LSMO-02 - Lunch break symposium: SA Pharmacy: Elevating pharmacy practice in South Australia

Organised by SA Pharmacy


SA Pharmacy provides clinically led, cost-efficient, professional pharmacy services to 21 of South Australia’s public metropolitan and regional hospitals and outreach sites. The scope of services extends to out of hospital services including the SA Ambulance Service, SA Prison Health Services and Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA).

SA Pharmacy provides the following services:

  • Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Medicines Distribution and Supply
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Services and Quality Control
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Medication Governance
  • Medicines Information
  • Teaching, Training and Research

Our vision is to delivery best care for South Australians through quality use of medicines. With more than 600 full-time equivalents (FTEs) and 750 staff members consisting of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistants, Pharmacy Interns, Medical Scientists, we work together to deliver safe, effective, and innovative pharmacy services to improve the health outcomes of South Australians.  

SA Pharmacy is not just a service; it’s a commitment to accessibility, quality, and personalised care. By leveraging the use of digital health and a vast network of dedicated professionals, we provide seamless and efficient pharmaceutical services across South Australia. This means bringing essential medications and healthcare support closer to those who need it. We do this through building a contemporary, flexible and sustainable workforce aimed at building the capacity of our teams to meet evolving needs of our patients across our metropolitan and regional sites


13:00 – 13:20  SA Pharmacy: Our story
Ms Sally Marotti, Lead pharmacist – Experiential Learning, Training and Research, SA Pharmacy, Australia
13:20 – 13:40  Beyond the city lights: Healthcare in regional South Australia
Ms Karen Macolino, Director of pharmacy – Regional Services, SA Pharmacy, Australia
13:40 – 13:50  Empowering Allied Health Assistants (AHAs): Building a strong workforce
Ms Tricia Holmes, Senior pharmacy technician – Service Coordinator, SA Pharmacy, Australia
13:50 – 14:00  Charting new horizons: Your path to exciting opportunities with SA Pharmacy
Ms Sally Marotti, Lead pharmacist – Experiential Learning, Training and Research, SA Pharmacy, Australia

Take home messages

The session will provide an insight into the unique nature of SA Pharmacy and discusses how it aligns with the evolving landscape of pharmacy practice, showcasing the exciting opportunities and its significant contribution to the health and well-being of South Australians.