The Accreditation Committee is an operational committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). 

The Committee makes accreditation decisions in line with the Board's policies.

Tasks

The Accreditation Committee:

  • decides on and monitors the accreditation of education providers and continuing professional development (CPD) accrediting organisations
  • works with our Examination Team and Moderation Group on examination issues

The Committee does not replace stakeholder consultation.

2021 meeting dates

  • 30 March 2021
  • 15 June 2021
  • 17 August 2021
  • 26 October 2021
  • 7 December 2021

2022 meeting dates

  • 29 March 2022
  • 21 June 2022
  • 16 August 2022
  • 25 October 2022
  • 13 December 2022

The deadline for submitting information to be presented to the Committee is several weeks prior to the meeting. Please contact our accreditation team for specific details.

Members

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) appoints committee members, based on strict selection criteria.

Members include experts from pharmacy, academia and the community.

  • Professor Nick Shaw (Chair)
  • Professor Timothy Chen
  • Professor Rhonda Clifford
  • Dr Marg Gatling
  • Ms Karalyn Huxhagen
  • Ms Jayne Lehmann
  • Professor Lisa Pont
  • Ms Adele Print
  • Dr Erica Sainsbury
  • Dr Fiona Tito Wheatland
  • Associate Professor Maree Toombs

Committee By-Law

The Accreditation Committee (AC) is an operational committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) that reports to the CEO. It is charged with making decisions on accreditation matters for the APC.

The AC has responsibility for accreditation decisions in accordance with policies set by the Board.

The AC’s structure draws upon relevant expertise across the pharmacy profession, academia and the community to enable the AC to make decisions that are robust and defensible.

The AC is not intended to take the place of any stakeholder consultation required as part of the accreditation functions of the APC.

Formal external communication with the PharmBA, PCNZ, education providers and CPD accrediting organisations relating to accreditation and examination matters will be released by us under the signature of the Executive Director Professional Services.

This By-Law, as per Section 24 of the APC Constitution, sets out the objectives and role of the AC. In the event of any inconsistency between the APC Constitution and this By-Law, the APC Constitution prevails.

The purpose of the AC is to:

  • Decide and monitor the accreditation of Australian pharmacy degree programs, Intern Training Programs (ITPs) and Continuing Professional Development accrediting organisations against the relevant Accreditation Standards
  • In accordance with contractual agreement between PCNZ and APC, decide and monitor the accreditation of New Zealand pharmacy programs and providers against the relevant Accreditation Standards and make recommendations regarding accreditation to PCNZ for consideration
  • Work closely with the APC Examinations Team in the identification of examination issues of mutual or strategic interest
  • Undertake any other tasks referred to it by the CEO

The AC is a skills-based operational committee, and the members of the committee will be appointed by the CEO following a selection process. Appointments are for a three-year term and each person will be eligible for three three-year terms.

A skills matrix setting out the attributes and competencies required for each member is attached in Appendix A. Members of the AC may also be APC Directors.

The Chair will be appointed by the Board in accordance with the skills, experience and terms described in this By-Law. The Chair will not be an APC Board Director.

The Deputy Chair will be appointed by the CEO following a nomination and voting process within the AC. The Deputy Chair will be an individual who has been appointed to the AC in either positions 2, 3 or 4. The Deputy Chair acts in the role of Chair if the Chair is unable to fulfil their responsibilities. This may be due to absence (for a full meeting) or conflict with a specific agenda item during a meeting.

The AC shall be comprised of up to eleven individuals, at least one of whom will be an APC Director, including:

  1. One pharmacy academic with extensive experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand who will act as Chair of the committee
  2. One pharmacy academic with experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand, particularly in the area of curriculum design and assessment methods
  3. Two pharmacy academics with experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand, particularly in the area of pharmacy competency standards and assessment, and clinical education and training
  4. One pharmacy educator with experience in intern training program design and/or delivery in Australia or New Zealand
  5. One practising pharmacist with experience in hospital pharmacy and clinical education
  6. One practising pharmacist with experience in community pharmacy and the supervision of intern pharmacists
  7. One member who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with cultural capacity and demonstrated connection to country and community
  8. One member with expertise in interprofessional learning, assessment or accreditation from a non-pharmacy profession
  9. Up to two community representative members

A quorum at every meeting shall be formed by seven members of the committee, one of whom must be the Chair or Deputy Chair.

AC members are expected to undertake their responsibilities:

  • In good faith
  • With care and diligence, and
  • With an awareness of actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest

AC members are expected to:

  • Review and carefully consider agenda papers and other information provided to them so as to make informed decisions
  • Contribute actively to discussions and decision-making
  • Abide by the policies of the APC, including the Conflict of Interest Policy and the Code of Conduct
  • Sign the APC Confidentiality Agreement
  • Keep themselves informed of trends, issues and developments within the pharmacy profession and higher educational and assessment sectors

To assist AC members in their duties, the APC will:

  • Provide agenda papers to members with adequate time for reading and reflection
  • Provide additional information if requested
  • Provide training and induct members into APC processes and structures
  • Provide venues and/or videoconferencing facilities as and when required
  • Provide a sitting fee
  • Cover transport and accommodation costs as required
  • Vacant positions on the AC will be advertised publicly
  • A selection panel will be appointed by the CEO
  • The selection panel may interview shortlisted candidates and make recommendations for appointment to the CEO
  • The Chair or members can be appointed for a maximum of three terms (consecutive or non-consecutive) and the duration of each term will be a maximum of three years
  • The appointment of Deputy Chair will be for a three-year period

The AC will meet up to six times a year.

At least two of these meetings will be face to face meetings. The remainder will be by via videoconference (or other technology-enhanced platform).

Additional meetings will be held by teleconference (or other technology-enhanced platform) should circumstances require.

Decisions can also be made by the AC via the APC Email Resolution Policy.

Papers will be distributed electronically in advance of each meeting.

The AC will conduct its affairs under the By-Law, and according to policies and guidelines approved by the Board.

Any decision to revoke accreditation of a provider must be referred to the Board for review and decision.

Any decision regarding accreditation of an international program must be made by the Board.

Upon receipt of a decision regarding accreditation from the AC, the Board may request that the committee give further consideration to any relevant matters.

The Board will advise the PharmBA of accreditation decisions and the PCNZ of accreditation recommendations within New Zealand.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Code of Conduct for Committee Members

One pharmacy academic with extensive experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand who will act as Chair of the committee

Skills and attributes relevant for this position include:

  1. Extensive and demonstrable experience in a leadership role of an Australian or New Zealand pharmacy program
  2. Proven experience and knowledge of university academic committee and board processes and structures
  3. Substantial experience and knowledge of university administrative processes and structures
  4. Experience in chairing committees, panels or boards in the academic, educational or not-for-profit sectors
  5. Extensive knowledge of committee process and procedures
  6. Ability to synthesise complex information and build consensus in a group setting

One pharmacy academic with experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand, particularly in the area of curriculum design and assessment methods

Skills and attributes relevant for this position include:

  1. Substantial experience as a university pharmacy academic
  2. Proven experience with and knowledge of university curriculum design and implementation
  3. Experience serving on a university Teaching and Learning Committee (or equivalent)
  4. Proven experience with, and knowledge, of assessment methodology and moderation
  5. Experience on decision-making committees
  6. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

Two pharmacy academics with experience in tertiary pharmacy education in Australia or New Zealand, particularly in the area of pharmacy competency standards and assessment, and clinical education and training

Skills and attributes relevant for this position include:

  1. Substantial experience as a university pharmacy academic
  2. Proven experience with and knowledge of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia or New Zealand
  3. Proven experience and knowledge of the processes, assessments and structures of experiential learning and workplace training
  4. Experience on decision-making committees
  5. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

One pharmacy educator with experience in intern training program design and/or delivery in Australia or New Zealand

Skills and attributes relevant for this position include:

  1. Substantial experience in intern training program design and/or delivery
  2. Proven experience with and knowledge of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia or New Zealand
  3. Proven experience and knowledge of the processes, assessments and structures of intern training programs and supervised practice requirements
  4. Experience on decision-making committees
  5. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously
  6. One practising pharmacist with experience in hospital pharmacy and clinical education Current general registration as a pharmacist in Australia or New Zealand
  7. Substantial experience as a senior clinical pharmacist, clinical educator or Director of Pharmacy
  8. Proven experience with and knowledge of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia or New Zealand
  9. Proven experience and knowledge of the processes, assessments and structures of intern training programs and supervised practice requirements
  10. Experience and involvement with the supervision and mentoring of pharmacy interns and early-career pharmacists in a hospital setting
  11. Demonstrated understanding of adult learning principles for post-registration or continuing professional development education
  12. Experience of effective outcomes in working across interprofessional teams
  13. Experience on decision-making committees
  14. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

One practising pharmacist with experience in community pharmacy and the supervision of student and intern pharmacists

  1. Current general registration as a pharmacist in Australia or New Zealand
  2. Substantial experience as a community pharmacist
  3. Proven experience with and knowledge of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia or New Zealand
  4. Proven experience and knowledge of the processes, assessments and structures of intern training programs and supervised practice requirements
  5. Experience and involvement with the supervision and mentoring of pharmacy interns and early-career pharmacists in a community pharmacy setting
  6. Demonstrated understanding of adult learning principles for post-registration or continuing professional development education
  7. Experience with working across interprofessional teams
  8. Experience on decision-making committees or professional bodies
  9. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

One member who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with cultural capacity and demonstrated connection to country and community

  1. Substantial experience as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander representative on a health, regulatory or accreditation decision-making body
  2. An appreciation of the role of accreditation bodies within National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
  3. An understanding of the higher education sector
  4. Proven ability to bring an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander focus to decision-making
  5. Ability to provide a national perspective on accreditation decisions
  6. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

One member with expertise in interprofessional learning, assessment or accreditation from a non pharmacy profession

  1. Current or previous experience as a non-pharmacist health practitioner
  2. An appreciation of the role of accreditation bodies within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
  3. Substantial experience in the accreditation or quality assurance of another registered health profession
  4. Proven ability and experience with the application of educational standards at a national level
  5. Experience on decision-making committees or professional bodies, particularly dealing with quality assurance or compliance
  6. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

Up to two community members

  1. Substantial experience as a community representative on a health, regulatory or accreditation decision-making body
  2. An appreciation of the role of accreditation bodies within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
  3. An understanding of the higher education sector
  4. Proven ability to bring a consumer focus to decision-making
  5. Ability to provide a national perspective on accreditation decisions
  6. Ability to synthesise complex information and formulate a decision contemporaneously

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