Specialty support for hospital pharmacists


SHPA will be launching a new framework for its members on 1 June, covering 26 specialty practice streams from cardiology and compounding to rural practice and women’s health

The new model will enable members of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) in an area of practice with support from SHPA, and be encouraged and inspired by peers with shared interests, explains CEO Kristin Michaels.

It will comprise 26 streams, each offering three levels of member engagement and participation: area of interest, practice, and leadership.

This new model will provide members with greater access to the expertise of fellow members working in a field, opportunities to support peers as they develop their specialty expertise and enables members to be engaged in multiple specialities, says Ms Michaels.

“Pharmacists who do not specialise will also benefit from the new approach, which will enable members who work across many areas to be able to identify and tap into the expertise across SHPA,” she tells AJP.

There is no cost associated with joining a Specialty Practice Stream – members may join as many internet groups as they wish, and multiple practice groups when they renew their SHPA membership in June.

Ms Michaels says she anticipates strong interest in all Specialty Practice Streams following launch on Thursday 1 June.

“But due to larger incidence and disease burden, and complexity of pharmacy practice, we expect very strong interest in the cardiology, critical care, infectious diseases, oncology and haematology groups, as well as general medicine,” she says.

The full list of the 26 Specialty Practice Streams is as follows:

  1. Cardiology
  2. Clinical trials
  3. Compounding services
  4. Critical care
  5. Dispensing and distribution
  6. Education and educational visiting
  7. Electronic medication management
  8. Emergency medicine
  9. General medicine
  10. Geriatric medicine
  11. Infectious diseases
  12. Leadership and management
  13. Medication safety
  14. Medicines information
  15. Mental health
  16. Nephrology
  17. Neurology
  18. Oncology and haematology
  19. Paediatrics and neonatology
  20. Pain management
  21. Palliative care
  22. Primary care and transitions of care
  23. Respiratory
  24. Rural and remote practice
  25. Surgery and perioperative medicine
  26. Women’s and newborn health

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