South Australian Formulary Committee (SAFC)

The South Australian Formulary Committee (SAFC) was established October 2012 with the mission to develop and maintain the South Australian Medicines Formulary (SAMF). A statewide approach will optimise the quality use of medicines, improve and promote equity of access to medicines for patients and increase the cost-effectiveness of medicine use across SA Health.

Operating as a subcommittee of South Australian Medicines Advisory committee (SAMAC), the SAFC has a diverse range of expert membership across all Local Health Networks. Expertise includes a broad range of medical specialities, pharmacy, nursing, economic/epidemiological expertise and a consumer advocate.

SAFC will consider all medicines used and proposed for use within SA public hospitals and health services within therapeutic classes to determine a core list of medicines suitable for use across SA Health.

During formulary development and maintenance the SAFC will undertake consultation with key clinical stakeholders including Drug and Therapeutic Committees (DTCs), and key specialists or experts in the field. SAFC will work closely with the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) implementation team to ensure that clinicians are supported to prescribe according to the formulary and optimise consistency of approach across the state.

High cost medicines will continue to be evaluated by SA Medicines Evaluation Panel (SAMEP).

Further information

For further information or any enquiries relating to formulary applications or processes please contact the SAFC Executive Officer by email or phone (08) 8204 8998.


South Australian Formulary Committee Membership at May 2018

Representative area Name Job title


Dr Tilenka Thynne

Clinical Pharmacologist, Flinders Medical Centre

Medicines and Technology Programs and Out of Hospital Services

Ms Naomi Burgess

Director, Medicines and Technology Programs (MTP) and Out of Hospital Pharmacy Services, SA Health


Ms Celine Chee

Specialist Pharmacist – Quality Use of Medicines, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

SA Pharmacy, Statewide Formulary Portfolio Lead

Mr Vaughn Eaton

Director of Pharmacy, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pharmacy

Senior Medical

Dr Nicolas Farinola

Clinical Pharmacologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Senior Medical

Dr Sally Johns

Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Nurse/Midwifery/Nurse Practitioners

Ms Paula Larsen

Nurse Practitioner, Northern Mental Health Service

Senior Medical

Dr John Maddison

Medical Co-Director, Aged Care, Rehabilitation & Palliative Care, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network


Ms Anna McClure

Director of Pharmacy, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pharmacy

Junior Medical

Dr Angela Molga

Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Health Economist

A/Prof John Moss

Associate Professor, School of Population Health, University of Adelaide

Nurse/Midwifery/Nurse Practitioners

Mrs June Montgomery

Emergency Nurse Practitioner, South Adelaide Local Health Network

Women’s and Children’s

Ms Usha Ritchie

Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Junior Medical

Dr Jessica Gehlert

Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders Medical Centre


Mr Ray Skinner

Chief Pharmacist, Port Pirie Hospital

Consumer Representative

Mrs Lynda Whiteway

Consumer Representative

Executive Officer

Ms Lisa Robertson

Senior Pharmacist, SA Pharmacy


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