Specialty Practice

Communities is coming!

You asked, and we have delivered! In July your Specialty Practice experience moves to Communities, a new purpose-built platform for faster, easier communication between members, backed by our first app.


Access the Online CPD platform via your SHPA Dashboard (shpa.org.au/dashboard) page.

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.

Specialty Practice 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 join Specailty Practice Groups:

Join Specialty Practice Groups

To join, please make sure to access the Online CPD platform via your SHPA Dashboard.

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

Verified Members

Verified Members (previously known as Practice Group members) are recognised by SHPA for their expertise. Verified Members 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 become a Verified Member.  Applications are accepted year-round.

Please note, to be eligible to become a Verified Member you must hold and maintain Full PharmacistTechnician or Former/Retired SHPA membership (Student and Provisional Pharmacist members are NOT eligible to become Verified Members). 

Becoming verified requires you to complete a form outlining your expertise and include a copy of your CV. 

Apply to become a Verified Member

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 Verified Members 
  • 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.

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 Verified Members and SHPA Secretariat 
  • Only Verified Members can nominate to be elected to Leadership Committees 

Leadership Committee members

Aleena Williams NT - Chair
Cheyne Sullivan SA
Danny Tsai NT
Karl McDermott QLD
Lorah Hickman SA
Siang Cheah NT
Susan Welch NSW

Adam Livori VIC - Co-Chair
Beryl Lai VIC
Cassie Potts SA
Garth Birdsey VIC
Judy Duong VIC - Co-Chair
Kate Ziser QLD
Marcelle Appay NSW

Claire Vosk VIC
Genie Hong VIC
Jarrad Bothe WA
June Challen SA
Katrina Orr WA
Liam King QLD
Romana Cecchele NSW - Chair

Branko Radojkovic NSW - Co-Chair
Grant Partridge QLD
Kerry Watts NSW - Co-Chair
Priti Prasad VIC
Rachel Berry ACT
Rebecca O'Grady NSW
Tammy Nguyen NSW

Grainne Hughes ACT
Melissa Ankravs VIC
Melissa Faehrmann NSW
Michele Cree QLD
Namita Warrior VIC
Rachel Fyfe VIC - Chair
Simon Potts SA

Andrew Campbell WA
Anna Wood QLD
Ashlee Anderson TAS
Ashley Crawford SA
David Harris VIC
Janice Kho WA
Patrick Lam VIC - Chair

Caitlin Hardman QLD
Diana Bortoletto VIC
Diana Sandulache VIC
Hilai Ahmadzai WA
Katie Jodrell WA
Lisa Pulver QLD - Co-Chair
Michelle Hansen QLD - Co-Chair

Alicia Thomas SA
Andrew Harding VIC
Cristina Roman VIC - Chair
Gary Ward QLD
Jill Upton QLD
Leonie Frick VIC
Sally Taylor QLD

Jennifer Collins SA
Gail Edwards VIC
Paul Firman QLD - Chair
Christina Hanciu VIC
Marianne Jovanovic VIC
Sarah McPhee VIC
Meng Yap VIC

Angela Shiu VIC
Anna Jennings VIC
David Nguyen VIC
Gauri Godbole NSW - Chair
John Woodward QLD
Lisa Pont NSW
Richard Bolitho QLD

Fiona Doukas NSW
Kristin Xenos NSW
Maryam Sherkat Masoum WA
Minyon Avent QLD
Misha Devchand VIC - Chair
Sharmila Khumra VIC
Sonia Koning VIC

Bhavini Patel NT [LOA JUL2024-MAR2025]
Brenda Shum WA
Claire FitzGerald NSW - Chair
Diana Sandulache VIC [JUL2024-MAR2025]
Ed Anderson TAS
Helen Dowling NSW
Ivanka Koeper SA
Jessica Toleman QLD

Claire FitzGerald NSW
Kerry Fitzsimons WA
Linda Graudins VIC
Lisa Robertson TAS
Nam-Anh Nguyen WA
Toni Howell VIC - Chair
Wendy Ewing VIC

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

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

Carla Scuderi QLD - Chair
Hanh Tran SA
Jess Lloyd QLD
Laura Johnstone QLD
Rebecca Livori VIC
Stephanie Giles NT
Teana Brewster-O'Brien NT

Alborz Soroush NSW
Amanda Tey VIC
Hayley Vasileff SA - Co-Chair
John Coutsouvelis VIC
Kristoffer Johnstone QLD
Maggie Chau VIC
Shaun O'Connor VIC - Co-Chair

Alka Garg SA
Heidi Wong QLD
Michelle Jenkins NSW
Natalie Tasker QLD
Rachael Worthington NSW
Sean Turner SA
Sonya Stacey QLD - Chair

Arthur Lim VIC
Chi Tran NSW
Christine Onishko SA
Jeremy Szmerling VIC
Jonathan Penm NSW
Katelyn Jauregui NSW - Co-Chair
Thuy Bui VIC Co-Chair

Annette Bush QLD
Gauri Godbole NSW
Josephine To SA - Chair
Penelope Tuffin WA
Robert Wojnar VIC
Vicki Poulier QLD

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

Asad Patanwala NSW
Jacinta Johnson SA
Jaclyn Bishop VIC
Jonathan Penm NSW - Co-Chair
Libby McCourt QLD - Co-Chair

Naz Falconer QLD
Simone Taylor VIC

Caitlin Hardman QLD
Cristen Fleming NSW
Kelly Beswick TAS
Mitchell Rigby QLD
Pascale Dettwiller SA
Selina Taylor QLD
Susan Trevillian VIC - Chair

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

Brett Anderson VIC
Bryan Walker ACT
Melanie Anderson NSW
Tara Clayson-Fisher TAS - Chair
Tricia Holmes SA
Trudy Teasdale QLD

Ahmed Zeidan NSW
Brigid McInerney VIC
Cara Kolopelnyk SA
Elizabeth Manias VIC
Katie Phillips VIC - Chair
Margaret Jordan NSW
Tim Perry NSW

James Dwyer VIC - Chair
Josephine Wen VIC
Kate Luttrell TAS
Luke Grzeskowiak SA
Megan Clark VIC
Tamara Lebedevs WA
Treasure McGuire QLD

Specialty Practice Groups

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

Mental Health
Oncology and Haematology
Paediatrics and Neonatology
Pain Management
Palliative Care
Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (formerly eMM)
Rural and Remote
Surgery and Perioperative Medicine
Technicians and Assistants
Transitions of Care and Primary Care
Voluntary Assisted Dying*
Women's and Newborn Health

*no Verified Members or Leadership Committee

Useful resources

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