South Australian Medicines Advisory Committee (SAMAC)
The South Australian Medicines Advisory Committee (SAMAC) was established in July 2010 as an expert committee of the SA Department for Health and Ageing 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:
- Promoting consistency in the development of guidelines and strategies relating to the use of medicines within South Australia.
- Providing an objective evaluation of the clinical benefits, safety and costs of medicines that are proposed for use in public health facilities to promote rational therapeutic drug use.
- Undertaking activities relating to the monitoring of medicines use to ensure best practice.
- Dissemination of medicines advice to the community, enabling consumers to make informed decisions on the use of medicines.
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.
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.
|Representative area||Name||Job title and area|
|Chair SAMAC||Professor Randall Faull||Senior Consultant in Nephrology, Royal Adelaide Hospital|
|Central Adelaide Local Health Network||Vacant|
|Associate Professor Mary White||Senior Consultant in Intensive Care, Royal Adelaide Hospital|
|Country Health SA Local Health Network||Ms Jenny Pink||Director of Pharmacy Services, Country Health SA LHN, SA Pharmacy|
|Dr Hendrika Meyer||Executive Director of Medical Services Country Health SA LHN|
|Northern Adelaide Local Health Network||Dr Sally Johns||Staff Specialisy Geriatrician, Northern Adelaide Geriatrics Service (Chair NALHN DTC)|
|Mr Richard Marotti||Director of Pharmacy Services, Northern Adelaide LHN, SA Pharmacy|
|Southern Adelaide Local Health Network||Mr Vaughn Eaton||Director of Pharmacy Services, Southern Adelaide LHN, SA Pharmacy|
|Dr Stephen Hedger||Director General Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre (Chair SALHNDTC)|
|Women’s and Children’s Health Service||Dr Chris Pearson||Paediatrician, Department of General Medicine, Women’s & Children’s Hospital (Chair WCHN DTC)|
|Mr Sean Turner||Director of Pharmacy Services, Women’s & Children’s Health Network, SA Pharmacy|
|Chief Medical Officer, SA Health||Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier||Acting Chief Medical Officer, SA Health|
|Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, SA Health (nominee)||Ms Elisa Gardiner||Nursing Program Director, Nursing and Midwifery Office, SA Health|
|Mr Scott King||Nursing Program Director, Nursing and Midwifery Office, SA Health|
|Director, Medicines and Technology Programs, SA Health||Ms Naomi Burgess||Interim Chief Pharmacist / Director, Medicines and Technology Programs, SA Health|
|Community Pharmacy||Mr Grant Kardachi||Pharmacy/Accredited Pharmacist & Past President, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)|
|Hospital Pharmacy||Ms Anna McClure||Director of Pharmacy Services, Central Adelaide LHN, SA Pharmacy|
|General Practice / Royal Australian College of General Practitioners||Professor Nigel Stocks||Head of Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide|
|Consumer||Ms Allison Willis||
Representative, Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia
|Chair, SA expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (SAAGAR)||Dr Morgyn Warner||Consultant Physician, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, SA Pathology, CALHN (TQEH & Royal Adelaide Hospital)|
|Chair, South Australian Formulary Committee (SAFC)||Dr Nicholas Farinola||Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital|
|Chair, South Australian Medicines Evaluation Panel (SAMEP)||Professor Catherine Hill||Staff Specialist Rheumatology Unit, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital|
|Chair, South Australian Medication Safety Advisory Group(SAMSAG)||Ms Naomi Burgess||
Interim Chief Pharmacist / Director, Medicines and Technology Programs, SA Health
|Chair, SA Psychotropic Drugs Committee (SAPDC)||Dr John Brayley||Chief Psychiatrist, SA Health|
|Adelaide Primary Health Network||Ms Deb Lee||Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Primary Health Network|
|Pharmacology and Medicines Policy||Emeritus Professor Felix Bochner||Clinical Pharmacology, Royal Adelaide Hospital|
|Executive Officer||Ms Rachael Cheh||Senior Pharmacist, Medicines & Technology Programs, SA Health|
SAMAC sub-committees and working groups
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:
- SA expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (SAAGAR)
- SA Formulary Committee (SAFC)
- SA Medicines Evaluation Panel (SAMEP)
- SA Medication Safety Advisory Group (SAMSAG)
- SA Cancer Drugs Committee (SACDC)
- SA Psychotropic Drugs Committee (SAPDC)