Category: Professional Posters
Pharmacists form an integral part of the multidisciplinary team that works together to achieve the best patient outcomes. As complexity in healthcare continues to increase, so have the requirements of pharmacists working in a clinical setting. As a profession, we need to make sure our pharmacists have appropriate training and support in this environment. Residencies have been available across the world for many years, including in the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and the United States of America (USA). In the United States. In Australia, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia (SHPA) has had a strong focus on post-registration training and implemented a foundation Residency Program In 2017. The Australian Residency program is structured, formalized, supported and accredited two-year program, which facilitates the development of general level pharmacists. This program is inspired by the PGY1 Residencies in the USA but has some significant differences. Currently, in its third year, there are now over 30 accredited sites across Australia and over 150 Residents. The SHPA Residency supports pharmacist practitioner development towards competence and performance aligned with Stage 1 (Transition Level) of the Australian Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework and provides an important springboard to other professional development pathways, such as advanced practice recognition. This presentation would describe the implementation of Foundation Residencies at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and contrast it with the Residencies in the USA.