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Medicines Management 2023
The 47th SHPA National Conference
2-4 November 2023
Cairns, Queensland
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Invited Speakers


Professor NICO ADAMS

Associate Dean Industry and Innovation, College of Science and Engineering; Optus Chair of Digital Innovation and IoT, James Cook University Cairns, QLD

Professor Nico Adams is the Optus Chair (Professor) of Digital Innovation and IoT and Associate Dean Industry and Innovation of the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. He supports industry in North Queensland and beyond to leverage digital tools and technologies such as the Internet of Things to develop new products and services and innovate on business models. His research interests are in digital twins and digital systems modelling and systems science. 

Before his appointment at JCU, Nico was an associate professor at Swinburne University of Technology and Director of Swinburne’s Factory of the Future. He pioneered a new university-industry collaboration paradigm to build long-term industry partnerships through joint market exploration and business-product- and technology strategy co-design before engaging in technical and R&D work.  

Prior to his return to academia, Nico has held several roles, including as the IMCRC Program Lead for Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation, where he co-created the widely used futuremapÔ innovation diagnostic, senior research scientist and product manager roles in CSIRO’s Data61 and manufacturing business units and research associate roles at the University of Cambridge and the European Bioinformatics Institute. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Oxford.

LinkedIn: Nico Adams



Lead Pharmacist – Operations and Ambulatory Services, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Vic

Brett Anderson is the Lead Pharmacist for Operations and Ambulatory Services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Brett is also a SHPA Technicians and Assistants Leadership Group member, Chair of the Victorian Pharmacy Technician Role Expansion Collaborative and PhD Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. His thesis is titled: Advancing hospital pharmacy technician roles in the Australian context. In 2024, Brett will evaluate a purpose-built e-learning medication history taking module for pharmacy technicians across multiple Victorian hospitals. Brett’s contributions to expanding both pharmacists' and pharmacy technician’s roles were recently recognised by ANZCAP where he has received recognition as a Fellow with specialities in Leadership and Management as well as Research. 



Digital Health Portfolio Lead, SA Pharmacy, ADELAIDE, SA 

Michael Bakker is the Digital Health Portfolio Lead in SA Pharmacy and the current chair of the SHPA Electronic Medication Management Leadership Committee. Michael is a co-investigator on a project with Flinders’ University that was recently awarded $2.9 million through the Medical Research Future Fund – National Critical infrastructure round titled AutoMedic. The aim is to create a tool to support the delivery clinical pharmacy services in hospital by automating manual tasks and improving the timely recognition of medicines related risk. The project will be a collaboration between the Flinders University Digital Health Centre, SA Pharmacy and the Australian Institute of Machine Learning.  

Michael’s work interests include improving the digital maturity of the pharmacy workforce and harnessing technology to reduce and automate manual tasks to increase available time for additional direct patient care. He is a member of the board of governors of Parkinson’s South Australia, a member for the South Australian Hospital Research Foundation and has experience across community, hospital and pharmacy medication reviews prior to working in his current role.

LinkedIn: Michael Bakker



Statewide Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Statewide Hospital Pharmacy, Tasmanian Health Service, Hobart, Tas

Camille Boland has had an extensive career in clinical pharmacy focusing on improving hospital pharmacy practice, training of junior pharmacists, and several medication safety initiatives. Camille has worked in several clinical specialty areas including General Medicine, Stroke, Neurosurgery and Renal Medicine. Previous roles include Royal Hobart Hospital Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Acting Royal Hobart Hospital Pharmacy Site Manager. 

Camille is a credentialed Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting pharmacist and SHPA ClinCAT evaluator and was instrumental in the introduction of these initiatives to the Tasmanian Health Service public hospitals. Camille was awarded SHPA Fellowship in 2006, Advanced Practice Pharmacist Stage 3 status in 2019 and in 2021 Camille was awarded the SHPA Tasmanian Branch Achievement award. Camille’s current role is Statewide Clinical Pharmacy Manager, leading the delivery of clinical pharmacy services across the Tasmanian public hospitals, and she also holds a position as Honorary Clinical Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Tasmania.


LinkedIn: Camille Boland


tara clayson-fisher

Statewide Pharmacy Technician Manager, Statewide Hospital Pharmacy, Tas

Tara Clayson-Fisher has worked in pharmacy practice for fifteen years, and is a strong advocate for the technician workforce, clinical excellence, and patient care. 

Tara lives and works in Tasmania, Australia and is the Statewide Pharmacy Technician Manager for the public hospital pharmacy service. This unique position has embedded the technician voice at the executive level and provides oversight to the strategic growth and development of this workforce across four hospital locations.



Senior Pharmacy Technician – Sterile & PC2 Production Services, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Mark is the Senior Pharmacy Technician for Sterile & PC2 Production at Westmead Hospital. Managing the technical aspects of pharmaceutical production - including GMO, advanced therapies and clinical trials management; Mark provides training and support to staff, clinicians, researchers and students on the management, handling and reconstitution of sterile and advance therapy pharmaceuticals to support high quality care to patients.  

As a regular participant with SHPA, Mark has served as Technician Representative and Technician Observer for the SHPA NSW Branch (2016-2020); is a former chair of the Technicians & Assistants Specialty Practice Leadership Committee; and has presented and chaired at numerous Medicines Management Conferences.  

A member of the SkillsIQ Technical Advisory Committee (2018-2022), he had extensive involvement in the redevelopment of the Certificate III & Certificate IV in Hospital / Health Services Pharmacy Support qualifications and is a keen supporter of the expansion and development of the pharmacy technician role. 



Acting Team Leader, CoNeCT Mental Health Expansion Service, Perth, WA

Deirdre Criddle has worked in many different pharmacy roles and settings in her pharmacy career – all focussed on the Quality Use of Medicines. She was among the first cohort of Australian pharmacists to be credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist specialising in medication management across care transitions. She is currently researching readmission risk tools focussed on identifying high risk patients who could benefit from a medication review early post hospital discharge.  

She was a previous SHPA Director (2015-2022), inaugural Chair of Pharmacy Development Australia (Credentialing Advanced Practice Pharmacists 2017-2020) and remains on the leadership Committee for SHPA’s Transitions of Care and Primary Care Special Interest Group. She is currently Acting Team Lead for CoNeCT Mental Health Expansion Service – a new interdisciplinary service targeting high intensity users of emergency services. Deirdre was recently awarded the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award 2022 by SHPA.

LinkedIn: Deirdre Criddle



Director of Pharmacy, Alfred Health; Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University; Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Melbourne, Vic

Professor Michael Dooley holds a joint appointment as Director of Pharmacy at Alfred Health and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety at Monash University in Melbourne Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University.  

His career has focused in the acute healthcare sector and has spanned special clinical roles in oncology through to senior leadership positions within health services. He has led a wide range of initiatives progressing improvement in medication use and clinical pharmacy practice in Australia including development of profession standards of practice and formal residency training programs. 

He contributes to many national and local professional committees and working parties related to improving the delivery of quality health care services. Michael has also worked with many health services, organisations and governmental bodies within Australia and overseas in implementing services to improve medication use.  

He is past President of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of SHPA and his contributions have been recognized with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Gold Medal and SHPA Medal of Merit, Clinical Pharmacy Award and Fred J Boyd Award. 

He has been actively involved in a range of research activities from practice based undergraduate projects through to competitively funded collaborative initiatives and post graduate programs. His work has included over 230 journal publications and over 500 invited or scientific presentations at conferences and meetings locally and internationally.  



Director, Cultivate People and Culture; Director, Susan Fahey Consulting; Co-Founder, Lumos Leadership, Hobart, Tas

As a former chief executive officer in the not for profit sector, with over two decades experience as a barrister and solicitor and now an established company director, Susan has a unique skill set geared towards assisting individuals and organisations at all levels. 

An experienced leader, director and strategist, Susan is an accomplished problem solver well known for her highly successful yet different way of approaching things. 

Susan is driven by her passion for helping people to build their confidence, find their leadership style and to achieve success no matter what their role or business is. 

As a leader, coach and director Susan is adept at helping both individuals and organisations find their own strengths and to achieve their goals. Susan has a proven track record working with Government, not for profit organisations and the private sector alike. 

Susan’s experiences in law, executive leadership and as a company director see her well placed to provide expert, practical and strategic insights across a diverse range of individual and organisational development. 

Susan’s skill as a trouble shooter, her analytical ability and common sense approach results in practical advice and guidance with strong and lasting results.

Twitter: @susanfahey

LinkedIn: Susan Fahey




Head of Workforce Advancement, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Melbourne, Vic

Kylee leads SHPA’s integrated practitioner development programs, including Australia-first Foundation and Advanced Training residencies, supporting the advancement of the pharmacy workforce to have the capacity, capability and flexibility to function within an ever-changing healthcare system, working at their full scope of practice through every career stage.



Senior Pharmacy Technician and Service Coordinator, SA Pharmacy, Adelaide, SA

Tricia Holmes is the Senior Pharmacy Technician Service Coordinator at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia, with more than 13 years’ experience in hospital pharmacy. Tricia manages the dispensing and distribution team at this 800-bed site. Tricia is passionate about educating and empowering the technician workforce and has worked closely with the major stakeholders to formalize the technician training pathway in South Australia. 

Tricia sits on the Technician and Assistant Specialty practice group SHPA and is committed to supporting future development for the technician workforce nationally.



Lecturer, ANU Medical School; Senior Pharmacist Health Services, North Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT

Dr Karlee Johnston is an advanced practice critical care pharmacist with more than 15 years’ clinical experience. Having recently stepped away from full-time clinical work, Karlee has moved into academia to focus on teaching and research, although still enjoys working clinically on a casual basis.  She has recently completed a PhD through the Australian National University School of Medicine and Psychology. Karlee’s research has focused on investigating pharmacist burnout and understanding pharmacist’s experiences, particularly during COVID-19, with an aim to finding solutions to burnout and improving pharmacist’s wellbeing. Karlee has recently implemented restorative support programs at multiple pharmacies in the ACT and NSW, and provides coaching and support for pharmacists in restorative communication to optimise workplace culture.

Twitter: @karlee_pham


Tony Lai

Senior Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, The children's Hospital at Westmead; Clinical lecturer, university of sydney, sydney, nsw

Tony Lai is the Senior antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) pharmacist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has over ten years of infectious diseases and AMS speciality experience across a range of hospitals in Sydney. This includes delivering services to a district level of over 2000 beds to a regional hospital of 200 in both paediatrics and adults. He sits on numerous guideline editorial groups (e.g. Therapeutic Guidelines, Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook, and the Australasian Neonatal Medicines formulary). His research interests include therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) and dose optimisation of antimicrobials. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Liposomal Amphotericin B TDM in children.

Twitter: @tonylai_

LinkedIn: Tony Lai


bec livori

Dialysis Pharmacist, Grampians Health Ballarat, MELBOURNE, VIC

Bec Livori initially trained in clinical pharmacy at the Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals, focusing on general medicine, infectious diseases and geriatrics. She then transitioned into quality of use of medicines roles in public and private health networks, with key successes being harmonisation of clinical guidelines, implementing electronic medication systems in oncology, and development of intern pharmacist clinical education programs. Bec has also worked within the primary health sector in quality and governance, managing professional services and quality improvement across a network of community pharmacies. Following her time in quality and governance, Bec transitioned back into clinical practice, with an interest in renal medicine. She has since developed a dialysis service within Grampians Health, which includes ambulatory clinics, clinical pharmacy services in an inpatient dialysis unit, and several research and quality improvement projects within renal medicine. These projects include a scoping review of clinical pharmacy services within dialysis, development of a virtual stock inventory for claimable medicines within dialysis, as well as pharmacist-led warfarin dosing in dialysis. She has completed graduate certificates in clinical pharmacy, as well as quality and governance, and is undertaking a Master of Science in Renal Medicine through a multi-disciplinary clinical education program from the University of South Wales (United Kingdom). Bec has used her knowledge of quality use of medicines and clinical governance alongside her clinical expertise to contribute to the Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook, Don’t Rush to Crush, and is a member of the Nephrology Leadership Committee for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia. 

Twitter: @beclivori

LinkedIn: Bec Livori



Lead Pharmacist in Experiential Learning, Training and Research, SA Pharmacy; Adjunct Clinical Lecturer, The University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

Sally Marotti is the Lead Pharmacist for Education for SA Pharmacy, a statewide hospital pharmacy service that provides clinical and dispensing services for 19 hospitals in metropolitan and regional areas. In this role Sally supports student placements, hospital internships, pharmacy residency programs, technician training and research. In these roles Sally has led the introduction of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) to support technicians, students, interns and early career pharmacist development. She has also contributed to the development of national EPAs for pharmacy interns as a member of the Australian Pharmacy Council working group.

Sally competed her undergraduate training at the University of South Australia, her postgraduate Masters in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Queensland and is currently enrolled in her PhD studying EPAs at the University of South Australia where she is also an affiliate clinical lecturer. Sally is an Advanced Practice Pharmacist and was the recipient of the 2021 SHPA Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award.  

Twitter: @sallymarotti

LinkedIn: Sally Marotti


Alexandria McDonald

Education Pharmacist, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Melbourne, Vic

Alexandria McDonald, is an Education Pharmacist at the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia and is currently completing an Advanced Training Residency in Education. An experienced clinical pharmacist and previous Senior Pharmacist in Learning & Development at Alfred Health, Alex has spearheaded the development of a number of education projects including external pharmacy courses and research projects. Alex's dedication to the education of early career pharmacists is highlighted by her many roles across undergraduate, intern and clinical pharmacist programs at both Monash University and Alfred Health. At SHPA, Alex continues to draw on her clinical pharmacy experience and contribute to the education of pharmacists' nation-wide by collaborating with Speciality Practice groups and external stake holders to develop seminars, credentialing packages and various other education programs.



Research Fellow, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC

Dr Jedidiah Morton works at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. He trained as a geneticist and epidemiologist, and has research interests in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, epidemiological modelling, health economics, and biostatistics.  

Twitter: @JedidiahMorton



Member Projects Manager, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Melbourne, Vic

As the SHPA Member Projects Manager, Suzanne uses her hospital pharmacy background and long connection with SHPA to develop and implement SHPA programs that support members in their practice and provide opportunities to develop and share their expertise. 

Suzanne oversaw the development and led the implementation of the Specialty Practice program in 2017 and leads the continual improvement and expansion of the program. Suzanne loves to identify and harness members’ expertise, enthusiasm and passion for hospital pharmacy and providing high-quality patient care and offers them opportunities to share their expertise and influence pharmacy practice and health care at the local, state or national level.  

Suzanne is currently supporting the Clinical Pharmacy Standards project, which is updating the Standard of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services and plans to publish a new contemporary Standard of Practice within the next 18 months.



Deputy Chief Pharmacist, WA Country Health Service, Perth, WA

Jonathan Nugent is the Deputy Chief Pharmacist for the WA Country Health Service, a service that spans across an area of more than 2.5 million square kilometres. He has over 10 years’ experience in senior level leadership roles at different organisations including the WA Country Health Service, the Child and Adolescent Health Service and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Jonathan spent 2 years as Chief Pharmacist of Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and played a lead role in the workforce build of Perth Children’s Hospital prior to its opening in 2018. He loves to see others grow and succeed in their careers and now plays a lead role in building the ability and capacity of the regional clinical pharmacist workforce in the WA Country Health Service. 

Jonathan credits the success of his own career to building successful teams and finding roles in organisations where he is best placed to build positive team values and contribute to the delivery of excellence in patient care. He has completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and a Diploma in Leadership and Management to compliment his Bachelor of Pharmacy. He sits on the Committee of Management for the Health Services Union of WA, a role that he embraces to influence the employment conditions of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a state-wide level. Prior to moving into Hospital Pharmacy leadership and management roles, Jonathan had a broad range of career experiences extending from country community pharmacy to specialisation in paediatrics. 

LinkedIn: Jonathon Nugent




Senior Pharmacist, Cardiology; Specialist Services and Clinical Assistant Team Leader, Flinders Medical Centre, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pharmacy, Adelaide, SA
Cassie Potts is a senior clinical pharmacist, and specialist services and clinical assistant team leader at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia. She has more than 10 years experience practicing clinical pharmacy on the coronary care unit, is a member of the SHPA Cardiology Leadership Committee and a member of the SA Statewide Heart Failure Subcommittee. She is also a member of the current SHPA Clinical Pharmacy Standards Editorial Committee.   

Cassie’s expertise include pulmonary arterial hypertension, and her special interests focus around medication safety within a coronary care unit and the development and progression of the clinical assistant workforce. She cares greatly about optimising patient outcomes, but in particular improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and has been a regular content reviewer for publications such as the Australian Medicines Handbook, Australian Injectable Drug Handbook & the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals.  Cassie is passionate about practicing as a member of the multidisciplinary team of clinicians to deliver a high standard of patient care and optimise the health outcomes of her patients. In her spare time, she can be found in her garden trying to outwit the animals that steal her crops or trekking the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

LinkedIn: Cassie Potts


Professor Lloyd Reeve-Johnson

Professor of One Health, University of sunshine coast, sunshine coast, qld

Professor Lloyd Reeve-Johnson is Professor of One Health at the University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.  Previously he was Adjunct Professor, at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology and Principal Research Fellow at the flagship Translational Research Institute in Brisbane.  He has also been Professor of Pharmacology and Dean of the Queensland Veterinary College at the University of Queensland.

Prior to that he had been Director of Research and Development for the European Union (including Middle East and Africa) with Elanco Animal Science Research of American pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.  He keeps up clinical practice skills as both a veterinarian and medical doctor working in General Medical Practice in a busy clinic in Brisbane.

He is passionate about One Health and disease management, having worked in over 100 countries on projects related to human and animal health. He has managed registration of over 60 therapeutic products with FDA, EMEA, NZFSA, APVMA and other registration agencies including product importation via AQIS.  His research includes sentinel developments in macrolide antibiotic therapies for which he was recognized with a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology in UK, Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Spain where he is a tenured International Collaborator at the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid.

His Doctor of Science degree from Edinburgh University was in respiratory pathology and his PhD on epidemiology and health economics.  He has trained as a registrar in Psychiatry (Royal Australian and New Zealand Colleges of Psychiatry) before specializing in General Practice (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).  His current interests focus on translational pharmacological and health related developments bridging across ecological niches between man, animals and the environment.  He has a long track record as an invited plenary and keynote speaker at major international congresses and has published widely in international journals. 



Head of Education, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Melbourne, Vic

Sally Ridgers directs SHPA's diverse and growing range of continuing professional development (CPD) seminars, webinars, conferences and workshops, ensuring SHPA remains Australia’s leading provider of clinical pharmacy CPD.

Sally oversees SHPA events, including symposia supporting key workforce development program and Australia’s largest annual scientific pharmacy conference, Medicines Management.

Sally manages a diverse array of sponsorship portfolios, and leads stakeholder engagement for SHPA's events, conferences, CPD and grants.

workshop leader

melinda rose

Nursing Director, Safe Medication Practice, Statewide Hospital Pharmacy, Tasmanian Health Service, Hobart, Tas

Melinda Rose is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Nursing. She has an extensive Emergency Department background and while working as the Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Consultant developed an interest in improvement science and how it relates to clinical incident review and process redesign. She has played a key role in the development of statewide clinical pathways and local redevelopment projects. For the last two years she been the Nursing Director for Tasmania’s Statewide Hospital Pharmacy Safe Medication Practice Unit, co-leading a multi-disciplinary team in medication safety matters. She is passionate about patient care, safe systems and creating supportive cultures to prevent harm. 



President, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Hobart, Tas

Tom Simpson is Executive Director, Statewide Hospital Pharmacy for the Tasmanian Health Service.  In this role he oversees pharmacy service delivery to Tasmania’s four acute hospitals and 17 district hospitals.  The service employs over 300 staff, operating as a centralised service that is distributed over several sites, and provides contemporary pharmacy services including Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting; Pharmacy Residency (Foundation and Advanced); Hospital in the Home services; and Outpatient Pharmacy Review Clinics.  Services are provided to tertiary metro, tertiary regional, and primary and secondary regional and rural hospitals.    

Tom has held positions as Chair, Statewide Pharmacy Executive Committee, the Tasmanian Minister’s Health Council and the Pharmacy Board of Tasmania. Tom is a member of the SHPA Leadership and Management Specialty Practice Leadership Committee and holds a conjoint position as Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Tasmania School of Pharmacy. Tom was awarded 2018 Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year and the 2019 SHPA Medal of Merit, recognising outstanding contribution to pharmacy practice locally and nationally.



Staff Hepatologist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Qld

Dr Richard Skoien is a full-time Staff Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland with expertise in the management of all chronic liver diseases, especially cirrhosis and its complications. He completed a PhD in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and has research interests in biomarkers of HCC and chronic liver disease, as well as clinical innovations to improve outcomes in patients with cirrhosis. He is involved in mentoring and training and a Senior Lecturer with The University of Queensland School of Medicine. Over the last decade, he has contributed to multiple hospital quality improvement initiatives, local collaborative research at the QIMR-Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and nationally as part of the GESA Liver Clinical Research Network. In addition to his clinical and research work, he has been a Principal Investigator on many multi-centre international drug trials and has contributed to a number of Advisory Board Meetings on the use of new therapeutics in Australia. He is a frequent attendee at national and international scientific meetings and a past President of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland.


Guilherme SOARES

Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Menzies School of Health Research, Timor-Leste, Dili

Guilherme (Guiler) Dos Santos Ximenes Soares is an Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist from Menzies School of Health Research, Timor-Leste. He studied pharmacy in the Philippines and graduated in 2019. During his three years working for Menzies, Guiler has focused on improving antimicrobial use, monitoring, and knowledge in the Timor-Leste National Hospital and the five referral hospitals. Guiler is passionate about education and capacity building in his country and hopes to continue collaborating with the Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste’s healthcare workforce and other non-government organizations to improve the country’s high rates of antimicrobial resistance. 




Advanced Pharmacy Technician, Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), BRISBANE, QLD 

Julia (Jules) Tisdall is a pharmacy technician with 21 years' experience. Coming up to 9 years in hospital and 12 years previously in community pharmacy.  

Jules has worked as a technician team leader at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for 8 years and recently went on a secondment to Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) Hospital to work as a ward-based technician, as she has never seen that part of the technician role before. Jules is passionate about sustainability within health and the environment. Jules is currently studying a bach of public health part time with the hopes to continue to grow within the health care industry.  Jules is passionate about promoting technicians outside of pharmacy with research, to hope to aim to make technicians more recognised outside of pharmacy within Australia. To this aim Jules had published 4 peer reviewed publications 1 making it into the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. Hopefully with publishing more tech led research it may help with more new roles.

LinkedIn: Jules Tisdall


DR Sudharsan Venkatesan 

Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases and General Medicine, Royal Darwin & Palmerston Hospitals, Darwin, NT 

Dr Sudharsan Venkatesan is an Infectious Diseases and General Medicine physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital and is the clinical lead for Hospital in the Home. He graduated from University of Melbourne and completed his dual training in Melbourne and Darwin. He has stayed on in Darwin after completing his training and enjoys the challenges of working in the amazing NT. He particularly likes (de)hydrating with caffeine at any opportunity.



Publications and Medicines Information Pharmacist, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Vic

Hao Vo-Tran is currently the Publications and Medicines Information Pharmacist at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. In this capacity, she provides medicines information to healthcare professionals and the public alike. She is also the editor of the Women’s Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Medicines Guide (PBMG).  

Hao completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) at Monash University in 2006 and commenced her career at Western Hospital, Melbourne. In 2010, she began working at the Women’s hospital as a clinical pharmacist before transitioning to her current role. Her work allows her to continually promote the safe use of medicines in pregnancy and breastfeeding.



Social Enterprise Lead, Synapse, Cairns, Qld 

Jamen Wilcox is a Yindinji man from Innisfail who currently resides in Cairns. Jamen was diagnosed with SLE at 20 after suffering the symptoms for a number of years. After a variety of treatments and extended stays in hospital, Jamen’s kidney’s failed and he commenced dialysis in his mid 20’s. He was then fortunate enough to receive a transplant after 5 years of dialysis, which lasted 9 years, and has returned to dialysis 3 times a week for the last 5 years.  

In between his treatment, Jamen has worked in Government and Commercial enterprise in WHS and health space, until starting his own consulting business specializing in indigenous engagement and operations. He has recently started a new role with Synapse Australia as the Social Enterprise Lead.  

The Social Enterprise Lead manages the national development, roll out and uptake of culturally informed training, products and services. This includes assisting businesses engage and work with indigenous peoples, communities and organisations in a culturally informed and sensitive manner.   

Apart from his own personal experience within the health system, Jamen has worked with many indigenous people and organisations in the health space, assisting with research programs, installation of medical facilities, the development and roll out of health programs and working one-on-one with indigenous people to better their health outcomes.

LinkedIn: Jamen Wilcox



Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University; Executive Director, Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, Melbourne, Vic

Martin Williams, PhD is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University, and Adjunct in Computational Neuroscience at the Turner Institute at Monash. Martin’s research background is in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and he is Executive Director of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM) and Vice-President of Entheogenesis Australis (EGA).  

Martin is a lead and/or co-investigator on a number of Australian clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne study of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in palliative care; the Monash PsiConnect neuroimaging study of psilocybin with mindfulness meditation; the Swinburne PsiloDep pilot study and 3PAP RCT of 2- vs 3-dose psilocybin-assisted therapy for depression; and several other studies of psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelics for the treatment of a range of mental health conditions.  

Martin has been an articulate advocate for psychedelic medical research and the evidence-based clinical translation of psychedelic-assisted therapies for almost twenty years. He has co-authored several academic papers providing an Australian perspective on the subject, including a recent influential Perspectives paper in Frontiers in Psychiatry, and is co-editor of a current special topic issue of Frontiers, Beyond Psilocybin: Exploring the Clinical Potential of Novel and Alternative Psychedelics.

LinkedIn: Martin Williams



GP, Clinical Director, AOD MLHD, Murrumbidgee; Medical Advisor, PaCH SESLHD; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW; Chair for Specific Interest Group in Addiction, RACGP, Sydney, NSW

Dr Hester Wilson is a GP and Addiction specialist, chair of the RACGP Addiction Special Interest Group, a clinician with many years clinical and teaching experience, Dr Hester Wilson works for NSW Health in Sydney and Wagga and in private practice in Sydney. She is currently undertaking a PhD focused on GPs’ experience of patients with chronic pain and prescription opioid use disorder. She is a member of the RACGP Smoking Cessation Expert Advisory Group and is working with Population and Community Health in South Eastern Sydney to support Allied Health clinicians advising on nicotine cessation in adults and adolescents.

Twitter: @drhesterwilson

LinkedIn: Hester Wilson



Senior Medicines Information Pharmacist, Western Health; Health Professionals Program Manager, Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Founder, Pharmacists for the Environment Australia, Melbourne, VIC

Grace Wong's love for public health and the natural environment drives her passion for what she does. She is a Senior Pharmacist for Western Health, leading the Medicines Information and Adverse Drug Reactions services. Since 2016 Grace has been the first Green Champion for the Western Health Pharmacy Department. In this role, she has ventured where few pharmacists have gone, engaging her peers locally and internationally to think, see and do green. Grace has grown her expertise in green pharmacy practice organically through practical experience and experimentation. Pharmacists for the Environment Australia (PEA) Australia’s first and possibly the world’s first registered pharmacy environmental group when it was founded by Grace in 2015. She continues to use this platform to promote carbon reduction activities in pharmacy and engage and support her peers to do their part. Grace is a sought-after speaker and writer on green pharmacy topics and has won several awards, including People’s Choice Best Poster at the National Medicines Symposium. Prior to joining Western Health in 2015, Grace worked in remote and regional Northern Territory specialising in Aboriginal renal health, in India for NGO Calcutta Rescue and metro and regional Victorian and UK hospitals. She was also a sessional tutor for 10 years with Monash University. Grace is also manages the health professionals education program at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, a practicing accredited HMR Pharmacist, Pharmacist Immuniser, yoga and meditation teacher.

LinkedIn: Grace Wong



Senior Staff Specialist, Infectious Diseases, Cairns Hospital, Cairns Sexual Health Services, Cairns, Qld

Dr Trent Yarwood is an infectious diseases physician at Cairns Hospital and Cairns Sexual Health. His clinical interests include antimicrobial stewardship, HIV medicine and the public health management of drug-resistance. He has previously been director of the Qld Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, a senior medical advisor to the Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s AURA program, and co-chair of the Queensland Infection Clinical Network.  He is an adjunct senior lecturer with JCU’s College of Medicine and UQ’s Rural Clinical School. 

LinkedIn: Trent Yarwood




A/Perioperative Team Leader Pharmacist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD

Kate Ziser is passionate about improving patient care and health literacy. She enjoys watching the profession expand its scope of practice to optimise medication safety. Her clinical areas of expertise are Cardiology and Education and Training. Kate is the current acting Perioperative Team Leader at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. She has recently completed an Advanced Training Residency in Cardiology and a Masters in Clinical Pharmacy through Monash University.

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