Jade is a clinical pharmacist practicing at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW), NSW. Having completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney and graduating with honours in 2013, she undertook an internship at CHW, as well as being an intern observer for the SHPA NSW branch. She is now employed at CHW as a clinical pharmacist and has gained paediatric specific experience in neurology, burns, and cardiology. Her current rotation sees her delivering a clinical service to the oncology unit, supporting both the inpatient and outpatient populations, as well as the manufacture and provision of cytotoxic products. Jade is a passionate early career pharmacist, who has a current focus on improving her clinical knowledge through a variety of media.
What does the conference theme “Do More” mean to you?
In the dynamic and ever changing landscape of hospital pharmacy, the concept of ‘doing more’ encourages pharmacists to challenge and extend their traditional roles and responsibilities. This can cover a number of areas, including teaching, learning and clinical practice. With the advancement of technology leading to the implementation of electronic medication management programs, as well as automated dispensing, pharmacists are challenged to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of ways to improve efficiency and patient safety.
Why are you excited about participating in MM2017?
The SHPA medicines management conference is an excellent opportunity to engage with the wider hospital pharmacy network, and is a chance to both learn and reflect on the ever-advancing nature of clinical pharmacy practice.
Where do you see pharmacy in 10 years?
The hospital pharmacy landscape is rapidly evolving. With the advancement of technology, as well as the introduction of electronic medication management, pharmacists are encouraged to challenge traditional practices. Processes such as medication supply will become automated and thus much more streamlined, allowing pharmacists to provide a greater focus on clinical services. Integration into team based practice may also encourage greater pharmacist involvement in the prescribing process, as well as a more consistent and active role in transitioning patients between the community and hospital setting. In addition, the push from industry in advancing fields such as pharmacogenomics and immunology will have a large impact on hospital pharmacy practice, in roles such as monitoring and education.