Dr Lisa Pont is a registered pharmacist and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. Prior to this she has worked at the University of Sydney and Central Coast Health. Lisa has a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology on Quality Use of Medicines from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands where she explored the development and validation of prescribing indicators for measuring quality of prescribing in general practice. Her main research area is drug utilization and medication safety in aged care. Internationally she is a Fellow and Board member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.. Lisa has a keen interest in all aspects of medication safety, quality improvement and pharmacoepidemiology.
The importance of research in driving high quality clinical pharmacy practice has long been recognized by SHPA. In the past while SHPA has supported research through the provision of funding via RADGAC, SHPA members identified at the 2014 and 2015 Future summits, the undertaking and supporting of strategic, translational research was a gap in SHPA core business.
Following this, the National Translational Research Collaborative (NTRC) was established earlier this year. The aim of the NTRC is to drive and support high quality research providing contemporary practice based evidence to inform QUM. In order to achieve this, a collaborative, cooperative, interdisciplinary research network will be established which aims to build and develop research skills, knowledge, capability and capacity among clinical pharmacists, technicians and the pharmacy profession; facilitate coordinated research to drive translation of research into practice and foster and engender a profession wide enthusiastic and passionate research culture. In this presentation, development of the NTRC to date and future directions will be discussed.