Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson Executive Director, Statewide Pharmacy, DHHS, Tas

MM2016 Workshop Facilitator

Tom Simpson is responsible for managing all pharmacy services within the Tasmanian public hospital system. In this role he has led a significant growth in pharmacy services and improvements in medication safety statewide. He has led the implementation of Pharmaceutical Reform across the state’s hospitals, as well as the growth of specialty services outside the capital city. He has overseen a number of initiatives, including the statewide adoption of Antimicrobial Stewardship and associated e-health tools; a novel smartphone-based statewide hospital formulary; the implementation of pharmacy robotics; and a range of specialist pharmacy services.
Throughout his career he participated in the development of business cases and the implementation of initiatives in a range of positions, including:

• Chief Clinical Information Officer for Tasmania, undertaking the development of the State’s eHealth strategy
• Director of Strategy, Planning, and Performance for the Southern Tasmanian Area Health Service, in which he successfully developed the business case that lead to significant State and Commonwealth investment in cancer facilities.
• Project Advisor with the Department of Health and Human Services, in which he successfully developed the State’s business case for the acquisition of a PET scanner and associated services.
• Director of eHealth for the Royal Hobart Hospital, in which he successfully developed the business case for a Digital Medical Record system that is now used statewide.

Tom is also Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy with the University of Tasmania.

Workshop: From Concept to Reality, the Art and Science of the Business Case

Friday 18 November, 1645-1800

Do you have a great idea for developing a new pharmacy service and want to learn how to make it see the light of day? Perhaps your multiple attempts to convince “the powers that be” that your initiative is worthy of investment have been unsuccessful? Discover that there is more to a successful business case than meets the eye during this valuable workshop.
Our experienced and inspiring facilitators will delve into the art of the pitch, a critical element to maximising your chances of success, as well as providing insight into the work underway to develop a business case toolkit, a concept cultivated during the SHPA Future Summit held in July this year. The session will also give delegates the unique opportunity to workshop a pitch, culminating in several groups having the opportunity to present in a “Shark-Tank” style to our experienced facilitators.