Agenda Setters: Shane Jackson

Dr Shane Jackson, PSA President

There was little surprise in seeing the current PSA national president voted by AJP readers as pharmacy’s fifth leading agenda setter

Since taking over the top role at PSA in mid-2017 Shane Jackson has sharpened the organisation’s focus.

“I’ve always seen myself as a pharmacy all-rounder,” Shane told the AJP.

“I’ve been a locum in my early days in community pharmacy, I currently own a couple of pharmacies in Tasmania, I’ve been involved with research and teaching (completed a PhD in 2004) as well as consultant pharmacy practice,” he said. “I’ve probably experienced a lot of the challenges that pharmacists at the coalface see on a day-to-day basis.”

Shane says his diverse background has allowed him to bring these varied experiences and perspectives together in an attempt to drive the future of pharmacy practice.

“I’ve always had a very forward looking view of the role of the pharmacist in healthcare. I don’t want the profession to be encumbered by the past, but I also want us to build on the opportunity we have to improve healthcare.

We can address the significant issues we have with medication management in Australia, we can respond to what patients want pharmacists to do, and we can deliver on what young pharmacists want to do now and in the future”.

“I want pharmacists to practice to their full scope. I want the profession to be recognised as medicines experts and I want pharmacists remunerated in a way that reflects their expertise and responsibility in healthcare”.

Shane says his contribution to driving the agenda for pharmacy lies in his aspiration, which he describes as an “aspiration firmly coupled with reality”.

“I truly believe that we can have an empowered workforce that achieves the ultimate objective of being custodians of medicines safety in Australia. By embedding pharmacists wherever medicines are used, by having an enabled and equipped workforce we can ensure that pharmacists are ultimately responsible and accountable for medication management.”

What you said:
“Youthful, passionate and innovative leader, advocates for pharmacists to practise to their full scope, committed to evidence-based practice and collaborative patient-centred care. Focused on roles, remuneration and recognition of pharmacists across practice settings. Focused on promoting pharmacists as medication management experts.”

“He is highly visible in the health arena; raising the profile of pharmacy in Australia. He is heavily involved in PSA’s future direction, with high expectations of pharmacy services.”

The Agenda Setters campaign asked AJP readers to vote for the pharmacists they feel are showing the way forward for the profession. We finished with a list of 13 winners as voted by you: see the full list here.

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