Turning points in pharmacy as key programs lift off

Record high membership and growing events and publications revenue in 2017-18 enabled the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) to drive ongoing investment into high-quality services and benefits for Australia’s leading community of pharmacists and technicians.

As detailed in the 2018 SHPA Annual Report video and supporting four-page document – released tonight at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with Medicines Management 2018, the 44th SHPA National Conference in Brisbane – a 5% increase in revenue and budgeted deficit allowed for ongoing strategic investment into SHPA’s cornerstone, Australia-first programs.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says 2018 was a year of turning points for SHPA.

‘Our growing advocacy efforts led to real nationwide change, we threw our weight behind Advancing Practice – a bold initiative to develop the broader profession – and we delivered more of our tailored CPD than ever before to support our members.

‘The year of milestones comes as we see growing opportunities in Australian hospital pharmacy, as the sector continues to grow nationally.’

The Department of Health’s mid-year Health Workforce Data showed hospital pharmacy comprised nearly half of all jobs growth in the Australian pharmacy sector in the four years to 2016, and hospital pharmacy now accounts for approximately 20% of all pharmacy roles in Australia, up from 16.6% five years ago.

SHPA President Professor Michael Dooley says the organisation continues to forge ahead and shape the future of Australian pharmacy.

‘We’re lifting our eyes to the horizon and investing in innovative programs to support pharmacists and technicians at every stage of their career.

‘Members have responded: SHPA’s thriving Specialty Practice now supports the practice of over 2,000 pharmacists enrolled across 26 streams, we saw 59% growth in Foundation Resident numbers at 33 sites across the country as we prepare to implement two-year Advanced Training Residencies in 2019, and we celebrated 33 members credentialed as advanced practice pharmacists.’

2018 also saw the first pairings complete the SHPA Mentoring Program, the second volume of new member magazine Pharmacy GRIT, membership of the National Translational Research Collaborative (NTRC) increase by 85% (individual) and 37% (organisations), while a buzzing membership base saw SHPA’s total social media audience boom 74 per cent to 1.6 million.

Ms Michaels says the transformative year was made possible by the dedication and commitment of members across the country.

‘A huge thank you to every individual on the seven SHPA Branches who worked tirelessly to ensure the diverse grassroots experiences of our members are understood, respected and reflected in everything we do.

‘To all other committee members, and to my colleagues at the SHPA Secretariat, thank you for your roles in another successful year, a turning point for the organisation, the pharmacy profession and our now 5,000-strong membership.’


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