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South Australian Medicines Advisory Committee (SAMAC) TOR: Assessment of quality medicine use, clinical value, safety and cost effectiveness.
The South Australian Medicines Advisory Committee (SAMAC) was established in July 2010 as an expert committee of the SA Department for Health and Wellbeing to encourage the appropriate, equitable, safe and cost-effective use of medicines in SA.
SAMAC provides a resource for SA Health, South Australian hospitals and healthcare professionals in the delivery of advice on the equitable and quality use of medicines in SA to provide all South Australians with access to quality, safe, complete and affordable health care.
The role of SAMAC includes:
Chaired by Professor Randall Faull, SAMAC is composed of representatives covering the spectrum of health disciplines across the public and private sectors and other bodies with an interest in the use of medicines. See below for a full listing of members.
Chair SAMAC Professor Randall Faull Senior Consultant in Nephrology, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Regional Local Health Networks
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Chief Medical Officer, SA Health, Dr Michael Cusack
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, SA Health, Adj Assoc Prof Jennifer Hurley
Chief Pharmacist, SA Health, Ms Naomi Burgess
Deputy Chief Pharmacist, SA Health, Vaughn Eaton
SA Pharmacy Executive Director, SA Health, Ms Anna McClure
Community Pharmacy Representative, Mr Grant Kardachi, Pharmacy/Accredited Pharmacist & Past President, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)
Hospital Pharmacy Representative, Ms Anita Abarno, Director of Pharmacy Services, CALHN, SA Pharmacy
General Practice / Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Representative, Professor Nigel Stocks Head of Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide
Private Hospitals Representatives, Ms Jacquie Wiley, Chair, Private Hospital Directors of Nursing Group, Director of Nursing & Clinical Services, St Andrew’s Hospital
Consumer Representative, Ms Lynda Whiteway
SA expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (SAAGAR), Chair, Dr Morgyn Warner Consultant Physician, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, SA Pathology, CALHN (TQEH & Royal Adelaide Hospital)
SA Health Cancer Drug Committee (SAHCDC), Chair, Dr Ganessan Kichenadasse, Medical Oncologist, SALHN, Lead, Statewide Cancer Clinical Network
South Australian Formulary Committee (SAFC), Chair, Dr Nicholas Farinola, Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital
South Australian Medicines Evaluation Panel (SAMEP), Chair, Dr Tilenka Thynne, Clinical Pharmacologist, Endocrinologist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
South Australian Medication Safety Advisory Group (SAMSAG), Chair, Ms Naomi Burgess, Chief Pharmacist, SA Health
SA Psychotropic Drugs Committee (SAPDC), Chair, Dr John Brayley, Chief Psychiatrist, SA Health
Executive Officer Rachael Cheh, Senior Pharmacist, Medicines & Technology Programs, SA Health
SAMAC is supported by multidisciplinary expert standing committees and working groups to address specific medicines issues. These committees will provide stakeholders with opportunities for robust discussion, debate, and evaluation of medicines issues. Current SAMAC sub-committees include:
SAMAC welcomes communication regarding SAMAC initiatives and issues affecting medicines and medicines use across South Australia, particularly issues relevant to SA Health. For further information about SAMAC please contact the SAMAC Executive Officer by email or phone (08) 8204 1941.