Jane Booth

Medicines Information Pharmacist
Austin Health

Jane Booth is the Senior Medicines Information Pharmacist at Austin Health. 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. Supported by SHPA, Austin Health and Alfred Health, the podcast is a fortnightly discussion about clinical pharmacy in Australia.

Jane has previously worked as a clinical pharmacist in critical care. She was part of 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.

What does the conference theme “Do More” mean to you?
There’s a famous quote: ‘The most dangerous phrase in language is “we’ve always done it this way”.’
SHPA Medicines Management conferences are full of people exploring and sharing new ways to treat patients and new models of practice. The hospital pharmacy workforce is always finding ways to “Do More”.

Why you are excited about participating in MM2017?
I’ve been invited to talk about how we access information during a knowledge sharing revolution. There is so much that we can do in this space. It will be great to discuss and share the challenges and opportunities with other enthusiastic conference delegates.

Where do you see pharmacy in 10 years?
Dispensing information is going to become as important as dispensing physical medicines. We’re pretty much there now. It is going to be fascinating to see how this evolves.