SHPA offers a number of awards for members who make outstanding contributions to the profession of hospital pharmacy.  These awards recognise excellence and reward dedication and innovation, and we thank the recipients for their contribution to our profession.

SHPA Awards

SHPA Branch Awards

SHPA Members' Awards

SHPA Resident of the Year Award

Launched in 2017, SHPA’s Foundation Residency is Australia’s first structured, formalised, supported and accredited national pharmacy residency program. It offers participants invaluable opportunities to develop their clinical knowledge and skillsets through exposure to a broad range of activities, such as research, education and committee involvement. The SHPA Resident of the Year competition celebrates these achievements.

Fred J Boyd Award

Established in 1978 in memory of SHPA's Founding President, the Fred J Boyd Award is the organisation's most prestigious award, recognising a member who has made a significant contribution to hospital pharmacy in Australia through oustanding achievement impacting public health and patient care.

Nominations for this award are now closed.

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 2020 Fred J Boyd Award recipient – Professor Jeff Hughes

Professor Jeff Hughes received this award, recognising his commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and innovation, and extensive accomplishments as an outstanding pharmacy practitioner, educator and researcher.

Previous recipients of the Fred J Boyd Award

2019 Steve Morris
2018 Associate Professor Ian Coombes
2017 Dr Danielle Stowasser
2016 Debra Rowett
2015 Sue Kirsa
2014 Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO
2013 Yvonne Allinson
2011 Bill Thomson
2009 Kingsley Coulthard
2007 Susan Alexander
2005 Margaret Duguid
2003 Mary Hemming
2001 John Low
1999 Ian Brand
1997 Frank May    
1995 Pam Nieman
1993 Virginia Richardson
1991 Arthur N Jones
1989 Aino Mackie
1987 Stanley W Hayes
1985 Percival L Jeffs
1983 Neil Naismith
1981 W G Mercer
1979 Barry Miller


The Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

SHPA members are at the forefront of clinical pharmacy practice; SHPA's Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award recognises the outstanding contributions members make in this area and the crucial role pharmacists play on the patient journey. 

Nominations for this award are now closed.

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 2020 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award recipient – Dr Erica Tong

Dr Erica Tong received this award, recognising her professional leadership, broad research impact and Australia-first innovations, including the development and implementation of partnered pharmacist charting.

Previous recipients of The Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

2019 Matthew Rawlins
2018 Dr Rohan Elliott
2017 Dr Karen Whitfield
2016 Debbie Rigby
2015 Christine Carrington
2013 Sasha Bennett
2012 Jason Roberts
2011 Greg Roberts
2010 Garth Birdsey
2009 Susan Welch
2008 George Taylor
2007 Neil Cottrell
2006 Kirstie Galbraith
2005 Simone Taylor
2004 Michael Dooley
2003 Ian Coombes
2002 Debra Rowett
2001 Jeffery Hughes
2000 Dave Cosh
1999 Kingsley Coulthard
1998 Chris Alderman
1997 Chris Doecke


SHPA Medal of Merit

The SHPA Medal of Merit is awarded to an SHPA member in recognition of outstanding recent contributions and exemplary effort in hospital pharmacy practice. First awarded in 1962 as the Evans Medal of Merit to SHPA's founding president Fred J Boyd, it was awarded 46 times as the Evans Medal of Merit, Allen and Hanbury Medal of Merit, Glaxo Medal of Merit, Glaxo Wellcome Medal of Merit and finally the GlaxoSmithKline Medal of Merit, which was presented for the final time in 2013. 

Nominations for this award are now closed.

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 2020 SHPA Medal of Merit recipient – Vaughn Eaton FSHP

Mr Vaughn Eaton FSHP received this award, recognising his outstanding recent contributions and exemplary efforts in hospital pharmacy practice in South Australia and beyond.

Previous recipients of the Medal of Merit

2019 Tom Simpson
2018 Dr Lisa Pont
2017 Dr Michael Barras
2016 Kate Richardson
2015 Kirstie Galbraith
2014 Amber Polles (nee Roberts)
2013 David Kong
2012 Rohan Elliott
2011 Bhavini Patel
2010 Ian Coombes
2009 Naomi Burgess
2008 Jo-anne Brien
2007 Rosemary Burke
2006 Karen Kaye
2005 Helen Dowling
2004 Danielle Stowasser
2003 Michael Dooley
2002 Penny Thornton
2001 Graeme Vernon
2000 Karen Allen
1999 Jenny Johnstone
1998 Jeff Hughes
1997 Susan Tett
1996 David Cosh
1995 Kay Hynes
1994 Roberta Lauchlan
1993 Christopher Alderman
1992 John Low
1991 Ian Larmour
1990 Pam Nieman
1989 Michael J Ryan
1988 Richard Plumridge
1987 Frank May
1986 Mary Hemming
1984 Sr. Marie Therese Rosenberg
1983 Arthur Jones
1982 Byron Guthrie
1981 William Thomson
1980 Barrie Miller
1979 Frank Ryan
1978 John Dickson
1977 Michael Wyer
1976 Melvyn Davis
1975 Neil W. Naismith
1971 John Wrench
1970 Barrie Miller
1969 Edward Phelan
1967 Mavis Sweeney
1964 Stanley Hayes MBE
1964 P. Lance Jeffs
1963 Charles Macgibbon
1962 Fred J Boyd JP


SHPA Branch Awards

SHPA members in all states and territories are eligible for Branch Awards across five categories, covering interns, early career pharmacists, technicians, hospital teams and pharmacists. We are pleased to continue all historical awards, while also aligning with the SHPA Members' Awards, with all state/territory recipients in the Early Career Pharmacist, Technician and Hospital Team Innovation categories will automatically progress to national finals determined by member vote.

Nominations are now closed.

SHPA Member's Awards

Launched in 2019 and complementing the prestigious annual SHPA Awards bestowed by the Board of Directors, and SHPA Branch Awards across states and territories, these national awards provide an exciting new platform through which peers are able to recognise the growth and leadership of a hospital pharmacist, a technician or pharmacy assistant, and a hospital team.

SHPA Early Career Pharmacist of the Year

This award celebrates an emerging leader who has undertaken work which addresses one or more of the five national competency framework domains and demonstrates their commitment to leading Australian pharmacy.

Previous recipients of the SHPA Early Career Pharmacist of the Year

2020 Phil Tibbits (Tas)
2019 Dr Jacinta Johnson (SA/NT) ('Emerging Leader of the Year' in inaugural year)

SHPA Technician of the Year

This award celebrates a technician or pharmacy assistant whose project, initiative or work demonstrates or promises measurable impact on quality use of medicines, patient care, and/or staff wellbeing.

Previous recipients of the SHPA Technician of the Year

2020 Liza D'Ettorre (Tas)
2019 Gemma Kemsley (Vic)

SHPA Hospital Team Innovation of the Year

This award celebrates a pharmacist-led team which has undertaken a multi-disciplinary project, initiative or work which demonstrates or promises measurable impact on quality use of medicines, patient care, and/or staff wellbeing.

Previous recipients of the SHPA Hospital Team Innovation of the Year

2020 The WACHS TeleChemotherapy Cancer Team (WA)
2019 TOPCare Cardiology Project, Ballarat Health Services (Vic)

SHPA Resident of the Year Award

Mika Varitimos (Qld) received this award in recognition of her contribution to medication management in patients with Parkinson's disease as demonstrated in her presentation 'The time is now: ensuring timely and appropriate medications for patients with Parkinson's disease'.

Previous recipients of the SHPA Resident of the Year Award

2020 Mika Varitimos (Qld)
2019 Jacinta Castello (Vic)