Standards of Practice

SHPA's Standard of Practice series is widely utilised and well-referenced by pharmacists and health professionals seeking guidance on the delivery of clinical, operational and specialty hospital pharmacy services. The series draws on the collective expertise of members across all areas of practice and is written by the respective Specialty Practice Leadership Committees

SHPA is undertaking a comprehensive review and expansion of the series with enhancements relevant to current practice. Members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on draft Standards during advertised consultation periods. Both the new and revised Standards will be published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research and on our website, available as a member benefit. For more information about Standards email Michelle Bunte, Project Pharmacist.  


Standards of Practice

All Standards reference and rely upon the SHPA Standards of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services as the foremost Standard. For operational and specialty standards see the description next to the Specialty Practice group for an update on their respective Standard. 


Clinical Pharmacy Services: New My Health Record chapter → Consultation on the new 'My Health Record' chapter is now open. As part of an ongoing project with the Australian Digital Health Agency, SHPA has produced an update to the Standards of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services. Focusing on the use of My Health Record in pharmacy practice and workflows, this chapter aims to educate pharmacists about effectively integrating the use of My Health Record into clinical care and discharge documentation.
Consultation closes at 5.00pm AEST Tuesday 25 August 2020. View draft and provide feedback →


Pain Management → New Standard of Practice (2019). JPPR 2019; 49(3): 270–284. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1550 


Emergency Medicine → New Standard of Practice (2019). JPPR 2019; 49(6): 570–584. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1627


Geriatric Medicine → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50(1), 82–97. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1636.


Nephrology → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50(3), 263–275. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1649


General Medicine → Consultation on the draft of the new Standard of Practice in General Medicine for Pharmacy Services (2020) is now closed. 


Oncology and Haematology → Consultation on the draft of the revised Standard of Practice in Oncology and Haematology for Pharmacy Services (2020) is now closed. Replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Services (2002) and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Oral Chemotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer (2007) — available to SHPA members on request.


Clinical Trials → Consultation on the draft of the revised Standard of Practice in Clinical Trials for Pharmacy Services (2020) is now closed. Replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Investigational Drugs Services (2006) — available to SHPA members on request.


Critical Care → Consultation on the second draft of the revised SHPA Standards of Practice for Intensive Care Pharmacy Practice (2020) is now closed. Replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Critical Care Pharmacy Practice (2008) — available to SHPA members on request.


Infectious Diseases → Consultation on the second draft of the new Standard of Practice in infectious diseases for pharmacy services is now open. SHPA's Infectious Diseases Leadership Committee and volunteers from the Practice Group have led the development of this new Standard, drawing on the collective expertise of members and published contemporary practice.
Consultation closes at 5.00pm AEST Tuesday 18 August 2020. View the draft standard and provide feedback →


Dispensing and Distribution → Consultation on the first draft of the new Standard of Practice in dispensing and distribution for pharmacy services is currently open. The new Standard will merge and supersede the previous SHPA Standards of Practice Hospital Pharmacy Outpatient Services and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Distribution of Medicines in Australian Hospitals. 
Consultation closes at 5.00pm AEST Tuesday 11 August. View the draft standard and provide feedback →


Compounding Services → Current Standard under revision (replacing SHPA Guidelines for Medicines Prepared in Australian Hospital Pharmacy Departments [2010] — available to SHPA members on request).


Cardiology  → New standard in development.


Surgery and Perioperative Medicine → New standard in development.


Paediatrics and Neonatology → New Standard planned


Women's and Newborn Health → New Standard planned.


Transitions of Care and Primary Care → New Standard planned.


Palliative Care → Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Palliative Care Pharmacy Services [2006] — available to SHPA members on request).


Mental Health → Review of current Standard planned (replacing Standards of Practice for Mental Health Pharmacy [2012] — available to SHPA members on request).


Medication Safety → Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medication Safety [2012] — available to SHPA members on request).


Medicines Information → Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medicines Information Services [2013] — available to SHPA members on request).


Technicians The Standard of Practice for the Utilisation of Pharmacy Technicians has been approved.

For other resources and supporting documentation visit SHPA Online CPD.


Guidelines

SHPA's guidelines provide practical advice for pharmacy services that may be covered by multiple specialties. Similar to the Standards of Practice series, we are undertaking a review of past Guidelines and updating them to relect current practices. A similar consultation process will apply. For more information about Guidelines email Michelle Bunt, Project Pharmacist – Specialty Practice. See the description next to the Specialty Practice groups for an update on any respective Guidelines. 


Medication Safety → Medicines Use Evaluation Guideline – Revised Guideline, JPPR 2020; 50(2) 166–179. The new Guideline refreshes and merges two documents: the previous Drug Usage Evaluation Standard (2004) and the SHPA publication Australian Drug Use Evaluation Starter Kit (1998).


Oncology and Haematology, and Compounding Services → Handling and Transport of Cytotoxics Guideline planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Transportation of Cytotoxic Drugs from Pharmacy Departments [2007] and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs in Pharmacy Departments [2005] — available to SHPA members on request).

Geriatric Medicine → Self-Administration of Medications in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities Guideline planned (replacing SHPA Guidelines for Self-Administration of Medication in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities [2002] — available to SHPA members on request).


Quick Guides

  • SHPA Clinical Pharmacy Quick Guide e-book including:
    - Assessment of current medication management
    - Clinical review, therapeutic druc monitoring (TDM) and adverse drug reactions (ADR)
    - Documenting clinical activities
    - Facilitating the continuity of medication management on transition between care settings
    - Medication Reconciliation
    - Prioritising day-to-day workload

Non-member access

Non-members can access SHPA Standards of Practice via the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.