Research Supervision

I am interested in supervising students on projects relating to the interpretation and application of clinical evidence, ethics and a range of topics related to the quality use of medicines.

I have a number of projects in the following broad topics.

  1. The challenges of using evidence to inform treatment decisions

    Clinicians utilise a range of heuristics for interpreting and applying clinical research. Good reasons can be given to rely on these heuristics, but sometimes—like any heuristic—they can lead us astray. Projects within this topic will use contemporary case studies to explore how, and the extent to which, heuristics can be misapplied.

  2. The science and ethics of complementary medicines

    Many people use complementary medicines as part of self-care. While some complementary medicines have good evidence of efficacy and/or a plausible mechanism for effect, many do not. Health professionals have a responsibility to support people in their health choices as well as a commitment to base treatment decisions on sound evidence.

    Projects within this topic will address questions such as how complementary medicines should be evaluated? And: What are the responsibilities of health professionals regarding complementary medicines?

Past and current research students

PhD Students

  • Amber Salman Poppatia. (2015–current). Pharmacy, Responsibility and Complementary Medicines.
  • Holly Ross. (2013–current). Beliefs and adherence. (Associate supervisor with Neil Cottrell and Gina Gujral)
  • Judith Burrows. (2013–current). “Becoming Pharmacists”: A qualitative exploration of the professional development of pharmacists following graduation. (Associate supervisor with Gloria Dall’Alba)
  • Amy Tan. (2013–2014). Medication management in a rural setting in Australia: needs identification and service models involving pharmacists. (Associate supervisor with Lynne Emmerton and Laetitia Hattingh)
  • Thi-My-Uyen Nguyen. (2012–2015). Developing a methodology to target and individualise interventions to improve medication adherence in patients with chronic medical conditions newly initiated on a medication. (Associate supervisor with Neil Cottrell)
  • Suvimol Niyomnaitham. (2011–2014). Impact of drug warning systems on prescribing. (Associate supervisor with Alesha Smith and Karen Whitfield)

Clinical Masters Students

  • Beate Antonsen. (2012). Using academic detailing to support nurses’ knowledge and confidence around antipsychotic drugs in dementia.
  • Hui Ling Ong. (2011). Use of targeted written information to support the quality prescribing of proton pump inhibitors in residents of aged care facilities..
  • Ellen Jones. (2011). Exploring adherence to oral chemotherapy in the setting of metastatic colorectal cancer.. (Co-supervisor with Neil Cottrell)

Major in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (from 2015) and Honours Students (pre-2015)

  • Georgia Bennett. (2015). A qualitative study exploring how pharamcists perceive their responsibility to patient care.
  • Bernice Prior. (2015). Managing medicines at care transitions between hospital and residential care facilities.
  • Reanna McFarland. (2014). Responsibilities of pharmacy support staff when selling complementary medicines in the community pharmacy.
  • Priya Iyer. (2014). A qualitative study exploring consumer expectations of pharmacists’ role in recommending and selling complementary medicines.
  • Elizabeth George. (2013). Assessing the repertory grid technique as a method for understanding how people make decisions about their medicines. (Supervisor with Neil Cottrell)
  • Bernadine Yong. (2013). How do pharmacists perceive their responsibilities when recommending complementary medicines?. (Supervisor with Neil Cottrell)
  • Jishana Abdul Naseer and Petrina Sim. (2013). Satisfaction and adherence. (Associate supervisor with Neil Cottrell)
  • Jennifer Tio. (2004). Ascertaining consumer perspectives on medication information sources using a modified repertory grid technique.. (Associate supervisor with Neil Cottrell)