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.

SAMAC's role

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.

SAMAC membership

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.

SAMAC membership

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
Private Hospitals Vacant
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:


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