Specialty Practice

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Specialty Practice is a valued SHPA member benefit and supports members to enhance their knowledge and advance their careers at every stage, while enabling specialist hospital pharmacist expertise to shape the profession and national health policy. 

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 31 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, and inform SHPA's national education program 
  • Identify drug use trends
  • Apply new research to practice
  • Consult and share information with members, key stakeholders and government
  • 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'.



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. If you have recently joined SHPA please allow one working day (Vic) to receive access details for a 'member eligible' account.

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. (Student and Provisional Pharmacist members are NOT eligible to join Practice Groups).


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


Members of each Leadership Committee for 2021 are listed below:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Aleena Williams - Chair
Chastina Heck 
Adam Hort 
Nicola Maddern 
Danny Tsai 
Susan Welch 


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

Clinical Trials

Peter Slobodian - Chair
Romana Cecchele
June Challen
Eugenia Hong
Paula Lee
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
Michele Cree
Rachel Fyfe
Grainne Hughes
Simon Potts
Jason Roberts
Lucy Sharrock

Dispensing and Distribution

Patrick Lam - Chair
Andrew Campbell 
Tom Chynoweth 
Ashley Crawford 
Janice Kho 
Anna Wood 

Education and Educational Visiting

Cathy Gardiner - Chair
Diana Bortoletto
Annabel Calder
Michelle Hansen
Courtney Oar
Lisa Pulver
Diana Sandulache

Electronic Medication Management

James Grant - Chair
Michael Bakker 
Jillian Campbell 
Jo Hunter 
Anmol Sandhu 
Aimee Solomon 
Erica Tong 

Emergency Medicine

Cristina Roman - Chair
Leonie Abbott
Andrew Harding
Christopher Hidayat
Sally Taylor
Alicia Thomas
Amy Thomson

General Medicine

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

Geriatric Medicine

Gauri Godbole - Chair
Richard Bolitho 
Alex Ho Yin Chan 
Samantha Fraser 
David Nguyen 
Lisa Pont 
John Woodward 

Infectious Diseases

Kelly Cairns - Chair
Minyon Avent
Fiona Doukas
Sonia Koning
Matthew Rawlins
Jason Roberts
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
Glen Bayer
Sally Brooks
Claire Keith
Jeanie Misko
Helen Trenerry

Mental Health

Helen Lowy - Chair
Stewart Bailey
Cecilia Bjorksten
Viandro  Borja
Yvette Haselden
Judy Longworth
Amy Sieff


Carla Scuderi - Chair
Matthew Cervelli 
Stephanie Giles 
Jess Lloyd 
Sanja Mirkov 
Michelle Nalder 
Hanh Tran 

Oncology and Haematology

John Coutsouvelis - Chair
Chi Hao La
Shaun O'Connor
Michael Powell
Gail Rowan
Amanda Tey
Hayley Vasileff

Paediatrics and Neonatology

Sonya Stacey - Chair
Alka Garg
Michelle Jenkins
Anish Philip
Natalie Tasker
Heidi Wong
Rachael Worthington

Pain Management

Shania Liu - Chair
Kenny Lee
Christine Onishko
Jonathan Penm
Chi Tran
Kristin Tynan

 Palliative Care

Josephine To - Chair
Pascale Dettwiller
Tony Hall
Jane Lewis
Vicki Poulier
Penelope Tuffin
Robert Wojnar 


Jonathan Penm - Chair
Jaclyn Bishop
Jacinta Johnson
Libby McCourt
Sanja Mirkov
Amy Page
Lisa Pont

Rural and Remote

Susan Trevillian - Chair
Kelly Beswick 
Meeghan Clay 
Nicole O'Shea
Selina Taylor  
Michelle Rothwell 
Angela Young

Surgery and Perioperative Medicine

Thuy Bui - Chair
Brennan Fitzpatrick 
Tori Forrester 
Galahad Gu 
Caitlin Mulqueen 
Janelle Penno 
Abby Yu 

Technicians and Assistants

Mark Clifford - Chair
Brett Anderson
Amanda  Bernhagen
Tara  Clayson-Fisher
Kylie Richardson
Trudy  Teasdale
Bryan Walker

Transitions of Care and Primary Care

Katie Phillips - Chair 
Deirdre Criddle 
Margaret Jordan 
Elizabeth Manias 
Brigid McInerney 
Horst Thiele 
Ahmed Zeidan 

Women's and Newborn Health

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



Specialty Practice Streams


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Aid and Volunteering *Interest Group Only*
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