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 are required to attend the SHPA Extension Seminar (or Masterclass if deemed appropriate by the Residency Program Leader) in Clinical Medication Management in the first year, and
- an SHPA Extension Seminar or Masterclass relevant to their CPD plan in the second year.
Other seminars may replace the SHPA seminar in the second year of residency only if:
- the replacement seminars have as many hours of learning
- the seminars are workshop-based or focused on interactive learning.
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')