Powering pharmacists’ potential: SHPA Mentoring Program launched
Australia’s only pharmacy mentoring program solely based on one-to-one connections is a reality this morning, with the launch of the SHPA Mentoring Program that will empower pharmacists to build their confidence, sharpen their focus, dismantle barriers and grow job satisfaction.
SHPA President Professor Michael Dooley announced the opening of applications for a limited-placement pilot year of the program in 2018, at the morning plenary of Medicines Management 2017, the 43rd SHPA National Conference in Sydney.
SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the development of the SHPA Mentoring Program was driven by members: ‘The need for an SHPA-guided mentoring program aimed at mid-career hospital pharmacists was confirmed as part of members’ recommendations made at the 2016 SHPA Future Summit.’
‘When members talk, we listen, and it is fantastic to see a program – targeted at all hospital pharmacists, technicians and pharmacy assistants – up and running one year later, ready to empower mentors and mentees to fulfil their potential.
Ms Michaels says by nurturing the workforce and the pharmacy profession, the SHPA Mentoring Program ultimately aims to enhance the outcomes of Australian patients: ‘The healthcare landscape is changing, and the roles of pharmacists are becoming broader in scope and increasingly complex.
‘The SHPA Mentoring Program will help pharmacists – whether their careers are just beginning, changing shape, or at a fork in the road – navigate this environment to ensuring they can have the strongest impact on excellent medicines management and patient care.’