The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) is the national, professional, for-purpose organisation for leading pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, interns and students working across Australia’s health system, advocating for their pivotal role improving the safety and quality of medicines use.
SHPA works to provide expert clinical advice and advocacy to government, health and medical stakeholders and the broader community.
SHPA plays a central role advocating for pharmacists working in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Partnering with members, SHPA prepares and provides evidence of optimal healthcare frameworks in which pharmacists’ exceptional and evolving medicines expertise is embedded in multidisciplinary medical teams, ensuring positive health outcomes are achieved for the community.
Issues of pressing relevance include:
- Reducing medicines shortages in hospitals through regulation of supply
- Expanding the scope and impact of pharmacists’ practice within and beyond hospital walls
- Leading workforce transformation by supporting pharmacists’ development in areas of specialty practice.
Pharmacy is nationally regulated by the Pharmacy Board of Australia for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Pharmacists are required to complete a Board-approved pharmacy degree, complete an intern training program, a written examination, oral examination and 1,824 hours of Board-approved supervised practice to become registered to practice in Australia.
Pharmacists are required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) each year as set out by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.