Specialty Practice

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Specialty Practice supports members to enhance their expertise and advance their careers at every stage. 

Specialty Practice provides three levels of engagement for members; many fields of practice in this model have an Interest Group, Practice Group and Leadership Committee, each being a subset of the former, and is termed a Specialty Practice Stream.

With access to a nationwide network of professionals and peer learning opportunities across 30 Specialty Practice Interest Groups, and a wide range of resources including CPD, research, advocacy and policy, as well as discussion forums, Specialty Practice helps members:

  • Improve patient care and clinical decisions
  • Develop pharmacy services, protocols and procedures
  • Educate and train staff
  • Identify drug use trends
  • Apply new research to practice
  • And much more!

Lead and influence your field by assisting with the development of Standards of Practice, education offerings and through advocacy, while fulfilling your CPD requirements and accruing Group 1, 2 and 3 CPD points.


Find out more about Specialty Practice in our 2018 evaluation report: 'A new approach to Specialty Practice'.


Leadership Committee elections 2020 


2020 is an election year for the SHPA Specialty Practice program. The call for nominations for Leadership Committee positions will be open from 9 September until 28 October 2020. In specialties where there are more nominees than vacancies an election will be held late in November 2020. Leadership Committee terms are three (3) years.

Nomination checklist


Key dates:

  • 9 September: Call for nominations opens
  • 28 October: Call for nominations closes
  • 25 November – 2 December: election voting

Interest Groups 

Start your Specialty Practice journey by sharing your expertise, developing your knowledge, and supporting the growth of fellow members.



Key benefits and information
  • Open to all members: students, interns, technicians, those working in or interested in a specialty
  • Ability to join multiple Interst Groups
  • Targeted information about events and education opportunities
  • Networking to support expertise development
  • Resources including online discussion forums
  • Eligbility to vote for Leadership Committees

Start your journey by enroling yourself in one or more Interest Groups

*Please enter the username and password for your Online CPD account to self enrol, or contact specialtypractice@shpa.org.au for assistance with your account details. 

Practice Groups

Practice Groups are networks of SHPA member expertise. Develop and share your expertise and show your commitment to leading specialty pharmacy practice by joining a Practice Group.


Please note, to be eligible to join a Practice Group your current SHPA membership must be at least 12 months.


Practice Group applications are accepted year round.


Key benefits and information
  • Contribute to publications, CPD, policy and submissions, and more
  • Collaborate with fellow members on SHPA projects
  • Network to support expertise development and guide early-career pharmacists
  • Dedicated portal for the Leadership Committee to liaise with the Practice Group
  • Ability to join up to 5 Practice Groups
  • Eligibility to nominate for election to Leadership Committees

Apply now and upload information about your specialty experience.  

Leadership Committees

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



Key benefits and information
  • Inform policy and education initiatives
  • Advocate for change at a senior level
  • Influence pharmacy practice through key SHPA publicatons, incl.  Standards of Practice and position statements
  • 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


Leadership Committees are listed below by stream. * denotes terms ending in 2020, members may re-nominate for a subsequent term.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Aleena Williams - Chair
Melissa Antonel
Alice Gilbert *
Chastina Heck *
Nicola Maddern
Susan Welch
Bing Yong *


Joanna Pizzi - Chair
Cia Connell *
Adam Hort *
Adam Livori
Adaire Prosser
Catherine Zhang *
Kate Ziser *

Clinical Trials

Peter Slobodian * - Chair
June Challen
Eugenia Hong *
Paula Lee
Jasminka Nikolajevic-Sarunac *
Brenda Shum *
Claire Vosk

Compounding Services

Branko Radojkovic * - Chair
Melvyn Davis *
Shalini Kassam *
Grant Partridge
Priti Prasad
Ellisha Vas
Kerry Watts *

Critical Care

Melissa Ankravs - Chair
Belinda Badman *
Lynn Choo *
Michele Cree
Rachel Fyfe
Jason Roberts *
Jessica Hui-Ching Xu * 

Dispensing and Distribution

Patrick Lam * - Chair
Melanie Anderson
Andrew Campbell
Ashley Crawford
Christopher Giles *
Janice Chien Lin Kho *
Anna Wood *

Education and Educational Visiting

Diana Sandulache - Chair
Sean Alcorn *
Michelle Hansen
Sally Marotti *
Cathy Martin *
Courtney Oar *
Lisa Pulver

Electronic Medication Management

James Grant * - Chair 
Rosemary Burke *
Leonie Frick *
Maryanne Molenaar * 
Anmol Sandhu 
Aimee Solomon 
Erica Tong 

Emergency Medicine

Cristina Roman - Chair
Leonie Frick 
Andrew Harding *
Christopher Hidayat
Simone Taylor *
Alicia Thomas *
Susan Welch *

General Medicine

Erica Tong * - Chair
Jennifer Collins
Alex Edwards
Paul Firman *
Marianne Jovanovic
James Polmear *

Geriatric Medicine

Gauri Godbole - Co-Chair
Ivanka Hendrix * - Co-Chair
Richard Bolitho
Rohan Elliott *
David Nguyen
Lisa Pont *
John Woodward *

Infectious Diseases

Kelly Cairns - Chair
Minyon Avent
David Kong *
Matt Rawlins *
Jason Roberts *
Misha Devchand *
Kristin Xenos

Leadership and Management

Russell Hill * - Chair
Margie Butnoris
Helen Dowling *
Karen Macolino *
Bhavini Patel *
Tom Simpson
Susan Trevillian

Medication Safety

Toni Howell * - Chair
Wendy Ewing *
Kerry Fitzsimons *
Chris Giles *
Linda Graudins
Nam-Anh Nguyen
Bonnie Tai

Medicines Information

Felicity Prior * - Chair
Elizabeth Anderson *
Sally Brooks
Claire Keith
Catherine Leggett *
Jeanie Misko *
Helen Trenerry

Mental Health

Helen Lowy - Chair
Cecilia Bjorksten
Timothy Chen *
Alice Gilbert *
Yvette Haselden *
Judy Longworth
Julia McKay *


Carla Scuderi - Chair
Matthew Cervelli *
Ceridwen Jones *
Jess Lloyd *
Sanja Mirkov
Michelle Nalder *
Hanh Tran

Oncology and Haematology

John Coutsouvelis * - Chair
Shaun O'Connor
Michael Powell *
Gail Rowan *
Jim Siderov *
Amanda Tey
Hayley Vasileff

Paediatrics and Neonatology

Sonya Stacey* - Chair
Alka Garg
Leith Lilley*
Michael Petrovski*
Sean Turner*
Heidi Wong
Rachael Worthington

Pain Management

Benita Suckling * - Chair
Anthony Hall *
Shania Liu *
Christine Onishko
Jonathan Penm
Penelope Tuffin
Kristin Tynan *

Palliative Care

Penelope Tuffin * - Chair
Lorna Chess-Williams *
Pascale Dettwiller *
Tony Hall
Maria Poulier *
Josephine To
Robert Wojnar


Jonathan Penm - Chair
Jeff Hughes *
Jacinta Johnson
Sanja Mirkov
Amy Page
Lisa Pont *

Rural and Remote

Michelle Rothwell * - Chair
Meeghan Clay
Nicole O'Shea
Bhavini Patel *
Jennifer Pink *
Susan Trevillian
Angela Young *

Surgery and Perioperative Medicine

Thuy Bui * - Chair
Brennan Fitzpatrick
Tori Forrester *
Galahad Gu *
Courtney Hill *
Caitlin Mulqueen
Janelle Penno

Technicians and Assistants

Tara Clayson-Fisher - Chair
Amanda Bernhagen
Mark Clifford *
Lorah Hickman *
Vanessa Hollingsworth *
Kylie Richardson
Trudy Teasdale
Bryan Walker*

Transitions of Care and Primary Care

Deirdre Criddle * - Chair
Manya Angley *
Joy Gailer *
Amy Page
Carly Pauw *
Katie Phillips
Horst Thiele 

Women's and Newborn Health

Luke Grzeskowiak * - Chair
James Dwyer
Tamara Lebedevs
Kate Luttrell
Treasure McGuire *
Kate O'Hara *



Specialty Practice Streams


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Clinical Trials
Compounding Services
Critical Care
Dispensing and Distribution
Education and Educational Visiting
Electronic Medication Management
Emergency Medicine
General Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Leadership and Management
Medical Specialties *Interest Group Only*
Medication Safety

Medicines Information
Mental Health
Neurology *Interest Group Only*
Oncology and Haematology
Paediatrics and Neonatology
Pain Management
Palliative Care
Respiratory *Interest Group Only*
Rural and Remote
Surgery and Perioperative Medicine
Technicians and Assistants
Transitions of Care and Primary Care
Women's and Newborn Health

Useful resources

Enquiries about Specialty Practice can be sent to specialtypractice@shpa.org.au