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.

Dr Danielle Stowasser receives 2017 Fred J Boyd Award
Dr Danielle Stowasser receiving prestigious Fred J Boyd Award from SHPA President Prof. Michael Dooley

Fred J Boyd Award


The Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award


Medal of Merit


Fred J Boyd Award

The Fred J Boyd Award is bestowed annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital pharmacy in Australia. 

The Award is presented to an individual of high professional ideals who has made significant contributions to hospital pharmacy, an outstanding single achievement, or a combination of accomplishments benefiting hospital pharmacy and through it, humanity and public health.

2017 Fred J Boyd Award

The recipient of the 2017 Fred J Boyd award is Dr Danielle Stowasser

Previous recipients of the Fred J Boyd Award

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

Nominations are received from; past Presidents of SHPA, past recipients of the Fred J Boyd Award, Branch Committees or any five financial members of SHPA submitting and signing a recommendation. 

The selection panel includes past Presidents of SHPA for the ten years prior to the award year, a Fellow nominated by Council, past recipients for the ten years prior to the award year, current Branch Committee Chairs and the Federal President.

View more information on criteria and selection procedures.

The following extract is taken from the Federal Council meeting which established the inaugural award: "Whereas it was Fred J Boyd, whose vision, perseverance and dedication embodied the fundamental principles of hospital pharmacy, and whereas, Fred J Boyd practised his profession and exhibited his leadership and inspirational abilities in the State of Victoria, as well as the whole of Australia as the foundation President of SHPA it was therefore resolved that the Federal Council of SHPA create an award to be known as the Fred J Boyd Award given in the form of a plaque under the auspices of the Federal Council and it was further resolved that the Fred J Boyd Award be presented at the time of the Biennial Federal Conference of SHPA, or as determined by the Federal Council of SHPA." 

The Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

The 22st SHPA Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award, is an annual $2,500 prize that recognises the outstanding contributions of an SHPA member to clinical pharmacy practice.Dr Karen Whitfield receives the 2017 SHPA Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

2017 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

The recipient of the 2017 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award is Dr Karen Whitfield

Previous recipients of The Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

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

Nominations must be submitted in writing by Branch Committees, Committees of Specialty Practice, or by any five financial members of SHPA, and must include:

  • the written signed approval of the nominee
  • a curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • written signed references from two referees.

Selection criteria:

  • Outstanding contribution by an SHPA member in the field of clinical pharmacy practice, such as through academic achievement, professional leadership or national and international activity in clinical pharmacy, service to professional organisations (including SHPA) and other extra-mural activities.
  • Outstanding contribution to knowledge relating to clinical pharmacy practice or knowledge of therapeutics through research, clinical teaching, service on expert panels/committees, or publication in peer-reviewed pharmacy, medical, and/or scientific journals.

View more information on criteria and selection procedures. 

SHPA Medal of Merit

From 2014, the SHPA Medal of Merit, formerly known as the GlaxoSmithKline Medal of Merit, may be awarded Dr Michael Barras receives the 2017 SHPA Medal of Meritby Federal Council annually to a member of SHPA, in recognition of an outstanding recent contribution and exemplary effort involving a particular activity or activities relating to hospital pharmacy practice. The emphasis of the award is on encouragement rather than recognition of overall career achievement.

 2017 SHPA Medal of Merit

The recipient of the 2017 SHPA Medal of Merit is Dr Michael Barras

Previous recipients of the Medal of Merit

2016 Kate Richardson
2015 Kirstie Galbraith
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 Committees will be invited to nominate a suitable recipient.

The SHPA Medal of Merit shall be presented at SHPA's Medicines Management Conference. The recipient will be invited to deliver an oration which will subsequently be published in Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

Previously known as the GlaxoSmithKline Medal of Merit, this was an annual award available to a member of SHPA who had made an outstanding recent contribution or contributions to the practice of hospital pharmacy or the professional development of pharmacy in the preceding three years.

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.

View more information on criteria and selection procedures.

Medicines Management 2017 - Contributor Awards

SHPA Medicines Management 2017 - Contributor Awards
Medicines Management 2017 - Contributor Award Winners.
Left to right: Janelle Penno, Sarah Dinh, Ellisha Vas, Professor Michael Dooley, Amy Petersen, Emily Diprose
  • Best oral presenter: Janelle Penno, 'Improving medication labelling - patients driving their information'
  • Best first time poster presentation: Michelle Hooper, 'Clinicians' perspectice on use of the 'My Medicines and Me' side-effect questionnaire in community psychiatry'
  • Best poster presenter: Sarah Dinh, 'Helping patients to know their medicines by heart: Developing a patient e-learning module'
  • Best first time oral presenter: Aimee Petersen, 'You want MORE? A Case study of funnel web spider (FWS) anti-venom use in arachnidism'
  • Best technician poster presenter: Ellisha Vas, 'Developing and implementing a clinical trials audit to improve good clinical practice'
  • Best technician oral presenter: Aoife Waldron, 'Orange is the new tech! Developing a technician role in a state-wide correctional hepatitis program'
  • People's choice award for best poster: Emily Diprose, 'Using 'fake news' to improve Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)'

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