Professor Michael Dooley re-elected SHPA President

Professor Michael Dooley has been re-elected as President of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), marking a smooth transition into a new era after a landmark year for the organisation.

Professor Dooley, who is also Director of Pharmacy at the Alfred Hospital and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Monash University in Victoria, will be supported by Trudy Teasdale, who was elected SHPA Vice President and is Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service in Queensland.

Professor Dooley says SHPA is positioned strongly to drive the pharmacy profession forward.

‘It is a honour to continue to represent SHPA and I am excited about the many initiatives SHPA has underway into 2018 – including Specialty Practice, our Residency and Mentoring programs, Technician Role Redesign and the National Translational Research Collaborative – as we work to support and advocate for patients and the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working across Australia’s health system.’

Professor Dooley says that building and strengthening alliances will be an ongoing priority.

‘While we have built a strong foundation on which to drive the ongoing expansion and emergence of new roles for hospital pharmacists, we look forward to fostering more partnerships within healthcare to ensure  improvements in the safety and quality of medicines use leads to better patient care across all healthcare settings.’

Professor Dooley says the new year will see SHPA continue to progress its vision for the future of pharmacy practitioner development in Australia, to the benefit of individual practitioners, the profession and Australian patients.

‘In particular, SHPA is excited about leading advancing practice and supporting the many pharmacists  that have a major impact on patient outcomes through recognition of their practice with the new Advancing Practice program.’

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