Spe­cialty Prac­tice thrives

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MORE than 2,000 Aus­tralian phar­ma­cists are now ac­tive across the So­ci­ety of Hos­pi­tal Phar­ma­cists of Aus­tralia (SHPA) Spe­cialty Prac­tice pro­gram prov­ing its worth as a pro­fes­sional and ca­reer growth ve­hi­cle, the SHPA says.

SHPA CEO Kristin Michaels says as en­rol­ment con­tin­ues to flour­ish – with more than 2,000 phar­ma­cists ac­tive across the pro­gram’s 24 spe­cialty streams and an ad­di­tional 140 ap­pli­ca­tions flow­ing in each month.

“SHPA mem­bers have wel­comed the cen­tralised sup­port for work­force de­vel­op­ment and recog­ni­tion,” Michaels said.

“As ev­i­dent in our mem­ber-ac­cess one year re­port, feed­back from our mem­bers has been strongly pos­i­tive with broad recog­ni­tion of the value of peer-to-peer en­gage­ment and ac­cess to field lead­ers.

Michaels fur­ther quan­ti­fied the suc­cess of the pro­gram say­ing SHPA mem­bers have con­sis­tently and ea­gerly en­gaged with the new model, sub­mit­ting and re­spond­ing to over 120 posts per week across three lev­els of fo­rums via In­ter­est Groups, Prac­tice Groups and Lead­er­ship Com­mit­tees.

“Mem­bers have recog­nised the value of Spe­cialty Prac­tice as a cru­cial peer-learn­ing con­duit to share ser­vice ex­per­tise and re­duce the sense of pro­fes­sional iso­la­tion – par­tic­u­larly when work­ing in ru­ral ar­eas or smaller hos­pi­tals with few or no on­site col­leagues.

“The vol­un­teer ex­per­tise of Spe­cialty Prac­tice mem­bers has fa­cil­i­tated the re­vi­sion and cre­ation of SHPA Stan­dards of Prac­tice and en­abled work on ma­te­ri­als sup­port­ing codeine up-sched­ul­ing, with other spe­cialty projects in de­vel­op­ment.”

Michaels added that next year and beyond, Spe­cialty Prac­tice will build on its strong foun­da­tions and con­tinue to utilise hos­pi­tal phar­ma­cist ex­per­tise to de­liver Stan­dards of Prac­tice and guid­ance publi­ca­tions, cur­ricu­lum for Ad­vanced Train­ing Res­i­den­cies and a li­brary of ev­i­dence-based pol­icy po­si­tions.

See more info at shpa.org.au.

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