Churchill fellowship

Sam Halliday1

1Chief Pharmacist and Churchill Fellowship recipient


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Sam is a registered pharmacist in Australia with over fifteen years’ experience in the health system. His interest in healthcare originated from a love for healthy living and physical activity, particularly sporting pursuits.

Sam was awarded a Bachelor of Pharmacy and the JC Burgin Memorial Prize for outstanding commitment and dedication to academic studies from the University of Tasmania in 2006.

He went on to ply his craft and manage a number community pharmacies over the ensuing decade in the Southern suburbs of Hobart. During this time he became accredited as a Consultant Pharmacist with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists and regularly conducted home medication management reviews throughout Tasmania. He was an examiner for the Pharmacy Board of Australia for seven years.

Sam has worked in medicines regulation since 2013 and is currently the Acting Chief Pharmacist for the Tasmanian Government’s Department of Health. His team is responsible for governing the Tasmanian poisons legislation to minimise the known and emerging harms from medicines and poisons in our society. This work includes the stewardship of Australia’s first Real Time Prescription Monitoring system for high-risk pharmaceutical medicines, DORA.

Sam is Tasmania’s nominated member of the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling and Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling. He also sits on the TGA’s Medical Cannabis Access Working Group and the Australian Government Office of Drug Control’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Production Working Group.

In August 2018, Sam was awarded a Master of Public Health from the University of Tasmania and his research thesis examined the utilisation of opioid analgesics in Tasmania for persistent non cancer pain.

In October 2018 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship for travel overseas in 2019 to investigate international approaches to the regulation of medical cannabis.

In February 2019 he graduated from the Tasmanian Leaders Program, an intensive year-long action-learning program focused on building leadership capacity and connectivity across Tasmania.

Sam is a proud husband to Emily and father to Daisy and George. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and staying active.