Directors of pharmacy and clinical educators from over 50 hospitals from around Australia were present in Sydney at SHPA’s launch of its Residency Program today.
“SHPA today planted the seeds of a residency program that will be instrumental in the professional development for pharmacists in Australia for the future,” says SHPA President Professor Michael Dooley.
“Residencies have been the cornerstone of early practice for pharmacists in many countries and is routine for our medical colleagues. It is time such programs are available in Australia.
“SHPA have committed to this workforce transformation that will ensure pharmacists will continue to provide the best possible care for patients, in a ever-changing health care environment,” says Prof Dooley.
Participants at the symposium heard from a range of speakers talk on other residency and experiential training programs from around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore.
“We are very grateful to Janet Silvester Vice President of Accreditation at ASHP for sharing ASHP’s experience in managing residency programs in the United States,” says Residency Program Steering Committee Chair, Peter Fowler.
“Whilst we have a lot to learn, SHPA knows it’s on the right track to make a genuine difference to the lives of pharmacists and their patients with our residency program.”
SHPA Steering Committee members presented both the Key Principles of the SHPA Residency Program and results from the SHPA baseline survey of experiential training in Australian hospital pharmacies.
SHPA also released its Accreditation Standards for pharmacy residency programs at the symposium.
Prof Dooley says: “the Accreditation Standards establish criteria for residency programs and program sites. We are very encouraged by the number of people who are planning to implement residencies in 2017 and looking forward to working with the profession on this.
“Next week SHPA will open applications for sites who may wish to be accredited in this first phase round of an SHPA Residency Program in 2017. We encourage all pharmacy departments to think about being involved, whether in 2017 or in the future.”
SHPA will continue to provide more information as the programs develops further.