Residency and residents


UPDATE: The 2019 Residency Symposium has been cancelled. Information on the final of SHPA’s Resident of the Year competition will be available here and provided to members via eNews and social media.

Foundation Residency Program

SHPA’s Foundation Residency Program is the first and only structured, formalised, supported and accredited national pharmacy residency program in Australia.

This two-year professional development program provides practice-based experiential training targeted at early career pharmacists, or pharmacists entering hospital pharmacy practice via other pharmacy environments.

Residents - take the lead

Pharmacists who integrate earlier into real-world hospital environments gain the skills and adaptability to strengthen and diversify their career paths.

SHPA residency supports pharmacist practitioner development towards competence and performance aligned with Stage 1 (Transition Level) of the Australian Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework and provides an important springboard to other professional development pathways, such as advanced practice recognition. 

Sites - leading hospitals for leading minds

Accreditation to the Australia-first program ensures sites have the commitment, capacity and capability to offer a broad range of practice-based experiences to hospital pharmacy residents.  SHPA residency gives sites access to the support and leadership they need to design and build curriculum relevant to theirs and their residents needs. 

Apply to be a Foundation Residency site


The importance of foundation training infrastructures is emphasised in Goal 2 of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP) ‘ Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals ’.

Accredited programs
Resources and tools
Want to know more? 

Accredited programs

A list of programs is available here. Programs holding provisional accreditation are currently undergoing SHPA site visits.  

Resources and tools 

A suite of resources, learning tools and information is available for sites, leads, preceptors and residents through SHPA's Residency Program Hub
There are two compulsory education components for residents participating in the program. In their first year, residents must attend an SHPA Extension Seminar in Clinical Medication Management and either an SHPA Extension Seminar or Masterclass of their choice in their second year. Book a place at one of our seminars or find out more at SHPA Events


About to complete your Foundation Residency? Find out what you need to submit on SHPA's Residency Program Hub.

To obtain access to the Residency Hub, residents should register here and program staff should contact

Want to know more?

Find out more with our handy frequently asked questions or contact SHPA Residency