Anna McClure holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Masters in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of South Australia and has worked in hospital pharmacy throughout her career. In this time she has undertaken clinical pharmacy roles and, more recently, senior leadership positions in teaching hospitals in Adelaide.
Anna has recently been appointed as the Director of Pharmacy for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), a network of hospitals and health services that spans the centre of Adelaide and includes the newly established Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). Immediately prior to taking on this role, she was responsible for leading the transition of Pharmacy Services to the new RAH, including the implementation of automated systems for medication management.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy with first class honours and also a Master’s in Public Health (Primary Health Care). Ashley has worked in hospital pharmacy since 2009 in both clinical pharmacist positions and also undertaking a policy role with the South Australian Medicines Advisory Committee. Ashley was appointed as the Deputy Director for Dispensing and Distribution Services in 2014 at Flinders Medical Centre before taking up an opportunity to act as the Deputy Director at the Royal Adelaide Hospital during the transition to the new hospital. Ashley was an integral part of the implementation of in pharmacy robotics, developing workflows and supporting staff training during the move to the new facility. Ashley has recently been appointed as the Electronic Medication Management and Pharmacy Automation Lead for SA Pharmacy. This position will allow her to provide leadership and expertise in the areas of automated dispensing cabinets and in pharmacy automation. Over the coming months Ashley’s focus will be on the optimisation of the automated systems in place across the Royal Adelaide Hospital as well as the development and implementation of automation at future SA Pharmacy sites.
Lynette Loy is the Director of Pharmacy at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane where she has overseen the expansion of pharmacy services including a pharmacist prescribing pilot and clinical development of technician role since 2006. Also, Lynette and her team have secured over $1.5million in grants for projects such as implementation of a robotic dispensing system.
Lynette graduated from the University of Queensland in 1977. Since then she has had a diverse career including roles within both rural and metropolitan hospitals including Director of Pharmacy for Wynnum, Gladstone, Nambour, Redlands, and more recently the Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital. Lynette is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and had previously had tenure as an adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. She is also an AACP accredited Consultant Pharmacist. She is a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and a member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. In her current role she is an active member of local, statewide and national advisory and focus groups.
Ashlea has over ten years’ experience as a pharmacist in clinical and senior pharmacy management roles in metropolitan and regional hospitals.
Through this experience Ashlea has developed a contemporary understanding of medicines management and pharmacy operations in a variety of settings and patient populations.
She has been operationally responsible for dispensary, clinical and manufacturing services in her role as Deputy Director of Pharmacy of a regional base hospital and prior to that as a clinical pharmacist in trauma and neurosurgery, women’s health and neonatal intensive care.
Ashlea has experience in pharmacy service review and re-design, budget management, multi-disciplinary education and develop of policy and procedures.
Immediately prior to joining PharmConsult, Ashlea was a pharmacy manager with a large national private hospital pharmacy service provider with responsibilities for a state-wide pharmacy service.
Ashlea will draw on her recent experience to discuss the place of dose packaging machines in Australian health care.
Amanda Footit is the Director of Pharmacy at Cabrini Health. Cabrini Health is a Catholic not-for-profit healthcare service. Cabrini has 832 beds & a comprehensive range of healthcare services with a focus on patient care.
Amanda graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy & later trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
Amanda commenced at Cabrini Malvern in 1986 as a pharmacist in an outsourced retail pharmacy. In 2004, Amanda was appointed the Director of Pharmacy when Cabrini established its hospital pharmacy department. She is responsible for pharmacy services across all acute sites, including the palliative care site. She is passionate about safety & quality in medication management & integrating pharmacy services within a multidisciplinary environment in order to optimise patient care whilst ensuring productivity & efficiencies of resources.
Maryanne Molenaar is the pharmacist responsible for the strategic leadership and direction for the Eastern Health Pharmacy Department’s Information and Communications Technology Systems. These systems include Electronic Medication Management (EMM), Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs), and the Pharmacy software (Merlin) and hardware.
In 2014, Maryanne oversaw the implementation of ADCs into the new Box Hill Hospital Emergency Department and in 2016 into Yarra Ranges Health Day Oncology and Theatres. Implementation involved revising medication policies and procedures, in consultation with stakeholders, assisting in managing integration between systems, setting up databases, training users and overseeing the transition to maintenance. As the ADC System Administrator, Maryanne is responsible for overseeing the ADC databases, running reports, liaising with ward super users, training Pharmacy staff and ED super users, and communicating with the vendor. And making sure the ADCs are being treated well.
Previously, Maryanne was the Chair of the SHPA Electronic Medication Management Committee of Speciality Practice (EMM COSP) and is currently a member of the SHPA Electronic Medication Management Leadership Committee. Other previous roles include HealthSMART Clinical Systems Support Pharmacist, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Western Hospital and Director of Pharmacy, Bendigo Health Care Group.
Senthil is the Director of Pharmacy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in Melbourne. Prior to this Senthil held roles of Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Senior Pharmacist Quality Use of Medicines and a number of senior clinical pharmacist roles. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a leading global integrated cancer research, treatment and education centre. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a leader in the automated systems area as it was the first pharmacy department in Australia to install a robotic compounding system which complimented the automated dispensing system which the Pharmacy Department had in place. The robotic compounding system is used to prepare various chemotherapy preparations.
Michael founded PharmConsult in 2004. Since that time, he has conducted reviews of public and private hospital pharmacy services, hospital medicine management processes, medicine-related activities at a variety of healthcare facilities, provided specialist advice to state and Federal health departments, conducted market research, and managed request for tender processes including for pharmacy automation systems. Michael has participated in practice research related to medicine management processes and pharmacy services, and published research and opinion related to medicine use, technologies and pharmacy services.
Michael’s previous experience includes as a director of pharmacy in public and private hospitals, the manager of the hospital pharmacy business of a national hospital wholesaler, and as a Federal Councillor and chairman of a number of national committees of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.
Michael is a recipient of the SHPA Medal of Merit (which is awarded for ‘outstanding service to Australian hospital pharmacy’).
Michael’s interest in automated pharmacy systems began in the mid-1990s and has developed since. He undertook a study tour in Europe in 2017 of hospitals which have implemented pharmacy-based automated dispensing systems.
Andrew has over 40 year experience in Strategic Business Optimisation and performance improvement leadership ranging from the design and implementation of materials handling, logistics and supply chain solutions to the introduction of business performance improvement frameworks and methodologies and technology innovations.
He has developed a clear understanding of the application of proven leadership thinking and methodologies and technical solutions that work and what doesn’t. An element of this experience is the importance of assisting leaders and their people to see and understand their unique end-to-end value chain that delivers their offer and value to customers; focussing on the opportunities to improve.
He has proven experience in delivering operational performance improvement in service, manufacturing, health and supply chains – as a practical, hands-on leader of innovation and change. In the health industry with Monash and Austin Hospitals, Cabrini and St John of God, DHS Diabetes Patient Journey, HPV 10ml Syringe SC, Calvary ACT Cancer Patient Journey, Carrington Community Health, Cancer chemotherapy treatment, Nepean Health Pharmacy .
In 2010, Andrew was given a Supply Chain Professional Award (SC Person of the Year) by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) for his exceptional performance.
David’s business life has encompassed the field of marketing and communications,
including many years in both the Melbourne and London offices of global communications consultancy Rogen International, and as a Director on Rogen’s Worldwide Board.
In this position, he worked with people consulting on many and various face-to-face communication disciplines including –
• Presentation, negotiation, sales and other business development skills
• Planning and execution of specific and strategically critical business pitches
• Facilitating meetings and conferences to ensure more effective outcomes
• Consulting on other high stakes communication issues, including leadership communication and important stakeholder business presentations.
He now works as an independent communications consultant where he spends the majority of his time consulting on new business development and high stakes business pitches across the AsiaPac area.
He also continues to work with many senior executives as a personal communications coach and has been retained by a number of organisations as an ongoing consultant on all of their face-to-face communication issues.
Judith has worked in healthcare for 22 years, both in the private and public sector. She is responsible for the leadership of Calvary’s 11 private hospitals. Previously Judith was the CFO/CIO at Cabrini Health for 11 years and in this role was involved in the assessment of businesses cases and funding applications for new technologies including investment in robotics and automated systems. For the for the last two years at Cabrini Health Judith was also Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that Judith was the Director of Finance and Administration at St Andrew’s Hospital in Adelaide, and worked in various roles at Faulding Healthcare, Flinders Medical Centre and Ashford Community Hospital.
Judith is committed and passionate about the provision of quality healthcare in Australia. She has a keen interest in patient safety and quality, clinical risk management and patient experience. She has been a member of the relevant Board Sub-Committees responsible for the governance of these areas throughout her career.
Judith is a Certified Practising Accountant, has a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
A Registered Nurse with post graduate critical care qualifications and a broad range of clinical and management experience in both the public and private sectors in Australia. He is a business graduate from RMIT University and is currently completing post graduate studies in Health Informatics through the University of Illinios at Chicago.
Ten years ago he became involved in leading health information technology projects and has been managed the implementation of clinical and management systems in acute and sub-acute healthcare settings. These applications include medical oncology information system (CHARM), electronic medications management (MedChart) and pharmacy system upgrade (iPharmacy). Peter has also been involved in the piloting of medication automated dispensing cabinets.
Rosina has been with PharmConsult since 2007 and in that time has assumed both lead and support roles in a broad range of projects for clients from all health care sectors. This has provided opportunity to apply a practical understanding of pharmacy and medicine use (derived from extensive experience as a pharmacist in the community, public and private hospital settings) whilst developing expertise in service areas such as managing requests for proposals and tenders, pharmacy service reviews and service optimisation, contract compliance monitoring, evaluation of service model options, medicines funding and access, and prison healthcare and pharmacy services.
As a consultant with an established body of work managing requests for tender (on behalf of clients) for products, systems and services, where she has been responsible for developing specifications, preparing tender documentation and contracts, and facilitating response evaluation, Rosina will draw on this experience to discuss writing specifications and tender documents for automated systems and assessing responses to tenders of this nature.
Dr Greg Weeks is Director of Pharmacy Barwon Health with responsibility for pharmacy services covering the University Hospital Geelong, McKellar Centre and a private hospital in Geelong. Greg holds a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacy and a Master of Health Administration. His PhD centred on advanced hospital pharmacist practice roles incorporating non-medical prescribing. Greg holds an appointment at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety Monash University and is involved in collaborative research in the areas of pharmacist led smoking cessation, pharmacist roles in community palliative care, pharmacist roles an ambulatory hepatitis C clinic and pharmacist medication charting for admitted patients. His interest in pharmacy automation stems from site visits to the UK more than a decade ago.