Mark Clifford

Senior Pharmacy Technician for Sterile Production Services
Westmead Hospital

Mark 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 policies and procedures. He previously worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. Before moving to Australia Mark worked for Boots in the UK as Stock Specialist for Care Home Services and Team Leader for the Websterpack Department. He is committed to the continued development and education of technicians and the vital role they play within the pharmacy sector.

What does the conference theme “Do More” mean to you?
Expanding the role of Pharmacy Technicians thereby allowing pharmacists to also ‘Do More’ resulting in a smarter working, more effective and efficient pharmacy workforce.

Why are you excited about participating in MM2017?
As my first conference I am honoured to not only be attending but also participating in the conference itself.

Where do you see pharmacy in 10 years?
Should the same patterns follow here as have happened overseas we will have a very different workforce in the future. From a Technician perspective this would include Registered Technicians, Accuracy Checking Technicians and many other expanded roles. Lets not reinvent the wheel here – we know what has worked overseas successfully and what will / will not work here. Let’s embrace the change and build on the momentum we already have.