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.

Formulary development

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.

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


South Australian Formulary Committee Membership as at April 2024:

Chair - Dr Nicholas Farinola, Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Clinical Pharmacology Registrar - Dr Paul Fitzgerald, Clinical Pharmacology Registrar, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Clinical Pharmacology Registrar - Dr Irwin Kashani, Clinical Pharmacology Registrar, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Consumer Representative – Ms Tina Artis

Consumer Representative – Mr Stuart Bruce-Gordon

Executive Officer - Ms Lina Tran, Senior Pharmacist, SA Pharmacy

Health Economist - Dr Ruchi Mittal, Senior Health Economist, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide

Health Economist - Dr Laura Edney, Research Fellow (Health Economics), Flinders University

Medicines and Technology Programs - Ms Ashley Crawford, Director, Medicines and Technology Programs, Office of the Chief Pharmacist

Nurse/Midwifery/Nurse Practitioners - Ms Sharon Horn, Nurse Practitioner, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Nurse/Midwifery/Nurse Practitioners - Ms Paula Medway, Midwifery Director, Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Health and Wellbeing

Pharmacist - Ms Celine Chee, Specialist Pharmacist – Quality Use of Medicines, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Pharmacist - Mr Ray Skinner, Lead Pharmacist (SA Pharmacy) Yorke & Northern Local Health Network

SA Pharmacy, Statewide Formulary Portfolio Lead - Mr Richard Marotti, I/Executive Director of Pharmacy, SA Pharmacy

SA Pharmacy, Statewide Formulary Portfolio Lead - Ms Melissa Teo, A/Director of Pharmacy, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Senior Medical - Prof Arduino Mangoni, Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician, Flinders Medical Centre

Senior Medical - Dr Michelle Harris, Head of Acute Pain Service, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Senior Medical - Dr Angela Molga, Clinical Pharmacologist, Geriatrician, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Senior Medical - Dr Angela Rowland, Toxicology Fellow, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Women’s and Children’s - Ms Catherine Booth, Formulary Pharmacist, Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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) 7117 9810.