Celebrating the ever-expanding core of pharmacy practice

The passionate, committed and innovative members of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) look beyond traditional roles and into the future in the latest issue of Pharmacy Growth, Research, Innovation and Training (GRIT), exploring and celebrating the many ways pharmacists are working to anticipate future healthcare needs by expanding the core of pharmacy practice.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the latest issue of Pharmacy GRIT delves into how members are driving change across a range of new and emerging roles across diverse settings, finding new ways to deploy their core skills to benefit patients.

‘From automated technological solutions to rapid-response disaster relief, and smarter purchasing during medicines shortages to work-place satisfaction and seven-day services, SHPA members are at the forefront of ingenuity as our profession rapidly evolves.’

In a special feature, Mel Morrow from the Northern Territory explains how core pharmacy practice can be agile and mobile, when pharmacists from the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin leap into action at ground zero when a disaster strikes the region.

Pharmacy GRIT also gains valuable insight into how SHPA members at the Royal Adelaide Hospital overcame unexpected hurdles and embraced automated technology during a three-day move which saw 300 patients safely transported to a new state-of-the-art hospital.

‘Despite the move taking just three days, the six months surrounding this time have provided many a lesson for our pharmacy department as we have adapted to our new home and embraced automated technologies,’ says Ashley Crawford, Acting Deputy Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

‘Moving the RAH Pharmacy Department was bigger and more exhausting than we could have imagined – we hope that as we embed our automation practices, we can move more staff into the patient-facing and clinically driven business of creating better outcomes for those who need care.’

With tips on how to extend and expand clinical pharmacy service hours to seven-days, a behind-the-scenes look at how medicines shortages can be managed through smarter purchasing with trailblazing technician, Paula Caird from Fiona Stanley Hospital, and lively member input in The Tonic and Letters to the Community, the latest Pharmacy GRIT is available free to all SHPA members.

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