Specialty Practice

Launched in 2017, SHPA's new model for Specialty Practice includes 26 Specialty Practice streams, each containing an Interest Group, Practice Group and Leadership Committee.

Streams support the growth of individual members as they enhance their specialty expertise and develop SHPA activities including Standards of Practice, education and advocacy. Specialty Practice Stream members have access to a wide range of resources including CPD, research, advocacy and policy as well as a discussion forum through the Specialty Practice portal.

Interest Groups
Practice Groups
Leadership Committees
Specialty Practice Streams
Useful Resources

Interest Groups 

An entry level into Specialty Practice Streams for all members, including students, interns and technicians, working in or interested in a specialty or a related area.

Why join:

  • Ability to join multiple streams
  • Targeted information about events and education opportunities
  • Networking to support the development of your expertise
  • Resources including online discussion forums
  • Eligbility to join Practice Groups and vote for Leadership Committees

How to join:

Complete the webform to join a community of engaged members to share your expertise, develop your specialty knowledge, and support the growth of fellow members. 

Practice Groups

A community for SHPA members with existing or developing expertise in a specialty who want to grow and share their expertise and lead specialty pharmacy practice.

Why join:

  • Contribute to publications, CPD policy and submissions, Expert Practice Framework and more
  • Direct and oversee Standards of Practice
  • Networking to support the development of your expertise and guide early-career pharmacists
  • Resources including online discussion forums
  • Eligibility to nominate for election to Leadership Committees
  • Ability to join up to 5 streams

Practice Group members commit to stream activities and regular engagement through the discussion forum therefore we recommend joining no more than FIVE practice groups.

How to join:

Nominate for Practice Groups by completing a webform and uploading information about your specialty experience.  

Leadership Committee

A dynamic group of members with a deeper involvement and expertise in their specialty who drive activities for the benefit of all members.  

Why join:

  • Direct policy and education initiatives
  • Advocate for change at a senior level
  • Contribute to publications and other key resources
  • Receive recognition as a leader in your specialty
  • Network with other experts, influencers and key stakeholders
  • Resources including online discussion forums
  • Support from Practice Groups and SHPA Secretariat

Only Practice Group members can nominate to be elected to Leadership Committees.

How to join:

Inaugural Leadership Committees were elected in October 2017 and the Leadership Committees are listed below by stream.  

Leadership Committee members

Garth Birdsey (Chair)
Cia Connell
Rochelle Gellatly
Joanne Gross
Adam Hort
Joanna Pizzi
Catherine Zhang

Clinical Trials

June Challen
Michael Ching
Eugenia Hong
Jasminka Nikolajevic-Sarunac
Brenda Shum
Peter Slobodian
Claire Vosk

Compounding Services

Melvyn Davis
Shalini Kassam
Priti Prasad
Branko Radojkovic
Ellisha Vas
Mazdak Zamani 

Critical Care

Karlee Johnston (Chair)
Melissa Ankravs
Belinda Badman
Lynn Choo
Marisol Cincunegui
Michele Cree
Jason Roberts

Dispensing and Distribution

Jade Carter
Ashley Crawford
Christopher Giles
Patrick Lam
Chien Lin Kho
Anna Wood

Education and Educational Visiting

Ian Coombes
Daniel Guidone
Jacinta Johnson
Cathy Martin
Sally Marotti
Karen Macolino
Lisa Pulver

Electronic Medication Management

James Grant (Chair)
Leonie Abbott
Rosemary Burke
Maryanne Molenaar
Daniel O'Brien
Erica Tong
Joanne Wilson

Emergency Medicine

Susan Welch (Chair)
Elizabeth Currey
Elizabeth Doran
Andrew Harding
Cristina Roman
Simone Taylor
Alicia Thomas

General Medicine

Erica Tong (Chair)
Jennifer Collins
Paul Firman
Marianne Jovanovic
Alex Madden
Suzanne Olding
James Polmear

Geriatric Medicine

Rohan Elliott (Chair)
Ho Yin Chan
Gauri Godbole
Ivanka Hendrix
Lisa Pont
Dana Sfetcopoulos
John Woodward

Infectious Diseases

Kelly Cairns (Chair)
Evette Buono
Vaughn Eaton
David Kong
Matt Rawlins
Jason Roberts
Sean Unwin

Leadership and Management

Bhavini Patel
Russell Hill
Karen Macolino
Helen Dowling
Geoffrey Grima
Sharon Goldsworthy
Lorah Hickman

Medication Safety

Wendy Ewing
Kerry Fitzsimons
Chris Giles
Linda Graudins
Toni Howell
Bonnie Tai
Penny Thornton

Medicines Information

Elizabeth Anderson
Jane Booth
Sally Brooks
Catherine Leggett
Jeanie Misko
Felicity Prior
Helen Trenerry

Mental Health

Timothy Chen
Alice Gilbert
Yvette Haselden
Rowena Jones
Anna Kulman
Judy Longworth
Julia McKay


Ronald Castelino
Matthew Cervelli
Danielle Ironside
Ceridwen Jones
Jess Lloyd
Michelle Nalder
Carla Scuderi

Oncology and Haematology

John Coutsouvelis (Chair)
Julie Adams
Shaun O'Connor
Michael Powell
Gail Rowan
Jim Siderov
Hayley Vasileff

Paediatrics and Neonatology

Leith Lilley
Michael Petrovski
Sonya Stacey
Natalie Tasker
Sean Turner
Heidi Wong
Rachael Worthington

Pain Management

Daniel Lim (Chair)
Anthony Hall
Benita Suckling
Penelope Tuffin
Kristin  Tynan
Namita Warrior

Palliative Care

Lorna Chess-Williams
Pascale Dettwiller
Margaret  Griffiths
Anthony Hall
Maria Poulier
Penelope Tuffin
Josephine To

Primary Care and Transitions of Care

Manya Angley
Deirdre Criddle
Joy Gailer
Carly Pauw
Timothy Perry
Horst Thiele
John Woodward

Rural and Remote

Nicole O'Shea
Bhavini Patel
Jennifer Pink
Michelle Rothwell
Selina Taylor
Susan Trevillian
Angela Young

Surgery and Perioperative Medicine

Thuy Bui
Tori Forrester
Galahad Gu
Courtney Hill
Janelle Penno
Julie Taylor
Jason Waddell

Women's and Newborn Health

Luke Grzeskowiak
Stephanie Hoy
Tamara Lebedevs
Kate Luttrell
Treasure McGuire
Kate O'Hara
Karen Whitfield


Specialty Practice streams

CardiologyClinical trials
Compounding servicesCritical care
Dispensing and distributionEducation and educational visiting
Electronic medication managementEmergency medicine
General medicineGeriatric medicine
Infectious diseasesLeadership and management
Medication safetyMedicines information
Mental healthNephrology
NeurologyOncology and haematology
Paediatrics and neonatologyPain management
Palliative carePrimary care and transitions of care
RespiratoryRural and remote practice
Surgery and perioperative medicineWomen’s and newborn health


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