Standards of Practice (Practitioners)

SHPA's Standards of Practice series is widely utilised and well-referenced by pharmacists and health professionals seeking guidance on the delivery of clinical, operational and specialty hospital pharmacy services. The series draws on the collective expertise of SHPA members across all areas of practice, and is written by the respective Specialty Practice Leadership Committees or a dedicated Working Group. 

SHPA is undertaking a comprehensive review and expansion of the series with enhancements relevant to current practice. Members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on draft Standards during advertised consultation periods. Both the new and revised Standards will be published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR), and on our website, available as a member benefit. For more information about the Standards contact the Specialty Practice team via specialtypractice@shpa.org.au.


Standard of Practice consultations NOW OPEN for member feedback 

Standard of Practice in Palliative Care for Pharmacy Services 

SHPA invites members to review the draft Standard of Practice in Palliative Care for Pharmacy Services and provide feedback. 

Consultation closes 11.59pm AEDT Sunday 27 November.

Review draft PALLIATIVE CARE Standard and submit feedback →


Standard of Practice in Mental Health for Pharmacy Services 

SHPA invites members to review the draft Standard of Practice in Mental Health for Pharmacy Services and provide feedback. 

Consultation closes 11.59pm AEDT Sunday 4 December 2022.

Review draft MENTAL HEALTH Standard and submit feedback →


Standards of Practice

All Standards reference and rely upon the SHPA Standards of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services as the foremost Standard. For operational and specialty standards see the description next to the Specialty Practice group for an update on their respective Standard. 

Cardiology: New standard of Practice (2021). JPPR 2021; 51, 511–535. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jppr.1795.


Clinical Pharmacy Services: New My Health Record (MHR) chapter → New chapter (2021). JPPR 2021; 51(6): 536–551. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1774


Clinical Trials: New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50: 429–444. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1676


Compounding Services: Work has commenced on a new standard of practice to replace the current SHPA Guidelines for Medicines Prepared in Australian Hospital Pharmacy Departments [2010]. The 2010 current standard is available to SHPA members on request.


Critical Care: New standard of Practice (2021) JPPR 2021; 51: 165–183. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1718


Dispensing and Distribution: New Standard of Practice (2021). JPPR 2021; 51(6): 511–535. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1785


Emergency Medicine: New Standard of Practice (2019). JPPR 2019; 49(6): 570–584. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1627


General Medicine: New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50, 356–365. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1672


Geriatric Medicine: New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50(1), 82–97. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1636


Infectious Diseases: New standard of Practice (2021) JPPR 2021; 51: 247–64. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jppr.1744


Medication Safety: Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medication Safety [2012]. The 2012 standard is available to SHPA members on request).


Medicines Information: Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medicines Information Services [2013]. The 2013 standard is available to SHPA members on request).


Mental Health: Work has commenced on a new standard of practice to replace the current Standards of Practice for Mental Health Pharmacy [2012]. The current standard is available to SHPA members on request.


Nephrology: New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50(3), 263–275. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1649


Oncology and Haematology: New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50: 528–45. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1686

Oncology and Haematology, and Compounding Services: Work has commenced on a new guideline to replace the SHPA Standards of Practice for the Transportation of Cytotoxic Drugs from Pharmacy Departments [2007] and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs in Pharmacy Departments [2005]. The 2007 and 2005 Standards are available to SHPA members on request.


Paediatrics and Neonatology**New Standard planned**


Pain Management: New Standard of Practice (2019). JPPR 2019; 49(3): 270–284. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1550 


Palliative Care: Work has commenced on a new standard of practice to replace the current SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Palliative Care Services [2006]. The current standard is available to SHPA members on request.


Surgery and Perioperative Medicine: New standard of Practice (2022). JPPR 2022;  52(2): 139–158. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1805


Technicians: The Standard of Practice for the Utilisation of Pharmacy Technicians has been approved. For other resources and supporting documentation visit the Tech and Assistants Interest Group (member access only).


Transitions of care and Primary Care: **New standard in development**


Women's and Newborn Health: **New Standard planned**


Guidelines

SHPA's guidelines provide practical advice for pharmacy services that may be covered by multiple specialties. Similar to the Standards of Practice series, we are undertaking a review of past Guidelines and updating them to relect current practices. A similar consultation process will apply. For more information about Guidelines, contact the Specialty Practice team via specialtypractice@shpa.org.au. See the description next to the Specialty Practice groups for an update on any respective Guidelines. 

  • Medication SafetyMedicines Use Evaluation Guideline – Revised Guideline, JPPR 2020; 50(2) 166–179. The new Guideline refreshes and merges two documents: the previous Drug Usage Evaluation Standard (2004) and the SHPA publication Australian Drug Use Evaluation Starter Kit (1998).
     
  • Oncology and Haematology, and Compounding Services: Handling and Transport of Cytotoxics Guideline planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Transportation of Cytotoxic Drugs from Pharmacy Departments [2007] and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs in Pharmacy Departments [2005]. The 2005 and 2007 standards are available to SHPA members on request).
     
  • Geriatric Medicine: Self-Administration of Medications in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities Guideline planned (replacing SHPA Guidelines for Self-Administration of Medication in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities [2002]. The 2002 guideline is available to SHPA members on request).

Quick Guides

SHPA Clinical Pharmacy Quick Guide e-book including:

  • Assessment of current medication management
  • Clinical review, therapeutic druc monitoring (TDM) and adverse drug reactions (ADR)
  • Documenting clinical activities
  • Facilitating the continuity of medication management on transition between care settings
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Prioritising day-to-day workload

Non-member access

Non-members can access SHPA Standards of Practice via the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.