Specialty Practice


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Enhance your knowledge and advance your career at every stage

Specialty Practice is a valued SHPA member benefit, wrapping pharmacists and technicians in networks of expertise and support, while enabling specialist hospital pharmacy expertise to shape the profession and national health policy.  

Specialty Practice provides three levels of engagement across 30+ specialties. 

Joining Specialty Practice is your gateway to a nationwide network of professionals and peer learning opportunities, and a wide range of resources including CPD, research, advocacy and policy, as well as discussion forums.

Benefits of Specialty Practice for members

  • Improve patient care and clinical decisions 
  • Develop pharmacy services, protocols and procedures 
  • Educate and train staff, and inform SHPA's national education program  
  • Identify drug use trends 
  • Apply new research to practice 
  • Lead and influence your field by assisting with the development of Standards of Practice, education offerings and through advocacy 
  • Fulfil your CPD requirements and accruing Group 1, 2 and 3 CPD credits 
  • Consult and share information with members, key stakeholders and government 
  • And much more! 

Find out more about Specialty Practice in our Five Years of Specialty Practice report (August 2022). This covers all of the bases of what makes Specialty Practice such a useful benefit for our members, as well as the leaders and achievements of Specialty Practice in the first five years since its 2017 revamp.

Interest Groups 

Start your Specialty Practice journey by sharing your expertise, developing your knowledge, and supporting the growth of fellow members.

Key benefits and information

  • Open to all members: students, interns, technicians, pharmacists 
  • Join all Interest Groups relevant to your practice
  • Targeted information about events and education opportunities
  • Connect with leaders and peers around the country via discussion forums
  • Share resources and tips
  • Reduce professional isolation
  • Eligibility to vote for Leadership Committees

Start your journey and self-enrol in Interest Groups:

Enrol in Interest Groups

To self-enrol, please make sure to access the Online CPD platform via your SHPA Dashboard (shpa.org.au/dashboard) page.

For assistance, please contact specialtypractice@shpa.org.au.

Practice Groups

Practice Groups recognise SHPA member expertise, comprising members who are accomplished and invested in the specialty who want to work with SHPA and Leadership Committees on projects and to promote and develop pharmacy practice in the specialty – and maybe join the Leadership Committee.

Develop and share your expertise and show your commitment to leading specialty pharmacy practice by applying to join.  Practice Group applications are accepted year-round.

Please note, to be eligible to join a Practice Group you must hold and maintain Full PharmacistTechnician or Former/Retired SHPA member (Student and Provisional Pharmacist members are NOT eligible to join Practice Groups). 

Apply to join a Practice Group

Key benefits and information

  • Join SHPA's pool of member expertise
  • Contribute to publications, CPD, policy and submissions, and more 
  • Collaborate with fellow members on SHPA projects 
  • Network to support expertise development and guide early-career pharmacists 
  • Dedicated portal for the Leadership Committee to liaise with the Practice Group 
  • Eligibility to nominate for election to Leadership Committees

Leadership Committees

A dynamic group of elected members with deeper involvement and expertise in their specialty who drive activities for the benefit of all members. Leadership Committee elections will next be held late 2023.

Key benefits and information

  • Inform policy and education initiatives 
  • Advocate for change at a senior level 
  • Influence pharmacy practice through key SHPA publications, incl. Standards of Practice and position statements 
  • Contribute directly to the national discourse through key SHPA promotional activities including media releases and public statements 
  • Contribute to publications and other key resources 
  • Receive recognition as a leader in your specialty, including use of the Leadership Committee badge and email signature device 
  • Network with other experts, influencers and key stakeholders 
  • Resources including online discussion forums 
  • Support from Practice Groups and SHPA Secretariat 
  • Only Practice Group members can nominate to be elected to Leadership Committees 

Leadership Committee members

Siang Cheah NT
Chastina Heck NT
Nicola Maddern TAS
Karl McDermott QLD
Danny Tsai NT
Susan Welch NSW
Aleena Williams NT - Chair

Romana Cecchele NSW - Chair
June Challen SA
Eugenia Hong VIC
Liam King QLD
Claire Vosk VIC
Lei Ching Yeoh VIC

Marcelle Appay NSW 
Judy Duong VIC 
Beryl Lai VIC 
Adam Livori VIC - Chair 
David Lui WA 
Cassie Potts SA 
Kate Ziser QLD

Shalini Kassam WA
Rebecca O'Grady NSW
Grant Partridge QLD
Priti Prasad VIC
Branko Radojkovic NSW - Co-chair
Kerry Watts NSW - Co-chair

Melissa Ankravs VIC
Lucy Arno VIC
Michele Cree QLD
Rachel Fyfe VIC - Chair
Grainne Hughes ACT
Simon Potts SA
Jason Roberts QLD

Andrew Campbell WA
Tom Chynoweth VIC
Ashley Crawford SA
David Harris VIC
Janice Kho WA
Patrick Lam VIC - Chair
Anna Wood QLD

Hilai Ahmadzai WA
Diana  Bortoletto VIC
Annabel Calder SA
Michelle Hansen QLD
Caitlin Hardman QLD
Lisa Pulver QLD - Chair
Diana Sandulache VIC

Michael Bakker  SA - Chair
Jillian Campbell  NSW
Sarah Dinh  VIC
James Grant  QLD
Monica Rayson  ACT
Erica Tong  VIC
Rachael Worthington  NSW 

Leonie Frick VIC
Andrew Harding VIC
Cristina Roman VIC - Chair
Sally Taylor QLD
Alicia Thomas SA
Amy B Thomson NSW
Jill Upton QLD

Jennifer Collins - SA/NT
Gail Edwards VIC
Paul Firman QLD - Chair
Marianne Jovanovic VIC
James Polmear VIC 
Erica Tong VIC
Meng  Yap VIC

Richard Bolitho QLD
Alex Ho Yin Chan NSW
Samantha  Fraser NSW
Gauri Godbole NSW - Chair
David Nguyen VIC
Lisa Pont NSW
John Woodward QLD

Minyon Avent  QLD - Chair
Misha  Devchand  VIC
Fiona Doukas  NSW
Sonia Koning  VIC
Matt Rawlins  WA
Jason Roberts  QLD
Kristin Xenos  NSW

Ed Anderson TAS
Helen Dowling NSW
Russell Hill WA - Chair
Karen Macolino SA
Bhavini Patel NT
Brenda Shum WA
Jessica Toleman QLD

Wendy Ewing VIC
Kerry Fitzsimons WA
Chris Giles QLD
Linda Graudins VIC
Toni Howell VIC - Chair
Nam-Anh Nguyen WA
Lisa Robertson TAS

Elizabeth Anderson NSW
Glen Bayer TAS - Chair
Sally Brooks VIC
Claire Keith VIC
Jeanie Misko WA
Helen Trenerry QLD

Stewart Bailey QLD
Viandro Borja VIC - Chair
Katie Ho VIC
Judy Longworth NSW
Helen Lowy VIC
Alistair Meldrum QLD
Amy Sieff NSW

Teana Brewster-O'Brien NT
Stephanie Giles NT
Rebecca Livori VIC
Jess Lloyd QLD
Michelle Nalder VIC
Carla Scuderi QLD - Co-chair
Hanh Tran SA - Co-chair

Maggie Chau  VIC
John Coutsouvelis  VIC
Chi Hao La  VIC
Gail Rowan  VIC
Hayley Vasileff  SA - Co-chair
Shaun O'Connor  VIC - Co-chair
Amanda Tey  VIC

Alka Garg  SA
Michelle Jenkins  NSW
Anish  Philip  VIC
Sonya Stacey  QLD - Chair
Natalie  Tasker  NSW
Heidi Wong  QLD
Rachael Worthington  NSW

Thuy Bui VIC
Kenny Lee NSW
Arthur Lim VIC
Shania Liu NSW - Chair
Christine Onishko SA
Jonathan Penm NSW
Chi Tran NSW

Pascale Dettwiller SA
Gauri Godbole NSW
Jane Lewis QLD
Vicki Poulier QLD
Josephine To SA - Chair
Penelope Tuffin WA
Robert Wojnar VIC

Jaclyn Bishop VIC
Nazanin Falconer QLD
Jacinta Johnson SA
Libby McCourt QLD - Co-chair
Sid Patanwala NSW
Jonathan Penm NSW - Co-chair
Simone Taylor VIC

Kelly Beswick TAS
Pascale Dettwiller SA
Cristen Fleming NSW
Caitlin Hardman QLD
Nicole O'Shea VIC
Selina Taylor QLD
Susan Trevillian VIC - Chair 

Thuy Bui VIC
Tori Burfield QLD
Brennan Fitzpatrick VIC
Galahad Gu VIC
Caitlin Mulqueen VIC
Janelle Penno VIC - Chair
Abby Yu QLD

Brett Anderson VIC
Tara Clayson-Fisher TAS
Tricia Holmes SA
Debbie Parker VIC
Kylie Richardson TAS
Trudy Teasdale QLD
Bryan Walker ACT - Chair    

Deirdre Criddle WA
Bianca Heron NT
Margaret  Jordan NSW
Elizabeth  Manias VIC
Brigid  McInerney VIC
Katie Phillips VIC - Chair
Ahmed  Zeidan NSW

Megan Clark VIC
James Dwyer VIC - Chair
Luke Grzeskowiak SA
Tamara Lebedevs WA
Kate Luttrell TAS
Treasure McGuire QLD
Kate O'Hara ACT

Specialty Practice Streams

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Aid and Volunteering *Interest Group Only*
Clinical Trials
Compounding Services
Critical Care
Dispensing and Distribution
Education and Educational Visiting
Electronic Medication Management
Emergency Medicine
General Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Leadership and Management
Medical Specialties *Interest Group Only*
Medication Safety

Medicines Information
Mental Health
Neurology *Interest Group Only*
Oncology and Haematology
Paediatrics and Neonatology
Pain Management
Palliative Care
Respiratory *Interest Group Only*
Rural and Remote
Surgery and Perioperative Medicine
Technicians and Assistants
Transitions of Care and Primary Care
Voluntary Assisted Dying *Interest Group Only*
Women's and Newborn Health

Useful resources

Please direct enquiries about Specialty Practice to specialtypractice@shpa.org.au.

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