The SHPA has appointed its Steering Committees for three key workforce projects to be conducted throughout 2016.
“The appointment of Steering Committee members to all three projects marks an important milestone for the future capability, capacity, and flexibility of the pharmacy workforce,” she says.
“A highlight of the committee appointment process was the enthusiasm for the Residency Project from early career pharmacist members.
“It is clear that the introduction of a structured, formalised, supported and accredited national two-year SHPA Residency Program has great appeal to pharmacists in their foundation years,” Michaels says.
“We must offer real value propositions to members to remain a viable, effective organisation and the strong response to this initiative demonstrates SHPA is responding to member needs.”
Michaels says SHPA members were asked to submit an expression of interest for early career pharmacists to be members of the Residency Project Steering Committee and the National Translational Research Collaborative Project Steering Committee.
“We also adopted an EoI process for a pharmacist who has experience in training, education, preceptorship and/or professional development to join the Residency Project committee,” Michaels says.
“Ms Catherine Brown, formerly from Cairns Hospital, and now at The Alfred in Melbourne, was selected from 17 formal ECP applicants for the Residency Project committee.
“Mr Brock Delfante (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth) was selected as the NTRC Project committee early career pharmacist and Mr Cameron Phillips, Specialist Pharmacist—Clinical Educator from Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide was appointed as the educator pharmacist to the Residency Project committee,” she says.
Peter Fowler, Chair and Supporting Councillor of the Residency Project Steering Committee says: “The SHPA program will be recognised nationally, within and outside the pharmacy profession, and will establish a consistent set of competencies for residents to attain.
“If the high standard of applicants for committee representation reflects the quality of residents we will soon be training, then pharmacy indeed has a bright future,” he says.
High profile researchers appointed to the NTRC Project Steering Committee include Professor Andrew McLachlan from Sydney, Greg Roberts from Adelaide, Michael Barras from Brisbane and Professor Jeff Hughes from Perth.