Committees & networks


Rural hospital pharmacy

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.

Leadership and Management Reference Group

Chair: Bhavini Patel 
Margie Butnoris
Prof. Michael Dooley
Daniel Gilbertson
Colin Hui
Assoc. Prof. Sue Kirsa
Terry Maunsell
Kristin Michaels
Steve Morris
Amber Polles
Michael Ryan
David Walters
John Woodward

National Pharmacy Technician Network

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.

National Pharmacy Technician Network Members

Chair: Lorah Hickman
Alfred Pharmacy, Vic.

ACT representative: Bryan Walker
Canberra Hospital and Health Services

NSW representative: Mark Clifford
Westmead Hospital

Qld representative: Elise Franciskovic
Cairns Hospital

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.

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 

Rural and Regional Advisory Group

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 Board of Directors.

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.

Rural and Regional Advisory Group

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


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Specialty Practice Streams

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.

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