering with key medicines stakeholders
  • advocating for the safe and effective use of medicines across the continuum of care

With a core base of members practising in public and private hospitals, other health service facilities and primary care, no professional organisation is better equipped to support pharmacists to serve Australian consumers who are receiving acute, complex or chronic health care. 

SHPA adds its voice, on behalf of its membership, to advocate for pharmacist and medication management services across all practice settings. SHPA speaks up to ensure that government and others understand the benefit consumers get from pharmacist services, and works with all stakeholders on policies for medicines and pharmacy services across the continuum of care.

Fundamental to the success of SHPA is the culture of cooperation, collaboration and contribution that is reflected in the high level of membership involvement. A core value held by SHPA is the recognition of the commitment of the many volunteers throughout our membership whose efforts are noteworthy in so many national and branch level SHPA activities and member services.

 


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