From the President

Following a landmark year, SHPA continues to progress its vision for the future of pharmacy practitioner development in Australia in an ever-changing and rapidly evolving health landscape, to the benefit of individual practitioners, the profession and Australian patients.

By engaging with our member-base we are anticipating the needs of the sector while helping build agile pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and assistants, with the skills and tools needed to navigate the professional challenges and clinical complexities of the future.

Following 18 months of organisational evolution members ratified a new constitution promoting and protecting a strong history of Branch activity, preparing for organisational members and expanding voting membership to technicians and pharmacy assistants.

Our commitment to giving the profession a national and international voice continues to expand with a record number of submissions to federal and state governments, regulatory bodies and stakeholders, new connections forged with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (GB), and recognition of SHPA-led workforce development initiatives as aligned with 10 out of 13 global International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals.

On the ground, this means more opportunities for our members that ever before: revitalised Specialty Practice as a conduit to influence and drive pharmacy education and innovation across 24 disciplines, Foundation Residencies, a new Mentoring Program, new opportunities for Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants, forging research connections and boosting opportunities through the National Translational Research Collaborative – and encouraging and supporting participation in the new Advancing Practice credentialing pathway.

A high-quality and evolving education program and world-class publications will be complemented this year by revised SHPA Standards of Practice, new publications and the development of Advanced Training Residencies in 2019.

Representing and protecting our members, providing access and equity for membership benefits nationwide, and future-proofing the profession to ensure best patient care is at the heart of what SHPA does, and will continue to do.

Professor Michael Dooley
SHPA Federal President