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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 service facilities.

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 Australians, as individuals, for the community as a whole and for healthcare facilities within our systems of healthcare.

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 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 and other health service facilities, no professional organisation is better equipped to support pharmacists to serve Australian consumers who are receiving acute or complex health 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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  • Sanofi Pamela Nieman Continuum of Care Research Grant
  • SHPA members can apply for this research grant, valued at $10,000, to enable specific research into processes and outcomes that optimise medication management across the health care continuum.
  • PBS changes to simplify access to clozapine and HIV tests and treatment - FROM JULY 2015
  • Changes to the prescribing and supply of clozapine and HIV antiretroviral therapy means that from 1 July 2015, community pharmacies will be able to dispense these medicines as a streamlined authority, regardless of where they were prescribed.
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  • It will give you access to important clinical textbooks on the go - from your phone, on the ward, doing an HMR. Find out how to access this new member benefit.


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