Resident of the Year

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For the first time, the SHPA Resident of the Year final was held at Medicines Management 2019 (MM2019), the SHPA National Conference, 14–16 November on the Gold Coast.

Six finalists delivered five-minute presentations which highlighted their key learnings from the Australia-first program.

2019 Resident of the Year







Jacinta Castello

Renal Pharmacist, Austin Health, Melbourne, Vic

Jacinta Castello’s presentation ‘Opioid use following total knee and hip arthroplasty – not always a case of oversupply' focussed on her research which looked at opioid use following surgery, a key priority area for medication safety across Australia, and the subject of increasing clinical and community focus. In presenting her award, SHPA CE Kristin Michaels said, ‘Through her work, she has contributed to greater understanding of opioid prescribing at all-important transitions of care as patients move from the acute setting back into the community, and her dedication and passion have made her a truly deserving 2019 SHPA Resident of the Year.’

Jacinta said, ‘I applied for a residency position at the end of my internship, and at the time the key things that appealed to me was having an experienced pharmacist as a mentor for each rotation and looking into the ‘why’ behind therapeutic recommendations. Looking back now, the residency program at the Austin definitely delivered on both aspects.’

The finalists






Luke Harb

Clinical Pharmacist – Oncology and Medication Safety Pharmacist, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW

‘Now I have completed the Foundation Residency Program I feel I have the personal and professional confidence to practice as a pharmacist in a variety of roles. The compulsory aspect of building a professional portfolio allows me to showcase my development and gives me the confidence to aim for higher-grade roles in the future.’

Presentation: ‘Empowering development: A Residency reflection’







Sophie Mokrzecki

Acting Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Sub-acute Care Unit, Rehabilitation and Gerontology, The Townsville Hospital, Townsville, Qld

‘The program allowed me the opportunity to rotate through many different departments of our pharmacy which has given me the confidence to practice as a senior pharmacist in a location external to the main hospital, creating other logistical aspects to consider, as well as run clinics from this setting.’

Presentation: ‘Prescribing the perfect prescription; pharmacist-led education for final year medical students’







Jenny Nguy

Geriatric Pharmacist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth

‘Residency has helped me improve my knowledge, critical thinking, teaching, research, confidence and leadership skills. It has allowed me to work towards my goal of becoming a well-rounded pharmacist who has the skills to provide optimal patient care and able to provide support to all my colleagues.’

Presentation: ‘Dabigatran plasma concentrations and its effects in clinical practice’







Lisa Rathjen

Senior Pharmacist in Mental Health and General Rotational Pharmacist, Flinders Medical Centre, SA Pharmacy, Adelaide, SA

‘The SHPA Foundation Residency Program has given me experience in a variety of areas and provided me with opportunities to take on more senior activities, like committee involvement, protocol reviews, workforce recruitment and research projects and audits.’

Presentation: ‘Deprescribing antihypertensives in the elderly – room to move’







Louise Rix

Rotational Pharmacist, Calvary Public Hospital, Canberra

‘As an early career pharmacist, residency has given me many opportunities, which have fast-tracked my development and exposed me to far more areas of the hospital and pharmacy than I would otherwise have experienced this early in my career. I feel like I am further along in my development, and more confident in my abilities.’

Presentation: ‘Reflections of a Resident’