Foundation training and development: time for an Australian hospital pharmacy residency programme

Kristin Michaels, Andrew P. Matthews, Peter Fowler, Ian Coombes, Daniel Guidone, Christopher Freeman, Arduino Mangoni, Cathy Martin, Cameron Phillips, Catherine Brown, Matthew Scott, Sachin Ramnani

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Objective: Foundation training and development are critical for newly registered professionals to consolidate their formal academic education and apply thisknowledge in real and complex workplace settings. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has emphasised the importance of foundation training infrastructures (Goal 2) in its Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals. Unlike the USA, UK, Singapore and Canada, Australia has not previously offered a formal programme of foundation training in a residency programme.
Design: In 2017 the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) implemented a structured, formalised, supported and accredited national residency programme for early-career hospital pharmacists. The SHPA
residency is a two-year professional development programme designed to support pharmacist practitioner development towards competence and performance aligned with Stage 1 (Transition Level) of the Australian Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework. Assessment: SHPA has developed robust accreditation standards to support the design and structure of hospital pharmacy residency programmes. Thirty-two pharmacy departments servicing 54 hospitals were evaluated against the SHPA accreditation standards. Thirty hospital pharmacy residency programmes were provisionally accredited and over 130 resident pharmacists will commence their programmes in 2017. Residents will rotate through a diverse programme curriculum including clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research. Evaluation, feedback, and reflection using evidence based tools are integral components of the programme.
Conclusion: Foundation training offered by the SHPA Residency Programme adds to the formalised practitioner development framework for pharmacy, and defines the pathway from undergraduate through to advanced practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberTIP68
Pages (from-to)305-306
Number of pages2
JournalPharmacy Education
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventMonash Pharmacy Education Symposium 2017: Monash University Prato Centre, Via Pugliesi, 26, 59100 Prato, Italy -
Duration: 9 Jul 201712 Jul 2017


  • Clinical Teaching
  • Accreditation Standards
  • Student Evaluation
  • Professional Development


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