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, and tailored web content through the member 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:

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:

  • Contribe 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:

Nominations for the inaugural Leadership Committees have closed. Leadership Committee elections will be held in October 2017 and the Chair elected at the first committee meetings in November 2017.


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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