SHPA has a range of committees and networks among our membership which work in areas related to therapeutic or practice areas of pharmacy specialty or to provide additional support or recognition of activities in evolving areas of pharmacy.
Leadership and Management Reference Group
Rural and Regional Advisory Group
National Pharmacy Technician Network
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Specialty Practice Streams
Whilst members are welcome to contact a committee or network chair directly, non-members are encouraged to first contact the SHPA Secretariat about any area of interest.
Chair: Bhavini Patel
Prof. Michael Dooley
Assoc. Prof. Sue Kirsa
The National Pharmacy Technician Network (NPTN) was established to provide a unified and nationally consistent approach to the issues facing pharmacy assistants and technicians in both a professional and educational context.
Chair: Lorah Hickman
Alfred Pharmacy, Vic.
ACT representative: Bryan Walker
Canberra Hospital and Health Services
NSW representative: Melanie Anderson
John Hunter Hospital
Qld representative: Phillipa (Pippa) Burchnall
Gold Coast Health
SA/NT representative: Tara Clayson-Fisher
Flinders Medical Centre
Tas. representative: Vacant
WA representative: Paula Caird
Fremantle Hospital Pharmacy
Convenor: Trudy Teasdale
Gold Coast Health
The NPTN has a Facebook group, SHPA Technician Network Discussion Group, open to members and non-members.
The SHPA eCPD website has a range of resources for technicians such as:
- A technician specific discussion forum.
- Various Technician specific CE on demand webinars.
- A wide range of other CE on demand webinars.
- 16 tutorials under principles for the use of medicines for Australian Pharmacy Technicians
The Rural and Regional Advisory Group has representatives across Australia. The network meets by audio-teleconference four times a year, and addresses issues of importance to rural members.
The Chair of the committee is also SHPA's Rural Adviser to the Federal Council.
If you have any ideas about how this group can support you as a rural member or issues you would like them to address, contact SHPA Member Liaison Suzanne Newman.
NSW: Ian Mawbey, Anna Barwick
NT: Kara Milne, Ange Young
QLD: Michelle Rothwell (Chair), Kim Novak
SA: Jennifer Pink, Tasma Wagner
TAS: Kelly Beswick
VIC: David Kong, Nicole O'Shea
WA: Frank Andinach, Meeghan Clay
In June 2017 Committees of Specialty Practice (COSPs) were replaced by 26 Specialty Practice Streams. Each stream comprises an Interest Group, the entry level to the stream; a Practice Group, for members with demonstrable experience in or committment to the specialty; and a Leadershp Committee, elected from the Practice Group and which will drive the activities of the stream.
Streams support the growth of individual members as they develop expertise in a specialty and develop and support SHPA activities including Standards of Practice, education and advocacy.