Pharmacy Daily

SHPA leading gender equity drive


EMBRACING the #ChooseToCh­allenge theme of this year’s Interna onal Women’s Day, the Society of Hospital Pharmacist­s of Australia (SHPA) is voicing its commitment to gender equality.

SHPA CEO, Kristin Michaels, said women across Australian hospital pharmacy were challengin­g a legacy of traditiona­l leadership, taking on influencia­l positions on the organisati­on’s Board and committees.

“Our membership currently comprises 76% women pharmacist­s and technician­s, with 70% representa­tion on the SHPA Board of Directors and 66% on the SHPA Executive,” she said.

“Shaping clinical prac ce and achievemen­t, women lead 18 of SHPA’s 27 Specialty Practice Leadership Committees, have received nearly 60% of SHPA Fellowship­s and more than half of our three major annual awards bestowed so far this century.

“We are proud to lead pharmacy in female representa­tion across organisati­onal leadership and governance, strengthen­ing our advocacy on behalf of the predominan­tly female Australian hospital pharmacy workforce.”

Michaels said there was a need for greater workplace flexibilit­y if the profession is to continue to expand its scope and increase the impact pharmacist­s can make on patient care.

“This is especially important with such a significan­t and valuable female workforce,” she said.

“I am proud we are able to support women in clinical leadership roles; currently all of the senior pharmacist­s working within my clinical program are women, and half are young mothers who work part‐time.

“Without them, our clinical services would not be where they are now.

“I urge those in positions of influence to support flexible and part‐ me work in clinical leadership roles, and to encourage practice‐ based research including PhDs for pharmacist­s working in clinical positions.”

Michaels added that research led by SHPA members predicted women will achieve an average 50% representa­tion in Australian pharmacy profession­al committees no sooner than 2029.

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