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AJP Agenda Setters poll highlights innovation in pharmacy, SHPA says

The leading role of hospitals as hubs of healthcare innovation was evident this weekend as several hospital pharmacists and SHPA members rose to the top of a popular poll celebrating Australia’s ‘agenda setters’ in pharmacy practice, the SHPA says in a release.

Run by the AJP, ‘Pharmacy’s 12 Agenda Setters’ sought to celebrate the pharmacists across the country deemed to be driving the profession forward by their peers.

Two SHPA members, including the organisation’s president, Professor Michael Dooley (pictured), featured in the poll’s top three, seven members featured in the broader list of agenda setters and runners-up.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the release of the poll encourages reflection on the importance of bold ideas and new thought to improve pharmacy practice and the patient experience.

‘Innovation can take on many forms, from leadership to advocacy and academic advancement, and from site-specific progress to nationwide trials, and this is reflected in the different paths of the hospital pharmacists who were noted by their colleagues and AJP readers.

‘More importantly, the great mix of work environments and focus on different aspects of the profession across “Agenda Setters” shows the dynamism and diversity of broader Australian pharmacy, key to driving improvements in crucial stages of the patient journey, such as transitions of care.’

Leading the poll was Joyce McSwan, clinical consultant pharmacist and expert in pain education. Joyce is the Managing Director of PainWise and Clinical Director of the ‘Turning Pain into Gain’ program for the Gold Coast Primary Health Network.

Click here to see the full list of Pharmacy’s 12 Agenda Setters

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