Board of Directors

Dr Stephen Carter, NSW (PSA)

Chair (2018-2020)

Stephen is a community and accredited pharmacist, researcher and academic. Stephen is a Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Board member and immediate Past President the NSW Branch committee. He has been accredited to perform medication review since program inception and represented PSA on the National Advisory Group for the AACP for five years. He has owned Milton Pharmacy on the south coast since 1990.   Stephen is a full-time lecturer in pharmacy practice at the University of Sydney. Prior to this he was a lecturer at the University of Canberra. Stephen’s research is centred on consumers’ experiences with medicines and how their thoughts feelings and behaviour can be modified to ensure the quality use of medicines. He has recently been investigating the role of medication management apps on adherence improvement. His research interests also aims to ensure that society makes the most use of pharmacists’ expertise in medication management services and how best to educate pharmacists to achieve this. He has recently published a text-book chapter dealing with the unique and expanding role of pharmacists, including medication management reviews, in the Australian Health System.   Stephen’s advocacy on behalf of the profession is notable, and recent highlights include ministerial meetings in regards to expanded roles for medication management pharmacies after hospital discharge and the role-out of the electronic recording of controlled drugs. Stephen aims to advocate on behalf of accredited pharmacists to ensure that the health system makes the best possible use of our unique skillset – as medication management experts.

Joseph O’Malley, TAS (Guild)

Immediate Past Chair (2016-2018)

Joe graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1999. After spending several years as a clinical pharmacist in the Victorian hospital system, he moved to Shepparton in regional Victoria. Together with his wife, they spent eight years managing and owning a large, shopping centre pharmacy before relocating to Ulverstone, in Northern Tasmania.   Joe is the Vice President of the Pharmacy Guild, Tasmanian Branch. He chairs the Developing Young Leaders Committee and is a member of the Information, Communication and Technology Committee. He is the current Co-Chair of CPRIA, The Guild’s Community Pharmacists’ for Rural and Indigenous Australia Advisory Group. He also represents Rural Pharmacists’ Australia at The National Rural Health Alliance, the peak national body for rural and remote health.

Toni Riley, VIC (Guild)

Toni has worked in various roles in community pharmacy for more 30 years, mainly in rural and regional areas of Queensland and Victoria and has been an accredited pharmacist since 1999, with a particular interest in the provision of medication review services to rural areas. Toni served as a Director on the AACP Board from 2006 to 2011, and as Chair in 2007 and was been a member of the Guild’s Community Pharmacy Agreement negotiation team for several years.   She is now the project manager of The National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Project and is keen to ensure that all accredited pharmacists have access to returning any unwanted medicines following an HMR, with the re-launch of the HMR bag and development of a protocol for the use of these HMR bags.

Marc Apolloni, SA (Guild)

Marc has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a graduate Diploma in Community Practice Pharmacy from the University of South Australia. He has worked extensively in community pharmacy since graduating in 1991, and has owned the Woodside Pharmacy since 1999.   Marc has been a branch committee member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (South Australia branch) since 2014 and is particularly interested in expanding the primary healthcare role of community pharmacy through the provision of professional services.   Accredited in 2006, Marc is currently undertaking study in Diabetes Education and Management at Flinders University, South Australia.   Marc is also participating in the 6CPA Pharmacy Trial Program Trance 2 Medication Reconciliation Proposal as a panellist, which entails community pharmacist-led medication reconciliation to inform the My Health Record, by collaboration of hospitals, GPs and other healthcare professionals. The proposed trial also has a focus on promoting and enhancing connectivity with the intent that it will ultimately deliver more integrated primary health care services, particularly between community pharmacy and General Practice.

Katie Hayes, TAS (Guild)

Katie graduated from the university of Tasmania in 2003. She has worked in several community pharmacies, and currently is the managing partner at Risdon Vale Pharmacy in Southern Tasmania. Katie has been an Accredited Pharmacist since 2010. During this time she has undertaken HMRs for her community pharmacy customers, as a contracted pharmacist for other community pharmacies, and through the direct referral process. Katie has also recently commenced undertaking RMMRs.   Katie is a member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Tasmania Branch committee, and is the Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Tasmania Branch.   Katie has an interest in professional services and is passionate about assisting people in her community to achieve optimal health. To assist with delivering this she has undertaken a Graduate Diploma in Wound Care and is an Asthma Educator. She also has a Master of Clinical Pharmacy and a Graduate Certificate of Applied Pharmacy Practice. Katie makes regular contributions to pharmacy publications such as Australian Pharmacist and inPHARMation.

Grant Kardachi, SA (PSA)

Grant has served as a Director on the AACP Board since 2005. He is a former National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. He was a community pharmacist owner for many years but sold his business interests several years ago. He is still accredited to undertake medication reviews.   Grant has always been heavily involved in the HMR program and made a significant contribution in the original implementation of this program.   As a community pharmacy owner, he always had a passion for professional services and practice change. He views practice change as an important foundation to integrate new initiatives into a pharmacy model that is sustainable and viable in the future.   Grant has always had a strong connection with the Aged Care sector and serviced a number of Aged Care facilities as a pharmacy owner. He has been a long serving member of the board of Southern Cross Care, a significant Aged Care provider in South Australia.

Sue Edwards, SA (PSA)

Accredited since 1998, Sue has worked in a wide range of pharmacy practice settings and professional capacities which have included research, teaching and service delivery in the hospital, primary care and residential aged care settings, and editorial work for the Australian Medicines Handbook. Sue currently provides RMMR and HMR services and is a key senior member of the DATIS team and is a member of the southern clinical council for the Adelaide Primary Health Network.   Sue has been involved with AACP since 1993 in a variety of roles including mentoring, assessing case studies and being a member of the NAG (2004 – 2009). In 2012 Sue was awarded the AACP Consultant Pharmacist of the Year. Sue is the president of the PSA SA/NT Branch committee and is Chair of the PSA Accredited pharmacist special interest group (APSIG).

Dr Shane Jackson, TAS (PSA)

Shane Jackson has a broad background as a pharmacist. Shane is a practicing community pharmacist, and owner of two rural community pharmacies in Tasmania. He also works as a Consultant Pharmacist within the home and aged care settings and is actively involved in delivering professional development programs to nurses in aged care.   He is a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the PSA, Chair of the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee, and is Deputy Chair of the APC’s Advanced Practice Credentialing Committee.  He is a ministerial appointment to the Pharmacy Trials Program, Trials Advisory Group. He has been credentialed as one of the first Advanced Practice Pharmacists in Australia. He is a Clinical Reference Lead with the Australian Digital Health Agency and is on the Clinical Advisory Council of Primary Health Tasmania.   He is an experienced educator who has been delivering presentations on multiple topics such as anticoagulation, therapeutics, and professional pharmacy practice programs for a number of years.