Revisiting a busy year in pharmacy can help continue the momentum for change and development, says Kristin Michaels

This week Australia’s largest scientific pharmacy conference provides a timely moment to look back on a landmark year for SHPA and across Australian pharmacy.

Medicines Management 2017 will see over 1,000 delegates reflect on the latest research into practitioner development, as SHPA fosters conversations on how the pharmacist of the future will forge the partnerships and sharpen the skills necessary to provide optimal patient care.

Pharmacy has never been far from the headlines, and a diversity of views has arisen on the Federal Budget, the upscheduling of codeine, the King Review interim report and a range of developing protocols and standards that will shape how pharmacists provide consultation and care to Australian patients.

More recently, the Productivity Commission’s five-year report was a unifying moment, as SHPA stood beside the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to remind key stakeholders and the community of the pivotal and multidimensional roles played by pharmacists in a variety of healthcare settings.

Building on the momentum of a roundtable Think Tank in February, SHPA and our pharmacy partners continue to work together to progress Advancing Practice in Australia, examining barriers and enablers to a centralised Advancing Practice credential.

This momentum will continue into 2018 as we embed the integral value of our profession, supporting pharmacists at all career stages to consolidate their practice and lead the field.

Kristin Michaels is CEO of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia