Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers 2018-11-08T14:18:29+00:00

Associate Professor Michael Barras, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld

Michael Barras is currently the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Clinical) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane and a Research conjoint at the School of Pharmacy, UQ where he is an Associate Professor.

Michael is active on a range of national, state and local committees. He chairs the National Research Grants committee and is on the steering committee for the National Translational Research Collaborative (SHPA). He is chair of the Scientific Program Committee for MM18. Michael’s research interests include antibiotic and anticoagulant management; dose individualization of drugs in at-risk patients, including elderly and overweight patients, particularly using therapeutic drug monitoring.

Jane Booth, Senior Pharmacist, Monash Health, Vic

Jane Booth is a senior pharmacist with the Formulary and Business Development Team at Monash Health in Melbourne. Her professional interests are the rational use of medicines, pharmacovigilance and the role of social media in healthcare. Together with Dan Guidone, Jane co-hosts and co-produces the Purple Pen Podcast, a fortnightly discussion about clinical pharmacy in Australia. In 2017 Jane was awarded the William Mercer Young Achiever award from the Victorian Branch of SHPA.
Jane has previously worked as a senior Medicines Information pharmacist and as a clinical pharmacist in critical care. She led the team that established the first Australian clinical pharmacy service to an operating suite. Jane enjoys talking to people about legitimately using Twitter at work. If you are talking to her she is probably considering ways to get you to appear on her podcast.

Chris Braithwaite, Pharmacist, Galambila Aboriginal Health Service, NSW

Chris Braithwaite graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of South Australia in 2012. After placements in Mount Isa (QLD) and Katherine (NT), Chris chose to complete his internship in Mount Isa before beginning general registration in 2014 in Weipa, Cape York. During his time in Weipa, Chris worked in community pharmacy and regularly visited remote Indigenous communities providing S100 support; implemented the first HMR service in the region; worked for Queensland Health providing Telehealth medication reviews to remote communities. As a result of his work, Chris won the North Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) 2016 Pharmacist of the Year award.

Since October 2016, Chris has been employed fulltime by Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour, NSW. In this role, he performs medication reviews; coordinates and delivers disease-specific clinics; coordinates the QUMAX program; regularly liaises with GPs & community pharmacies to improve clinical care & transitions between healthcare settings. He is a member of the PSA/NACCHO ACHHO Pharmacist leadership group and was also recently appointed a Digital Health Champion by the PSA to advocate for the use of My Health Record. He is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy through the University of Queensland.

Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM), University of Otago, NZ

Rhiannon Braund is an academic pharmacist, whose expertise is medicines access and safety. She has worked on several projects to increase access to medicines including reclassification, and re-engineering pharmacy workflow and task distribution to facilitate better use of the skill set within the wider pharmacy team. Specifically, she lead the development and research of the introduction of Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technicians into New Zealand.
She was recently made a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ in recognition of the work she has done to advance the Pharmacy Profession.

Professor Tina Brock, Professor of Pharmacy Education and Practice, Monash University, Vic

Tina Brock is Professor of Pharmacy Education and Practice in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University where she is part of the leadership team for an innovative integrated masters course in pharmacy. She has previously served as the Associate Dean for Global Health and Educational Innovations at the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy; the Director of Capacity Building and Performance Improvement at Management Sciences for Health; the Course Director for the MSc in Pharmacy Practice and Policy at University College London; and the Director of Student Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Tina’s key areas of expertise are curricular design, leadership development, interprofessional educational models.

Brooke Bullock, Principal Medical Education Officer GCHHS, Gold Coast University Hospital, Qld

Brooke Bullock is a current PhD candidate at the University of Queensland whose research focused on the Impact of a Clinical Pharmacist on Post Take Ward Round prescribing, medication appropriateness and cost. She has a particular interest in Pharmacy Education which has seen her fulfil volunteering positions on numerous occasions abroad at the University of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and also on a Medical Mission delivering healthcare to local people in a remote part of the Solomon Islands.
She graduated from James Cook University, Townsville in 2006, completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Queensland in 2010 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Hospital Pharmacy Practice.
Brooke’s involvement in the Pharmacy profession stemmed from days as the National President of the Australian Pharmacy Students Association and lengthy involvement in the International Pharmaceutical Students Association. Brooke is also involved in community volunteering and fund raising; whereby she has raised over $10 000 for cancer research.
In 2012, Brooke was awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year award where she was recognised for striving to advance the pharmacy profession and was selected by the leaders of the profession as epitomising the highest standard of innovation within her practice.

Pippa Burchnall, Dispensary Manager, Pharmacy, Gold Coast Health, Gold Coast University Hospital, Qld

Pippa Burchnall started her pharmacy Career as a pharmacy technician in the UK where she was a tech checker and worked on the wards. Once she moved to Australia in 2011 she started working as Dispensary Manager at the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) and has been in this role for the last 7 years. Pippa manages the operations of the dispensary as well as line managing all the OO3 and OO4 Pharmacy Assistants at GCUH.


Dr Ellen Burkett,  Senior Staff Specialist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld

Dr Ellen Burkett is a senior staff specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department.
She additionally works as a clinical consultant at Queensland Health’s Health Innovation Unit, and has established a Metro South wide emergency substitutive care program for
residents of aged care facilities.
Her research interests include quality improvement in ED care, with particular focus on sepsis management and care of older persons.
She is a member of the expert panel for review of Therapeutic Guidelines: antibiotics for the 15th and 16th editions.

Mark Clifford, Senior Pharmacy Technician, Sterile Production Services, Westmead Hospital, NSW

Mark Clifford is the Senior Pharmacy Technician for Sterile Production Services at Westmead Hospital. In collaboration with the Sterile Production Coordinator he helps oversee the day to day running of the Aseptic Suite. He is integral in the training and development of pharmacists and technicians/assistants in aseptic technique as well as ensuring standards are maintained by regularly assessing validated staff and reviewing current policies and procedures. Mark is a Technician Observer for the NSW Branch of SHPA and also the NSW Representative for the SHPA National Pharmacy Technician Network. He was awarded the SHPA NSW Branch Technician Award in 2017. He previously worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.
Having originally trained as a high school teacher he is committed to the continued development and education of technicians and the vital role they play within the pharmacy sector. With his fellow Technician Observers on the NSW Branch he helped to establish the Technician Subcommittee of the NSW SHPA Branch and continues to contribute to the ongoing Technician CE programme. In addition he has also participated in recent focus groups with both the NSW Ministry of Health and the Hospital Pharmacy Support Technical Advisory Committee.

Tara Clayson-Fisher, Clinical, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

Tara Clayson-Fisher has over seven years experience in hospital pharmacy, commencing her work at Flinders Medical Centre. Here Tara worked across both the Cardiology and Respiratory services providing clinical pharmacy care.

Since October 2017 Tara has taken on a Senior Pharmacy Assistant Services Coordinator role at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The hospital has undergone a major relocation and restructure and Tara is working to implement changes to allow for the clinical upskilling of the assistant workforce.

Tara is a strong advocate for education and for the advancement of the pharmacy assistant role.

Judith Coombes, Clinical Pharmacist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld

Judith Coombes graduated with a BPharm from the University of Queensland and completed the Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Brighton. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University of Queensland. She is currently enrolled in a PhD titled “A conversation about medications after a stroke”.
She has had a Conjoint appointment as a lecturer with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland since 1996. She has been a Senior Pharmacist for Education at Princess Alexandra Hospital for since 1996.
Judith maintains an interest in quality use of medicine (QUM), medication taking behaviour by patients and practitioner development.

Shaun Drummond, Health Service Chief Executive, Qld

Shaun Drummond is the Chief Executive of Metro North. He has been Executive Director Operations of Metro North since 2014 and has been a Chief Operating Officer in the Health Sector for 15 years.

Shaun’s professional background is Industrial Relations and Organisational Development. During his career he has worked in the public health system in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand.

Dr Clive Eakin, Palliative Care Specialist Logan Hospital Metro South Health, Qld

Clive Eakin moved to Australia from Northern Ireland in 1985. He studied medicine at the University of Queensland, followed by advanced training in General Practice.

He worked in General Practice for ten years before retraining in palliative care attaining the “Fellowship of the Australian Chapter of Palliative Medicine” in 2013.

Currently he works for the “Metro South Palliative Care Service” (MSPCS) and is the Palliative Care Specialist at Logan Hospital There he is clinical lead for both the 8 bed in-patient palliative care unit and also for the Logan community palliative care service, which is co located on the Logan Hospital campus.

He is married with three adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys family life, cycling, reading and watching Star Trek.

Fiona Ellem, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Gold Coast Hospitals and Health Service, Qld

Fiona Ellem has worked for Qld Health for more than 25 years, in roles including clinical education and in deputy-director positions. Her clinical specialties have included ward-based respiratory medicine, cardiology, aged care and ten years as an accredited consultant pharmacist conducting medication reviews. She also has experience in community and private hospital pharmacy.

Fiona currently works in the Chronic Disease Wellness Program – a multidisciplinary team providing specialist ambulatory care services in the areas of respiratory disease, cardiac disease (particularly heart failure), CKD and type-2 Diabetes. She has a growing clinical interest in non-cancer palliative care. For 13 years she has been a part-time academic at Griffith University, where she teaches pharmacotherapeutics to pharmacy students, safe prescribing to medical students and runs inter-professional learning activities across the Griffith Health Group. Her research interests are around inter-professional learning and reflective practices.

Melynda Flor, Tech-check Project, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Qld 

Melynda Flor is an Australian pharmacy technician who trained and worked in accuracy checking in the United Kingdom.

She has worked in pharmacy for more than 20 years in both the United Kingdom and Australia. She currently works as a technician educator at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.


Dr Deborah Gilmour, Neonatal Senior Registrar,  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Qld

Dr Deborah Gilmour is a neonatologist at the Mater Mothers Hospital in Brisbane. She is passionate about ensuring babies and their families have access to palliative care.

Her research and clinical interests include perinatal and neonatal palliative care, neonatal retrieval medicine, clinical ethics and family-centred care. She is the lead investigator of NeoSTRESS, an innovative study using smart phone technology to measure environmental stressors in the retrieval environment.

Sharon Goldsworthy, Associate Director of Pharmacy, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glenside & Hampstead Campuses, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pharmacy, SA Health, SA

Sharon Goldsworthy is the Associate Director of Pharmacy, Central Adelaide Local Health Network for The Queen Elizabeth & Glenside Hospitals and Hampstead Centre.

She is the SA Pharmacy Workforce Portfolio Lead and a trained Facilitator. She undertook a Pharmacy degree at the South Australian Institute of Technology and Clinical Pharmacy Masters Degree at the University of South Australia. She is a Fellow of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

Krystal Grzelak,  Top End Mental Health Senior Pharmacy Technician, Royal Darwin Hospital and Northern Territory Mental Health Service, NT

Krystal is the senior technician for Top End Mental Health Service in the Northern Territory and has completed certificate three in hospital health and services and is currently enrolled in the certificate four for hospital health and service. Krystal has over 20 years’ of pharmacy experience; 10 years’ experience within community pharmacy and 11 years in the hospital sector. Krystal was the first technician in the NT to become a senior clinical technician in a specialty area. Krystal’s passions are quality improvement projects, equity of patient care and involving patients in their medication decisions.

Dan Guidone, Head of Pharmacy Futures, The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Vic

Dan Guidone steers many of SHPA’s cornerstone programs, including the Residency Program, National Translational Research Collaborative and Tech Role Redesign project, committed to supporting and empowering pharmacists and technicians to work at their full scope of practice, through every career stage.
Formerly Deputy Director of Pharmacy at the Alfred Hospital and co-host of the Purple Pen Podcast, Dan also represents SHPA in supporting Advancing Practice and manages other credentialing programs including Medication Management Reviews (MMR) and the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential, as SHPA influences the development of a stronger and more capable Australian pharmacy workforce.

Tricia Holmes, Senior Pharmacy Assistant, Service Coordinator, Distribution, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pharmacy, SA

Tricia Holmes is the Senior Pharmacy Assistant Service Coordinator at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in South Australia. With more than seven years’ experience in hospital pharmacy. Tricia manages the Dispensing and Distribution team at this 311 bed site. Tricia is passionate about educating and empowering the technician workforce and has worked closely with major stakeholders to formalise the technician training pathway in South Australia.


Sarah Holster, Technician Team Leader, Epic Pharmacy Port Macquarie, NSW

Sarah Holster first commenced work in pharmacy in 1995. The pharmacy where she started work was a combination of PBS and hospital. She was introduced to dispensing, purchasing and the intricacies of imprest cupboards at this time. She undertook training in front line management and accounting in that time.
Her career progressed, and she had some time (from 2000-2004) running her own business specialising in workplace health and safety assessments. She was then offered to resume her role as a senior technician at the hospital pharmacy 2004, and in September 2011 commenced working with Epic Pharmacy as a Technician Team Leader when a change in management occurred.
Since working with Epic, Sarah has obtained her Certificate III and IV in Hospital Pharmacy through CSU RTO, and attained her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment through Charles Sturt University RTO. As a result of this, Sarah is also a trainer and assessor for TAFE NSW in the Cert III & IV in Hospital Pharmacy Services. Sarah has just completed her Double Diploma in Business and Leadership Management. Sarah’s next venture will be undertaking a Diploma in Quality Auditing. Sarah is exceptionally committed to training, upskilling and empowering the technician workforce and is a huge proponent in further education and training, and in making the most of every possible opportunity.
When not studying herself or helping everyone else to study, she loves travelling, eating great food and being owned by a rescue dog.

Professor Jeff Hughes, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University, WA

Dr Jeff Hughes is a professor in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University. Jeff has received a number of state and national awards for his contribution to pharmacy education, practice and research including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Pharmacist of the Year award in 2004, the AACP-Pfizer Consultant Pharmacist Award in 2009 and the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association Medal in 2014. He has published over 300 research and professional papers, and contributed to 36 books. Jeff major areas of research are in pharmacovigilance and quality use of medicines; pharmacy practice and education; and pain assessment. He is a registered pharmacist, an accredited pharmacist, an owner of a community pharmacy and Chief Scientific Officer of PainChek Ltd. He is also a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), National Translational Research Committee, and previously served on the Boards of the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Vicki Ibrahim, Senior Clinical Reference Lead, Clinical Strategy, Clinical & Consumer Engagement & Clinical Governance, Australian Digital Health Agency, Qld

Vicki Ibrahim is a pharmacist by background with more than 20 years’ experience including a 10 year post as Pharmacy Services Director at UnitingCare Health where Vicki was responsible for overseeing the operations of four hospital pharmacies located across South East Queensland. The implementation of the first Australian Closed Loop Electronic Medication Management system at the St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay sparked Vicki’s interest in digital health and health informatics.
In recent years, Vicki has led the Australian Digital Health Agency’s National Medicines Safety Program; the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 accreditation project at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane; and attained certification in HIMSS education. Vicki is presently consulting while completing a Masters of Health Management.

Katherine Isoardi, Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Department and Clinical Toxicology Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld

Katherine Isoardi is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.  She is the Acting Medical Director of the Queensland Poisons Information Centre and co-ordinates the care of intoxicated, poisoned and envenomed patients across Metro South Health Service and the state.


Melanie Kowalski, Manager, Policy and Evidence, Clinical Heart Health, Heart Foundation, Vic

Melanie Kowalski is an Evidence and Policy Manager at the Heart Foundation and a Clinical Pharmacist at the Alfred Hospital in Victoria. With 10 years experience in hospital clinical pharmacy across multiple acute specialty areas she has spent that past 4 years specialising in critical care. This has included a senior managerial role at the Alfred Hospital intensive care unit (ICU).

Melanie is now focusing her interest in cardiac care through work on national policies and guidelines at the Heart Foundation. Other areas of interest include ICU agitation and delirium, nicotine replacement therapy, heart/lung transplantation and anti-infective dosing consideration in critically ill patients.

Professor Peter Little AM, Head of  School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland, Qld

Peter Little is the Head of the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland. He completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (now Monash) followed by a Master of Science and PhD at The University of Sydney. Peter completed Post-Doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (USA).

Peter’s research has centred on the cardiovascular complications of diabetes, specifically the role of modified proteoglycans in lipid deposition diseases such as atherosclerosis. After a 20 year career at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Alfred Health, in 2010 Peter became the Foundation Head of Pharmacy at RMIT University, in Melbourne. In June 2015, Peter became Head of the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland and moved his research laboratory to the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Peter is Professor and Dean (Visiting) of Pharmacy at Xinhua College of Sun Yat‑sen University and a High-end Foreign Expert through Sun Yat‑sen University in Guangzhou, China. Peter is a former National President of Diabetes Australia and was Founding Secretary and later President of The Australian Vascular Biology Society. In 2007, Peter received an Order of Australia (AM) for services to people with diabetes and diabetes research.

Dr Karin Lust, Clinical Director, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Qld

Karin Lust is the Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, RBWH. She is an Obstetric Physician and Specialist in Internal Medicine. Her clinical work revolves around the care of women with medical conditions in pregnancy and she has interests in preconception care , VTE, thrombophilia, diabetes and cardiac disease in pregnancy. Karin has been involved in the establishment of a multidisciplinary Obstetric Cardiac clinic and an Obstetric Medicine Telehealth service to regional QLD. Karin fosters clinical collaboration and research between physicians and obstetricians and is actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of students, pharmacists, nursing and medical practitioners. She has been involved in the development of numerous guidelines related to medical disorders in pregnancy to improve and standardise care. She is an Associate Professor, UQ. Prior appointments include the Director of Obstetric Medicine, RBWH, Deputy Director of Physician Training, RBWH, President & Council Member, SOMANZ , National and QLD Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee and the National Clinical Examining Committee, RACP.

Sally Marotti, Lead Pharmacist – Experiential Learning, Training and Research, SA Pharmacy, SA

Sally Marotti is the Lead Pharmacist – Experiential Learning, Training and Research for SA Pharmacy. In this role she leads the student experiential learning program for UniSA and statewide intern program. She completed her undergraduate course at the University of South Australia, Master’s Degree at The University of Queensland, is a fellow of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists and has been credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical roles and as a manager across Flinders Medical Centre, John Hunter Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Central Adelaide Local Health network and is currently a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacy Education and Educational Visiting Leadership Committee.

Professor Keith McNeil, Assistant Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Queensland Department of Health, Qld

Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the statewide eHealth program. He works closely with key stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting, while minimising risk.
Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer, National Health Service, United Kingdom following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Steve Morris, Executive Director SA Pharmacy, Chief Pharmacist SA Health, SA

Steve Morris has been recently appointed to the role of CEO NPS Medicinewise. He was previously the Executive Director SA Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacist, SA Health, having responsibility for the delivery of a statewide pharmacy services to the public sector within South Australia. He has worked in numerous clinical and managerial roles within health spanning pharmacy practice, including community, hospital, primary care, industry and NGOs sectors. Prior to moving to Australia he was the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Prescribing Centre in the UK. He has a keen interest in medicines safety, improving the standards of pharmacy practice, the implementation of evidence based medicine, and strategies which utilise the benefits of electronic prescribing systems and automation.

Dr Lisa Nissen, Professor and Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology, Qld

Dr Lisa Nissen is Professor and Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. She is an experienced pharmacy practitioner, researcher and educator having worked in hospital and community pharmacy in metropolitan and rural areas Australia. Her focus is on improving the Quality Use of Medicines in the wider community, across the health care continuum, with a focus on health service development and factors that influence the prescribing of medicines. Lisa is a strong believer in the benefits multidisciplinary health care teams can bring to patient care and takes this passion into the classroom with a commitment to the development and implementation of innovative interprofessional education for health students. She has received National and International Awards for Teaching Excellence and has been acknowledged for her contributions to the pharmacy profession, Lisa was one of Australia’s first credentialed Advanced Practice Pharmacists.

Dr Christy Noble, Principal Research Fellow (Allied Health), Gold Coast University Hospital, Qld

Christy Noble is a Principal Medical Education Officer and Principal Research Fellow (Allied Health) at Gold Coast Health, Australia. She holds adjunct Senior Lecturer appointments in the School of Medicine, Griffith University and School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy has worked as a hospital pharmacist and pharmacy educator for more than 14 years. Having completed both Master of Clinical Education (2006) and PhD (Pharmacy Education) (2014), her research has broadened from pharmacy education to interprofessional and workplace learning. These experiences have enabled her to examine pharmacists’ contributions to medication safety from a different perspective. Despite being based in healthcare, she has actively engaged in practice-based educational research opportunities through national and international collaborations and since the completion of her PhD, she has generated almost $675,000 in postdoctoral research funding as both chief and co-investigators. As an early career researcher, she is building her research capabilities and has over 25 publications.

Samantha Nothling, Senior Applications Specialist, Medication Management, Queensland Department of Health, Qld

Samantha Nothling witnessed firsthand the communication and transcription challenges clinicians’ face every day in healthcare after 4 years’ experience as a Pharmacy Discharge Coordinator at a large metro tertiary facility.  This led to a keen interest in the emerging field of digital health and the benefits that could be gained by transitioning to electronic records.

Samantha has now worked in a Pharmacy Clinical Informatics role for over 5 years; a role she feels extremely passionate about.

Her experience includes EMR, Automated Dispensing Cabinet, Pharmacy Dispensing, and Unit Dosed Packaging implementations across both private and public sectors, as well as their ongoing maintenance, support, and optimisation.  Samantha has obtained her certification as a Health Informatician of Australasia (CHIA), as well as a graduate Bachelor of eHealth (Health Informatics).

Dr Stephen Rashford, Medical Director, Queensland Ambulance Service Qld

Dr Stephen Rashford is a specialist emergency physician and has been the medical director for the Queensland Ambulance Service since 2005. He has been active in all forms of aeromedical retrieval and prehospital care since the early 90s. Steve has developed extensive experience in all aspects of critical care resuscitation and is often out in the field with paramedics at all hours of the day and night. He has introduced novel therapeutic innovations, particularly in the areas of acute coronary syndromes, acute behavioural disturbance, procedural sedation and major trauma resuscitation.

Dr Brent Richards, Medical Director of Innovation and Director of Critical Care Research, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services, Qld

Dr Brent Richards is Medical Director of Innovation and Director of Critical Care research at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, co-founder of IntelliHQ, and Associate Professor at Griffith and Bond Universities. He was previously director of ICU, and executive director of Surgery.
Realising the opportunities and responsibilities in the big data sets being created in ICU and other Health areas, Brent is working on ways to expand, interrogate and understand these data sets, using predictive analytics and neural networks, for clinical understanding, business KPIs and research opportunities, and ultimately improved patient outcomes. He has cofounded IntelliiHQ, focussed on building an ecosystem for AI enabled Healthcare, attracting large and small companies, researchers and educators to facilitate and accelerate the gains possible with these technologies.


Professor Jason Roberts, National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow, The University of Queensland;  Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Qld

Professor Jason Roberts is a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow at The University of Queensland and Consultant Clinical Pharmacist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is Director of Centre of Research Excellent REDUCE within the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and is Director of the Centre for Translational Anti-infective Pharmacodynamics in the School of Pharmacy where he is also Chair of the Research Strategies Committee.
Professor Roberts is a clinician–scientist with a strong interest in research and his principal research theme is optimization of antibiotic dosing in the critically ill. He has been invited to present his results at major international conferences in critical care, infectious diseases, pharmacy, nephrology, transplantation and safety. He has published over 350 papers and book chapters and has >$25 million in grant funding for his research topics.

Professor Debra Rowett PSM, Professor and Discipline Leader Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia; Director, Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA

Professor Debra Rowett is Professor and Discipline Leader Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia and Director of the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. Debra stepped down this year as President of the Australian Pharmacy Council having served on the Pharmacy Board of South Australia and then the Australian Pharmacy Council over a period of 20 years. Debra has worked extensively in the area of quality use of medicines, inter-professional practice, health policy and workforce development in Australia and internationally. Debra has also been at the forefront of academic detailing training and implementation in Australia and her research and clinical interests are in aged care and palliative care. Debra is a member of the national Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). Debra was credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist and is a member of the Australian Advancing Practice Advisory Board which comprises leaders from across the pharmacy profession and consumer health. In 2002 Debra was awarded the SHPA’s Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award, and in 2016, Debra received the prestigious SHPA Fred J Boyd award and is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Dr Simone Ryan, Specialist Occupational & Environmental Physician , CEO – One Life. Live It. NSW

Dr Simone Ryan is a medical specialist and pioneer in her field; known for her passion and dedication to ensuring optimum health for every Australian worker. With her main professional objective to educate the Australian workforce around realising the health benefits of work and how this boosts the bottom line, One Life. Live It. was born.

When working in a world-leading hospital in cardiac surgery, Simone realised the pressures of the corporate landscape – initially via her patients – but then, with her own health terribly suffering due to the high work demands of her role, Simone decided to harness her passion for corporate health and educate businesses to stifle poor understanding and practice.

Simone re-trained in Specialty Medicine and is now a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians within the area of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She has furthered her education to Masters-level in Occupational and Environmental Health and has a very keen interest in healthcare data.

She is currently the Commonwealth Health Minister’s nominee representative to sit as a Board Director for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as well as holding other similar senior advisory roles within large Australian organisations.

Outside of her “day job”, Simone works with her husband Patrick to provide mental health services through a new charity project, the Hang Loose Foundation. When their now seven-years old son Max was born with physical impairment, Simone and Patrick faced many challenges and quickly recognised the need for better support services. They are dedicated to offering such services to parents in receipt of unexpected health news about their children.

Dr Darshan Shah, Stroke Consultant, University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld

Dr Darshan Shah is a full time stroke physician; leading the comprehensive stroke care centre at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) with more than 600 admissions a year and approximately 100 mechanical thrombectomies (clot retrievals) a year. He is also a senior lecturer at University of Queensland (UQ). He has completed his basic training at multiple sites in QLD including Brisbane, Townsville and Gold Coast. After finishing his Advance training at PAH, he went to Melbourne for a year as a research fellow at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH); “epicentre” of stroke expertise. Dr Shah was involved in research during his stroke fellowship at RMH and was exposed to world-leading investigator-initiated clinical trials in stroke. Since returning to PA as a stroke physician he has co-ordinated site start-up of six major international trials

His main interest is stroke prevention and hyperacute stroke management. Under his leadership, he and his team has been successful in reducing stroke thrombolysis time delays from 95 minutes to 25 minutes at PAH; second in Australia to achieve this international benchmark after RMH and increased the proportion of ischemic patients receiving thrombolysis to 40% (previous local and national average 13%). This has also translated into 93% of patients getting the thrombolytic agent within 60 min of hospital arrival, a major improvement compared to the previous local rate of 3.5 % (30% nationally, 59% in USA and 62% UK). He is also the local Principal Investigator for many international trials, the first one called EXTEND IA TNK has been published in NEJM. His research interest extends to ICH and Posterior circulation stroke and outcome; as an author of the famous SMICH and BATMAN published in Stroke journal.

Danielle Silvestro, Pharmacist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Qld

Danielle Silvestro is a current SHPA Pharmacy Resident at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) in Brisbane. She graduated from James Cook University in 2015 and completed her Hospital Pharmacy internship in 2016 at The Townsville Hospital. Danielle is nearing the end of her two-year residency at RBWH and her current rotation involves delivering a clinical service in cancer care, supporting both the inpatient and outpatient populations including the manufacture and provision of cytotoxic products. Danielle is a passionate early career pharmacist, with a current focus on improving her clinical knowledge in a range of areas.

Tom Simpson, Executive Director, Statewide Hospital Pharmacy, Tasmanian Health Service; Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Tas

Tom has held a range of senior management positions both in pharmacy and hospital management over the last 15 years, including the Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance for the Southern Tasmanian Area Health Service; Executive Director, eHealth Strategy for the Department of Health; and is currently the Executive Director for Statewide Hospital Pharmacy across the Tasmanian Health Service.
In addition, Tom has a range of experience on boards and committees. He is a member of the Health Minister’s principal advisory body, the Health Council of Tasmania; Deputy Chair of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (Tasmanian State Branch); a member of the University of Tasmania School of Pharmacy Course Advisory Committee; a member of the Tasmanian Medicines Access and Advisory Committee; Chair of the Statewide Hospital Pharmacy Executive Committee; and a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council.
Throughout Tom’s career he has gained significant experience in the successful development of business cases, including a business case for National funding of a Regional Cancer Centre facility; the business case for the Tasmanian Cabinet to establish a PET-CT Scanner in Tasmania; the statewide Digital Medical Record used across Tasmanian hospitals; and of course a number of pharmacy services.
As a result the Tasmanian Health Service is now investing in extending its pharmacy services, including the establishment of additional Pharmacy Educator roles; Extended Hours Clinical Services; Statewide Portfolio Leadership positions; a Telehealth-based Rural Clinical Pharmacy service; the expansion of Compounding and Cancer Services; and the establishment of a multi-disciplinary Safe Medication Practice Unit, with 12 staff (including pharmacy, nursing, and medical officers) to support improved medication safety.

Adj. Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation, Department of Health, ACT

Adj. Professor John Skerritt joined the Department of Health in 2012 as a Deputy Secretary. Apart from being part of the executive of the Health Department he has responsibility for the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control.

He was formerly a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government, Deputy CEO of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, Senior research manager at CSIRO and in industry partnerships and Chair of the Board of an international technical organisation. He has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, as well as regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation.

John is an Adjunct Full Professor at three Universities, has a PhD from the University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Vic).

Dr James Stevenson, Palliative Care Specialist, The Prince Charles Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Qld

Dr James Stevenson is a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Queensland who went on to train as a Palliative Medicine Physician through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  The majority of his Palliative Medicine training was completed in South Australia mostly through the Repatriation General Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.  He undertook a Fellowship with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool, UK at which time he also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care.  Following a further one year period commencing consultant life back in Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, Dr Stevenson returned to Queensland and has worked as a staff specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital for the last 10 years and has been the clinical director for since 2010.

Dr Stevenson’s specialist training helped foster ongoing interests in education and research.  He has been involved in research projects aiming to improve the evidence base for symptom control strategies at the end of life for issues such as delirium, pain, dyspnoea and nausea, and has worked with nation-wide projects aiming to improve the use of objective assessments to guide better patient and carer outcomes.  He has a long-term interest in appropriate ongoing use of medications and minimising harm in patients living with multiple medical comorbidities in the palliative care setting.

Dr Clair Sullivan, Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North HHS; Endocrinologist; Co-Director, Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC), Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health, Qld

Dr Clair Sullivan graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of Queensland. She completed a Research Doctorate in Medicine (UK) at The General Infirmary at the University of Leeds. Dr Sullivan is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics.

Dr Sullivan is the Chief Digital Health Officer at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. She is a senior staff specialist in Endocrinology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane. She is Co-Director for the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC), Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health. She has been appointed at the University of Queensland and is widely published in clinical informatics and serves on several national advisory boards for digital health.

Professor Anthony Smith, Director, Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland, Qld

Professor Anthony Smith is the Director of The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH). Professor Smith has more than 17 years of research experience involving the planning, implementation and evaluation of telemedicine applications for the benefit of clinicians and patients in regional and remote areas of Australia. Anthony has developed and sustained an international track record in the establishment and evaluation of telehealth, principally in paediatrics and more recently in the adult and aged care disciplines. He has an Adjunct Professor appointment at Centre of Innovative Medical Technology, in Denmark. He is also the Editor in Chief for the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Dominic Tait, Executive Director, Clinical Services, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services, Qld

Dominic Tait is a highly experienced healthcare manager and allied health professional who is passionate about providing quality outcomes for patients and families. Dominic has held the position of Executive Director for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital since January 2017 and prior to this, was the hospital’s Divisional Director of Clinical Support for three years. He also served in Operations Manager roles across multiple divisions such as Critical Care, Surgery and Clinical Support at the former Royal Children’s Hospital between 2012 and 2014. Dominic holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Master of Business Administration.

Erica Tong, Chief Pharmacy Information Officer, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency and Acute Medicine, Alfred Health, Vic

Erica Tong is the Chief Pharmacy Information Officer and Deputy Director of Pharmacy – Clinical Informatics at Alfred Health. She is also the Lead Clinical Pharmacist for Emergency and Acute Medicine (General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care) and is currently completing a PhD investigating advanced practice roles for pharmacists in General Medicine.

Alfred Health have implemented electronic medication management with Cerner in October 2018 and the role of Chief Pharmacy Information Officer at Alfred Health was the first in Australia. In this role, Erica leads a team of pharmacists and business analysts in building and maintaining the electronic medication management systems for Alfred Health. She also works collaboratively with the Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Nursing Information Officer to provide clinical leadership for informatics at Alfred Health.

Bryan Walker, Pharmacy Technician, Canberra Hospital and Health Services, ACT

Bryan Walker has been a pharmacy technician at Canberra Hospital and Health Services since 2012, working in a variety of positions including dispenser, Pyxis coordinator and intravenous (IV) room aseptic technician.

Bryan has been a certified and licensed technician in the USA since 2003. Whilst in the USA he worked at a respiratory company in charge of 2 other technicians for 4 years. Following this he worked at a hospice company using Pyxis automated dispensing machines, webster packs, and aseptic products until moving to Australia in 2010. Bryan is currently the SHPA branch technician observer, as well as the National Pharmacy Technician Association representative for ACT.