Statement on Accredited Pharmacists
As one of two national accrediting bodies, SHPA reaffirms its commitment to recognising and supporting the unique expertise of Accredited Pharmacists, and the crucial role they play upholding quality use of medicines and medication safety for patients who are at risk of medication-related harm and hospitalisation.
SHPA remains proudly independent and patient-centred, guided by clinical evidence and the experiences of our members, who provide care directly to Australia’s most vulnerable and acutely unwell.
Our Specialty Practice program includes the streams of Geriatric Medicine and Transitions of Care and Primary Care (TCPC), as part of a unique framework wrapping pharmacists and technicians in networks of CPD, expertise and support, while enabling specialist hospital pharmacy expertise to shape the profession, policy and practice. All seven of our TCPC Leadership Committee members are Accredited Pharmacists.
SHPA recognises the majority of medication reviews undertaken by Accredited Pharmacists are for older Australians. For numerous years SHPA has advocated for embedding expert aged care pharmacists into aged care, detailed as part of our ‘Standard of practice in geriatric medicine for pharmacy services’, developed with input from the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM) and published in 2020.
SHPA will continue to advocate for the need for pharmacists with specific geriatric medicine expertise to work as part of interdisciplinary teams to improve the safety and quality of care for older Australians in hospitals, residential aged care facilities and in the community.
In this spirit, we extend an invitation to all accredited pharmacists to join SHPA, through which we will recognise your existing accreditation and confer the postnominal ‘AcSHP’.
For Accredited Pharmacist Members, SHPA will facilitate a pathway to re-accreditation that is cognisant of the skills and experience required to provide optimal pharmacy care for patients most at risk of medication-related harm and requiring a medication review.
As always, SHPA’s priority is to ensure quality care for patients, in recognition of Accredited Pharmacists’ expertise, and we invite any concerned Accredited Pharmacists to discuss membership options or the future of credentialling with us, via email@example.com
We look forward to providing further updates in due course.