Senior Lecturer in Dementia Care, University of Tasmania

Juanita’s background is as a community pharmacist. She became accredited to perform medication reviews in aged care homes in 1997. From 2001, Juanita worked as a pharmacist in England where she provided pharmaceutical advice to GPs, developed programs promoting optimum medication use and completed a Master of Science degree at Keele University investigating medication adherence in older people. Juanita returned to Australia in 2006 and completed her doctorate in 2011 with her thesis entitled: “Roles for pharmacists in improving the quality use of psychotropic medicines in residential care facilities.” As part of the PhD an intervention project, ‘RedUSe’ (Redusing Use of Sedatives), was developed and trialled; for which Juanita was awarded an International Psychogeriatric Association Junior Research award in 2009. In 2015, Juanita commenced her current position as a Senior Lecturer in Dementia Care at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University Of Tasmania. She continues to research old age mental health conditions. Juanita was awarded a NHMRC translating Research into practice (TRIP) fellowship in 2014.


  • 2015–present
    Senior lecturer, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
  • 2006–2015
    Lecturer, Discipline of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania


  • 2011 
    University of Tasmania, PhD
  • 2002 
    Keele University, MSc in Community Pharmacy (Dist)
  • 1997 
    University of South Australia, Graduate Diploma Of Community Practice Pharmacy
  • 1985 
    Sydney University, Bachelor of Pharmacy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Expansion of the RedUSe project
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Gerontology
  • International Psychogeriatric Association

Research Areas

  • Clinical Pharmacy And Pharmacy Practice (111503)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology (110308)