Bruce AnnabelBruce Annabel
FCA MPS (assoc.) FACP MAICD BA (acc.)

Bruce Annabel is a consultant and industry commentator and a leading authority on the financial, strategic planning and business aspects of community pharmacy. His company consults to some 400 pharmacies Australia wide and allows an excellent overview of practice management, likely future directions and the externalities affecting the industry. Bruce is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Associate member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management.  He was awarded the 2007 Pharmacy Practice Foundation pharmacy industry medal of excellence.




sshakibSepehr Shakib

Professor Sepehr Shakib is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide. He has a number of medication governance roles as chair of the local health network drug committee, chair of the state-wide formulary committee and has been working on the state-wide implementation of electronic prescribing. His research interests include polypharmacy, de-prescribing and electronic decision support tools.





Terri ForanTerri Foran

Dr Terri Foran is a Sexual Health Physician and has a special interest in contraception, menopause issues and the management of sexually transmitted infections. Previously the Medical Director of Family Planning NSW, Dr Foran is now in clinical practice in Darlinghurst and is presently engaged in both clinical and research work at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney.  Dr Foran is also a lecturer at the University of New South Wales in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health.





Shane Jackson

Dr Shane Jackson has a broad background as a pharmacist. Shane is a practicing community pharmacist and owner of two rural community pharmacies in Tasmania. He also works as a Consultant Pharmacist within the home and aged care settings and is actively involved in delivering professional development programs to nurses in aged care.  Shane is a board member of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP), is a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the PSA, Chair of the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee and is Deputy Chair of the APC’s Advanced Practice Credentialing Committee.  He is a ministerial appointment to the Pharmacy Trials Program, Trials Advisory Group. He has been credentialed as one of the first Advanced Practice Pharmacists in Australia. He is a Clinical Governance Advisor with NeHTA and is on the Clinical Advisory Council of Primary Health Tasmania.   He is an experienced educator who has been delivering presentations on multiple topics such as anticoagulation, therapeutics, and professional pharmacy practice programs for a number of years.


Shane HamblinShane Hamblin

Assoc. Prof Shane Hamblin is Head of Endocrinology & Diabetes at Western Health, Melbourne and a consultant endocrinologist at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He is Chair of the Drugs & Therapeutics Committee and a member of the Medication Safety Committee at Western Health. He was a member of the Reference Group for the Federal Government’s recent Post-Market Review of Products Used for the Treatment of Diabetes.  A Monash University graduate, Shane trained in endocrinology at the Alfred Hospital and then the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis USA where he researched molecular aspects of thyroid hormone action. He enjoys teaching both Melbourne and Monash University medical students, junior medical staff and general practitioners. He has been a popular guest lecturer for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in Melbourne, Hobart and regional Victoria. His research interests include diabetes and thyroid disease.


Rey CasseRey Cass
MB BS FRACP (Neurology & Nuclear Medicine)

Dr Casse obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 1987.  He trained in neurology in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and received his neurology specialty degree in 1997.  He subsequently undertook post graduate fellowships in both epilepsy and nuclear medicine.  He trained at the Austin and Repatriation Hospitals in Melbourne and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide.  He undertook a Movement Disorders Fellowship in 1997 at Westmead Hospital, Sydney and is dually qualified in neurology and nuclear medicine. Dr Casse has an interest in video monitoring and seizures, headache, migraine, botulinum toxin treatment, EEG, stroke, epilepsy and neuro-degenerative syndromes.  He holds a public appointment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he has been involved in clinical and research programs, studying functional cerebral imaging in memory disorders, epilepsy and psychiatric disorders.


Jenny GowanDr Jenny Gowan
PhD, Grad Dip Comm Pharm, PhC, FACPP, FPS, AACPA, MSHPA

Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines, Respiratory, an Editorial Board Member of AUS-DI, SHPA ‘Don’t Rush to Crush’ and the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist and conducts her own company focussing on medication reviews in domiciliary and Aged Care Homes, education, writing, training and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. She has published over 350 educational articles. In 2013 Jenny was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and in 2016 the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.


John KootJohn Koot

With over 25 years of international senior management experience in retail and wholesale businesses, John Koot is a passionate campaigner for the pharmacist to be more actively engaged with customers. His vision for pharmacy to be a health destination is founded on providing a unique and superior experience for pharmacy customers – achieved by leveraging the value of the pharmacist. Heading Willach’s Australasian division is ideally aligned to John’s passion for changing the processes and design of the dispensary – refocusing on the health consumer and allocating non value adding activities elsewhere. Today, John continues to set the benchmark for customer engagement strategies, design and operating procedures in Australian Retail Pharmacy and through this role at Willach acts as mentor and advisor across the industry.



Debbie RigbyDebbie Rigby
BPharm, GradDipClinPharm, AdvDipNutrPharm, CGP, AdvPractPharm, AACPA, FASCP, FPS, FACP, FAICD, FSHPA

Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. She graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland.  She has since obtained a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Pharmacy, certification as an Asthma Educator and credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist.  Debbie has been a Director on the NPS MedicineWise Board (National Prescribing Service) since 2008 and is the current Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Debbie has ministerial appointments to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council (ATGAC) and Natural Therapies Review Advisory Committee (NTRAC).



Bill HorsfallBill Horsfall

Bill Horsfall is a Consultant Pharmacist, accredited with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP). His current position is as a Clinical Services Specialist with NPS – MedicineWise, working in suburban Melbourne. His role focuses on quality use of medicines for GPs, which involves academic detailing and presenting clinical meetings and briefings for GPs on a number of pharmacotherapy and clinical topics. Previously his role as Director of Professional Development with the Victorian Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society included the ongoing training of interns, undergraduates, registered pharmacists and accredited Consultant Pharmacists.




Maria ChristinaDr Maria Cristina Carlo-Stella

As head of the Office of the Fabbrica di San Pietro in the Vatican City, Carlo-Stella oversees the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as the site of the tomb of the Apostle Peter.  A graduate student in the art history program at UMass Amherst, Carlo-Stella’s principal major was ancient art with a minor in medieval art, specifically Christian iconography.  Carlo-Stella continued her studies in Rome, Italy in the early 90s specializing in Etruscology, the study of the Etruscan civilization.  During this time, Pope John Paul ll instituted a new government office, the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church. As one of the few women in a high-level managerial role within the Holy See, Carlo-Stella established guidelines and an international network of support for bishops in English-speaking countries to ensure the protection of sacred art. The Commission also encouraged the conservation, preservation and enhancement of quality standards and measures for churches, museum structures, archives and library collections belonging to their diocesan communities.   In 2004, she became the head of the Office of the Fabbrica di San Pietro, a department of the Vatican that has overseen the Basilica of Saint Peter since 1500. With a staff of 110 carpenters, electricians, marble workers, security and office personnel, Carlo-Stella set about a series of major restoration and preservation projects.  As a result of her vast expertise, Carlo-Stella was nominated secretary of the Permanent Commission for the Protection of Art Historical Monuments of the Holy See. This commission convenes only to analyze problematic issues concerning the preservation of some art historical monument or site of the Holy See and to provide advice to the Cardinal Secretary of State.