I am currently a PhD candidate in the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre (QUMPRC) at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences in the University of South Australia.
My area of research is quality use of medicines (QUM) within the discipline of Pharmacy. QUM involves ensuring that medications are used wisely, judiciously, effectively and safely in individuals and populations. Adhering to QUM principles maximises the opportunity for benefits from medications whilst minimising potential harms from medications.
The topic of my PhD studies is investigating the best methods and tools for evaluating the quality use of medicines in the permanent residential aged care population in Australia with particular focus on this population's unique clinical and demographic characteristics.
Previous to undertaking my PhD studies, I worked in a variety of areas developing clinical, project management and research skills. My early career focused on gaining clinical skills as both a hospital and retail pharmacist. More recently I have been involved in quality use of medicines (QUM) related project work (e. g. Pharmacy practice key performance indicators; clinical pharmacy indicator integration into an information management system; coordination of writing QUM materials for health practitioners/older population and managing a state wide hospital antibiotic usage database). I have developed strong skills in project management enabling me to manage my time very effectively and focus on achieving outcomes.