Accolades and accomplishments as conference rounds out landmark year

There was strong momentum in the air and a nod to the sunshine state as final prizes capped a hugely successful Medicines Management 2017 conference, and a landmark year for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA).
Nearly 1,100 delegates clicked through the turnstiles of Sydney’s International Conference Centre on each day of the conference, which saw more than 200 posters presented and thoughtprovoking plenary sessions probe the short and mid-term future of a profession under constant evolution: 24/7 pharmacy, embedding research into clinical pharmacy practice, the importance of cultural competency and new thinking on the ‘millenial mindset’.
Other highlights included the opening of Advancing Practice, Australia’s new pathway for objectively measuring practitioners’ influence on pharmacy practice and patient care – which triggered over 100 registrations of interest in the first 48 hours – and the launch of the SHPA Mentoring Program, Australia’s only pharmacy mentoring program solely based on face-to-face connections.
On Friday, President Professor Michael Dooley revealed SHPA’s Annual report video, which showcased the year’s many highlights at Australia’s fastest-growing pharmacy organisation.
‘2017 saw member-driven advocacy on the national stage, a new constitution position SHPA for a bold future and, most importantly, strong ongoing growth in events and publications allowing SHPA to invest further into member activities and initiatives to support Australian hospital pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and technicians at key stages of their careers.’
SHPA recorded a 12 per cent growth in fee-paying membership in 2017 which, coupled with strong student membership growth, saw total membership edge close to 5,000 by the time of the conference.
In the closing plenary of the opening day, Chief Executive Kristin Michaels paid tribute to staff from the Melbourne and Canberra offices, and the seven Australian state and territory Branch Committees.
‘Our Branches continue to be the heart and soul of our organisation, and the face of our membership.’

Online buzz reached fever pitch on Saturday, with the #MM2017SHPA hashtag trending on Twitter and the Emerald City themed Gala Dinner bathing social media feeds in green.
In closing Australia’s largest annual scientific pharmacy conference yesterday, MM2017 Scientific Program Committee Chair Natalie Tasker passed the baton to Dr Michael Barras who will oversee Medicines Management 2018 (MM2018), the 44th SHPA National Conference in Brisbane, 22-25 November next year.
Dr Barras marked the occasion by opening a Facebook poll through which members can suggest themes for MM2018, and ‘like’ others, to inform a shortlist.
Full list of award winners: Medicines Management 2017

  • Best oral presenter: Janelle Penno, ‘Improving medication labelling- patients driving their information’
  • Best first time poster presenter; Michelle Hooper, ‘Clinicians’ perspective 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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