Our Keynote Speakers

Zubin Austin

Professor Zubin Austin

Zubin Austin is Professor, inaugural holder of the Murray Koffler Chair in Management, and the Academic Director of the Centre for Practice Excellence at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on the professional and personal development of the health human resources workforce. He has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and authored four reference texts, including the newly released Pharmacy Practice Research Methods published by Elsevier. He has won awards for his research from national and international organizations. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2017. He is also an award winning teacher having received the Province of Ontario's Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Lyman Award, the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Excellence in Pharmacy Education Award, the University of Toronto's President's Teaching Award, and he has been named undergraduate Professor of the Year by students on 17 separate occasions.



Pre-conference Workshop: Learning Styles: Theory, practise, and action 

Plenary One: How do we learn to practise together?


Catriona Bradley

Catriona Bradley works as the Executive Director of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy, based in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has previously held leadership positions in pharmacy, business, HR and academia and is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Trinity College Dublin. She is passionate about enabling the pharmacy profession to realise its potential in healthcare. Throughout her career, she has focussed her attention in the areas of coaching and leadership, team development, quality improvement and pharmacy services research and development. Over the past three and a half years she has led the establishment of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy and has overseen the implementation of new legislation in the areas of CPD and pharmacy training. This supports an approach to learning and development which is systematic, self-directed, needs-based and outcomes-focussed. This aligns with Catriona’s belief in the importance of reflective practice, about which she blogs at www.reflections.ie.



Pre-conference Workshop: Developing Leadership Capability within the Pharmacy Profession 

Plenary Three: Coaching a Profession: The evolution of CPD in pharmacy


Gabrielle Brand
Gabrielle Brand is an academic at The University of Western Australia in Perth where she lectures in qualitative research and interprofessional education in a suite of post graduate Health Professions Education courses. She is a passionate teacher and qualitative researcher with a special interest in narrative medicine, community and social health care delivery, interprofessional learning, using patient voice in education and innovative teaching methodologies. She has designed and created a series of reflective learning resources titled ‘Depth of Field’ © that uses photographs, narratives and collaborative dialogue to challenge learners to consider new perspectives around stigmatised patient groups that move beyond “diagnosis’ to a more humanistic model of care. This work culminated in being awarded the 2017 Flinders University-ANZAHPE Award for Excellence in Health Professional Education that supports innovative and research informed education. Gabrielle has published and presented her research in Australia and internationally in the area of health professions education and community health policy and practice.



Pre-conference Workshop: Depth Of Field: A reflective learning resource for health professions educators

Plenary Four: The Physiology of Teaching: Getting the balance right

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Gloria Dall'Alba

Gloria Dall'Alba is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, as well as a consultant on higher education and workplace learning. Her research and teaching focus on learning and teaching in higher education and the workplace, with particular interest in educating for the professions and the philosophy of higher education. After completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Gothenburg University in Sweden, she has held positions at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, as well as Karolinska Institute and a secondment to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She has published widely on a range of issues relating to higher education, workplace learning and research inquiry. A strong strand of her research is interdisciplinary. She has collaborated with researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and the USA from the fields of education, pharmacy, business, dentistry, engineering, forensic science, medicine, nursing, philosophy and physics.



Plenary Two: Becoming Pharmacy Professionals: Curriculum Development for the 21st Century


Debra Rowett

Professor Debra Rowett is Discipline Leader: External Relations School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia and Director of the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide. Debra is the President of the Australian Pharmacy Council and is currently the Lead for the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum Working Group developing a cross professional Accreditation Standard for prescribing focussing on the importance of enhancing interprofessional practice for the safe and effective use of medicines.


Debra has worked extensively in the area of quality use of medicines, inter-professional practice, health policy and workforce development in Australia and internationally. Debra has also been at the forefront of academic detailing training and implementation in Australia and is a member of the national Drug Utilisation SubCommittee of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). Debra is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and has published widely. She is currently lead investigator on a number of research projects involving interprofessional practice. In 2016 Debra was credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist in Australia and was awarded the prestigious SHPA Fred J Boyd award from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.



Plenary Five: Through the looking glass: Interprofessional communication in practice - nothing is quite what it seems


Kari L. Franson

Kari L. Franson PharmD, PhD, BCPP is the associate dean for professional education, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, trained at the University of Illinois, Chicago Hospital and Clinics as a resident in adult internal medicine and a fellow in clinical research/drug development, and received her PhD in Medical Education from Leiden University, the Netherlands.  She is educator with more than 25 years of experience.  Throughout her career she has focused on two areas: practice development in health professions education and psychopharmacology.  Her educational expertise is in campus and distance-based curriculum development, technology-enhanced learning / assessment, interprofessional practice / education and healthcare workforce development to address health disparities in both the US and abroad.  She is also a US Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and Dutch-Certified Clinical Pharmacologist.  She worked with geriatric psychiatric patients for 10 years and has performed clinical research spanning early-phase clinical pharmacology to post-marketing clinical efficacy studies.  She is interested in cannabinoid clinical pharmacologic effects and has guided national and international professional, legislative, media and commercial groups on the wise study and use of cannabis.



Pre-conference WorkshopAdvancing pharmacy practice for students and practitioners through the framework of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

Concurrent Session 7A: Interprofessional learning to support interprofessional care

(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

Ralph J. Altiere

Ralph J. Altiere, PhD, is Professor and Dean of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  His career in research and education spans nearly 40 years including NIH funded research programs before becoming associate dean for academic affairs.  As associate dean, he led the school’s conversion from the BSPharm to the PharmD degree program and had oversight of an innovative online post-BS PharmD program that has remained in continuous operation for the past 19 years.  As dean, he established leadership positions that have advanced the school’s PharmD degree programs including an international PharmD program; clinical programs including expansion of clinical faculty in community, ambulatory care and hospital practice sites and expanded student experiential and residency training sites; and research programs that have led the school to a perennial top 5% ranking of all pharmacy schools in the US.  He initiated international efforts that have led to partnerships with schools in several countries and with the campus’ Center for Global Health clinic in Guatemala providing curriculum and preceptor development programs and opportunities for student and faculty exchanges.  He holds leadership positions in FIP as Immediate Past President of the Academic Pharmacy Section and as a member of the FIPEd Executive Committee, Congress Programme Committee, AIM Advisory Council and Director of the FIP UNESCO UNITWIN program.  He conducts outreach efforts to IPSF and pharmacy organizations worldwide including Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.  In 2016, he was awarded FIP Fellow.



Pre-conference WorkshopAdvancing pharmacy practice for students and practitioners through the framework of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

Karen Whitfield

Karen Whitfield

Karen currently works as Pharmacist Team Leader for Women’s and Newborns at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). Her specialist interest lies in the field of neonatology and medication management during pregnancy. In 2017 Karen received the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia. Karen holds a Conjoint Research position with the University of Queensland and supervises several Research Higher Degree students involved in a range of research studies.

Karen has a strong interest in leadership and in particular, with the concept of producing highly functioning teams, to impact positively on patient care. She has developed an in-house Leadership Program for Pharmacy staff at RBWH. In 2016 Karen ran a workshop at the Life Long Learning Conference in Split entitled “Does DNA determine your leadership skills? Or can you learn to lead?”

Her pre-conference workshop has been designed to build on this topic and look at the creation of highly effective teams in more detail.



Pre-conference WorkshopCreating effective teams today to inspire, innovate and impact patient care of tomorrow

Concurrent Session 8D: Building personal and team resilience today, to combat the challenges of tomorrow

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