Pharmacy GRIT Articles


Research reflection

The benefit of local research: conducting an audit of appropriateness of new proton pump inhibitor prescriptions on discharge

Alice I. Hann                                                                                                                                                                                                

This article is a sophisticated reflection on the ways smaller, local projects can lay foundations for future research and Alice’s changing perspective of the value of local audits.

[Published 17 April 2024]


The ultimate guide to Medication Safety Week

Julianne Chong, Russell Levy, Garry Soo, Jocelyn Ong, and Rosemary Burke (PSM)

This feature article explores the creation of the innovative Medication Safety Week promotion successfully undertaken within the Sydney Local Health District in 2022 and 2023. 

[Published 3 April 2024]

Medication safety

Medication safety everywhere: displaying parracetamol and ibuprofen products

Linda Graudins and Toni Howell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

On behalf of the Medication Safety Leadership Committee, Linda Graudins (editor) and Toni Howell (chair) call for safe displaying of common pain-relieving medicines. 

[Published 25 March 2024]

Research reflection

Navigating new horizons: reflecting on my journey through through student supervision and charting a course for error remediation

Irina Rigoli                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

This reflection provides an account of Irina’s first experience as a lead supervisor of a team including five student researchers. The mixed-method project aimed to explore mental health education among Australian hospital pharmacists, identify areas of improvement and included development and data analysis managed by the five talented student researchers. Irina’s reflection documents some of the key challenges she encountered as lead supervisor and includes a range of improvements for future projects.

[Published 19 February 2024]

Research reflection

Stepping into the digital era

Emma K. Whitney

An engaging reflection that explores the impact of the Digital Health Record on data collection.

[Published 30 January 2024]


Access to leadership and management training resources

Russell Hill, on behalf of the Specialty Practice Leadership and Management Leadership Committee

SHPA’s Leadership and Management Leadership Committee has been considering hospital pharmacist access to, and support for, continuing professional development (CPD), in particular, access to leadership and management training programs. Anecdotal feedback indicated differing levels of access and support from healthcare organisations for leadership and management training. The Leadership and Management Leadership Committee holds the position that adequate support should be available to ensure that pharmacy leaders, as well as aspiring pharmacy leaders, have the requisite skills to confidently lead and take the profession forward.

[Published 15 January 2024]


Research Article

Effectiveness of an electronic prescription tracking tool on improving patient care in a tertiary hospital chemotherapy day unit

Jennifer Nguyen, Lois Cheung, Chi Hao La, and Berenice Sheridan

This research measured the impact of the introduction of an electronic prescription tracking tool in a chemotherapy day unit.

[Published 8 November 2023]

Technicians and assistants research series

Pharmacy assistants and technicians wanting to get involved in research, this is for you!

Julia Tisdall

Looking to begin your research journey? Read the first instalment of the new Technicians and Assistants Research Series

[Published 31 October 2023]

research reflection

Developing pre-recorded pharmacist video-education for cancer patients

Tara M. Poke

Currently in development, this project aims to develop pre-recorded patient education resources for cancer treatment. 

[Published 19 October 2023]

research reflection

A first for me but probably not my last: a reflection on my research project

Muhammad Nashrudin Bin Jamaludin

Reflecting on the experience of implementing the Digitial Health Record on Parkinson's Disease medicine administration.

[Published 19 October 2023]

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Improving care transitions between hospital and residential aged care facilities: a pharmacist perspective

John C. Kao, Eugene Ong, Julie E. Stevens, and Samanta Lalic

This research article explores the development of an information tool and its impact on pharmacist workflows in residential aged care facilities and their servcing pharmacies.

[Published 16 October 2023]

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Hospital pharmacists' understandings of and attitudes towards beta-lactam allergies and de-labelling

Rhiannon Froude                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Authored by Rhiannon Froude, SHPA's 2022 Resident of the Year. 

[Published 9 October 2023]


2022 Medal of Merit

Duncan McKenzie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Awarded at MM2022!


2022 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

Deirdre Criddle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Awarded at MM2022!


2021 Medal of Merit 

Kerry Fitzsimons                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Awarded at MM2022!


2021 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award

Sally Marotti                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Awarded at MM2022!

Research Reflection

Piloting a research project through the COVID-19 pandemic

Abigail A. Pinto                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Celebrate the first published Research Reflection article by sharing Abigail A. Pinto's research experience during the emergence of COVID-19. 


This International Women's Day instead of having it all, it's time to share it all

Kate Woods

To celebrate International Women's Day (8 March 2023) Kate Woods (Gosford Hospital Central Coast Local Health District) explores the Gender Pay Gap and makes a compelling call for greater flexibility in the workplace and a sector wide gender-pay-gap audit. 

Medication safety

We're medicine experts, why don't we refer to them as that?

Wendy Ewing

To accompany the announcement of MedsScan and writing on behalf of the Medicine Safety Leadership Committee, Wendy Ewing explains why its time to move away from the term 'drug'.