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The terms and reference for the South Australian Formulary Committee
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 SA Health eHealth team to ensure that clinicians are supported to prescribe according to the formulary and optimise consistency of approach across the state.
South Australian Formulary Committee Membership as at June 2022:
Chair - Dr Nicholas Farinola, Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Junior Medical - Dr Joshua Inglis, Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders Medical Centre
Women's and Children's HN - Ms Catherine Booth, Formulary Pharmacist, Women's and Children's Health Network
Medicines and Technology Programs - Director, Medicines and Technology Programs (MTP), SA Health
Pharmacist - Ms Celine Chee, Specialist Pharmacist – Quality Use of Medicines, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Senior Medical - Dr Alex Choo, Geriatrician, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Nurse/Midwifery/Nurse Practitioners - Ms Sharon Horn, Nurse Practitioner, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
SA Pharmacy, Statewide Procurement & Formulary Portfolio Lead - Mr Vaughn Eaton, Director of Pharmacy, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pharmacy
Senior Medical - Dr Caroline Lake, Consultant Anaesthetist, Flinders Medical Centre
Senior Medical - Dr Angela Molga, Clinical Pharmacologist, Geriatrician, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Pharmacist - Mr Ray Skinner, Lead Pharmacist (SA Pharmacy) Yorke & Northern Local Health Network
Consumer Representative - Ms Lynda Whiteway
Executive Officer - Ms Lina Tran, Senior Pharmacist, SA Pharmacy
For further information or any enquiries relating to formulary applications or processes please contact the SAFC Executive Officer by email Health.SAFC@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8204 8998.