Lecturer, Pharmacy Practice, University of Sydney

Stephen is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Sydney with a specialisation in pharmacist services. He is a registered pharmacist with clinical specialisation in medication management review. Stephen's research, teaching and advocacy agenda aims to ensure that society makes greater use of pharmacists's unique skills. In regards to research, Stephen uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand more about: a) how consumers and their caregivers obtain and use their medicines and medicines information; b) how best to design and utilise pharmacist services, both as primary care practitioners and as collaborators in teams; and c) how best to support and educate pharmacists throughout their journey from students to interns to practitioners and to on advanced practitioner status. Stephen is currently a Board Director of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA). He is Chairman of the Board of Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists(AACP). He is a Fellow of the PSA and represents the organisation on various National committees.

Stephen has owned and operated a community pharmacy on the NSW south coast for more than 20 years. He has been accredited to perform medication management reviews with the AACP since 1997. During 1992, Stephen obtained a Master of Science (Research) in the area of dose prediction methods for warfarin. He completed his PhD in 2012 with a thesis entitled: Consumers' willingness to use Home Medicines Review. Stephen's previous appointment was Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Canberra.

Stephen's research publications have been recognised with various international awards. He regularly reviews manuscripts for high quality international journals such as Pediatrics, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP), BMC Health Services Research and others. He has been awarded Top Reviewer status by RSAP in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Research interests:

Consumers’ and caregivers’ willingness to use pharmacists’ services.
Consumers’ and caregivers’ perceptions of service quality in community pharmacies
Improving consumers’ adherence to medicines using smart phone application
Linking real-time prescription records with dispensing records and patients’ self reports of medicine use.
Survey design
The use of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) as a tool to analyse survey data

Experience

  • –present
    Dr, School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney