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SHPA announces opening of registrations for the SHPA-NAPSA Student Symposium 2018, and welcomes extension of the Victorian Hospital Pharmacy Intern Program

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) have opened registrations for the SHPA-NAPSA Student Symposium 2018, to take place in Melbourne on Friday 13 July.

NAPSA President Sandra Minas says the inaugural one-day event – free to SHPA student members – features a dynamic program to give students and interns considering a career in hospital pharmacy an edge.

“The SHPA-NAPSA Student Symposium will cover all aspects of joining and thriving in the hospital pharmacy sector, from internships and Residency to governance and leadership; from building a pharmacy research career to developing and maintaining a practice portfolio for Advancing Practice credentialing,” said Ms Minas.

“With a strong line-up of local and international presenters, this is a rare chance for the next generation of leading pharmacists to consider every facet of entering hospital pharmacy in one setting.”

Meanwhile SHPA has also welcomed the Victorian Department of Health’s decision to extend the successful Victorian Hospital Pharmacy Intern Program, including an expansion from 80 to 100 placements in 2021.

This move will provide more opportunities for the “best and brightest” young pharmacists to make their mark in the hospital setting across the state, says the SHPA.

The three-year extension of the partnership with the SHPA and commitment to increase funding for additional positions was included in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget, passed down on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the decision sends a strong message to the state’s budding pharmacists.

“Recent research tells us that, across Australia, almost half of all pharmacy students would like to progress to the challenging and complex hospital setting, despite hospitals being home to one-fifth of the country’s overall pharmacy workforce,” says Ms Michaels.

“With demand strong, and the government’s Allied Health Report recommending renewed commitment to experiential learning via rigorous intern matching programs, SHPA is pleased to continue facilitating these opportunities through our Victorian Branch.”

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