Members of the Scheduled Medicines Expert Committee are appointed for a period of three years in accordance with the terms of reference.
Mr Brett Simmonds, Chair
Brett has had over 10 years’ experience in the regulation of the pharmacy profession, including as Chair of the Pharmacy Board’s National Notifications Committee and as a member of the Board’s Policy, Codes and Guidelines Committee and the Finance, Governance and Risk Committee.
He is a member of the Trials Advisory Group, which is an independent, expert advisory committee that provides advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health on appropriate trial programs designed to improve patient outcomes and expand the role of pharmacy in delivering a wider range of primary healthcare services.
Brett keenly promotes ethical practice and currently serves on the Mater Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee and previously on the UQ Molecular Biosciences Animal Ethics Committee.
Brett has been an owner of three community pharmacies and currently is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland where he teaches across all four year levels.
Brett is also the Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia and Practitioner member for Queensland.
Ms Vanessa Brotto, core member
Vanessa Brotto is a former nurse academic at Deakin University where she worked for 17 years. During this time Vanessa designed curricula and lectured extensively on medications/pharmacology in both the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degrees.
Vanessa works clinically as an intensive care nurse at a major metropolitan hospital and has been involved in medication related research with two large Victorian hospitals.
Her research focus currently pertains to clinical governance and reporting of medication errors in acute care hospitals. She has been a reviewer for a number of Australian and International nursing journals and has contributed to numerous nursing and pharmacology textbooks as both writer and reviewer. Vanessa co-wrote Clinical Dosage Calculations for Australia and New Zealand which is now in its second edition.
Professor Lisa Nissen, core member
Dr Lisa Nissen is Professor and Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. She is an experienced pharmacy practitioner, researcher and educator having worked in hospital and community pharmacy in metropolitan and rural areas of Queensland. Her focus is on improving the Quality Use of Medicines in the wider community, across the health care continuum, with a focus on health service development and factors that influence the prescribing of medicines. She was a key clinical advisor for the development of the Australian Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway and the NPS prescribing competency framework. Lisa is a strong believer in the benefits multidisciplinary health care teams can bring to patient care and takes this passion into the classroom with a commitment to the development and implementation of innovative inter-professional education for health students. In recognition of her teaching contributions she was awarded National Awards for Teaching Excellence in 2008 and 2013. She has been acknowledged for her contributions to the pharmacy profession, being the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2002 and Pharmacist of the Year in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Practicing Pharmacists Association of Hong Kong, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and one of Australia’s first credentialed Advanced Practice Pharmacists.
Ms Sarah Spagnardi, core member
Sarah is a registered pharmacist who has practised in variety of settings including community pharmacy, aged care consulting and medicines Information.
Sarah currently manages the NPS MedicineWise delivery channels, which include the Educational Delivery Service, provided by over 50 clinical services specialists, who deliver educational visiting services to health care professionals nationally. The NPS Medicines Line, and the NPS Adverse Medicine Events Line – both are telephone services to support consumers with medicines information, and assist in reporting suspected adverse events to medicines to the TGA, are also overseen by Sarah. Sarah previously worked for the NSW Pharmacy Board, where she was responsible for the registration assessment processes for all NSW pharmacy graduates, as well as delivering information on therapeutic goods legislation. Sarah is also a media spokesperson for NPS MedicineWise.
Dr Susan Hunt, core member
Susan began her journey with the quality use of medicines (QUM) as part of the organising committee for the first Be Wise Medicines campaign in 1991. She has been a member of the Pharmaceutical and Rational Medicines Committee (PHARM) representing nursing and the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee (APAC) representing the nursing national professional organisations. From 2002-2008 Susan was on the Board of Management of the National Prescribing Service (NPS). She was awarded honorary membership of NPS in 2015.
Susan has worked in community and residential aged care. Her clinical interests include assessment and management of urinary incontinence, the promotion of quality of life for people living with dementia and QUM for older people. Her educational interests include problem-based learning.
Susan has held several teaching positions and adjunct positions in nursing education. As a QUM Scholar, Susan’s doctoral studies identified the barriers and enablers for quality use of medicines within residential aged care. From 2007 to 2015, Susan was the Commonwealth Senior Nurse Advisor for Aged Care. Currently Susan is working as a nurse consultant within aged care concentrating on dementia care.