Foundation Residency

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

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


What does the Program offer Residents?

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

Compulsory education components

There are two compulsory education components Residents must complete while participating in the program:

  • residents must attend an SHPA Extension Seminar in Clinical Medication Management (during the first year)
  • an SHPA Extension Seminar or a Masterclass of their choice (during the second year).

Book a place at one of our seminars or find out more at SHPA Events.


How do I become a Foundation Resident?

Your first step is to obtain a position in an accredited workplace. SHPA does not allocate or appoint Residents. Some sites advertise Residency positions specifically, others appoint Residents from a pool of existing staff members.

If you are a Foundation Resident, click here to register with SHPA. Registration provides you access to a suite of resources and tools through SHPA’s Residency Program Hub (see 'Resources and tools')