About

Gillian lectures mainly in the area of Pharmacy Practice, having been a practicing pharmacist for over 25 years. In the past, she has been employed in many areas of pharmacy practice, including hospital and community pharmacy in both rural and urban settings in many parts of Queensland, from Thursday Island to Charleville, as well as in the UK. Her main areas of hospital experience include general clinical pharmacy, nurse education, sterile manufacturing, and maternity and neonatal intensive care. To keep in touch with ‘the real world’, Gillian continues to work as an accredited consultant pharmacist conducting home and residential medication reviews in the Townsville Region.

Gillian has been involved with the Pharmacy program since 2000, as a placement preceptor, then as a tutor and for the past 10 years as a lecturer. She teaches mainly into years 2 to 4 of the Pharmacy program in areas such as clinical dispensing, dermatology, gastrointestinal pharmacy, respiratory pharmacy, paediatrics, geriatrics, oncology pharmacy and pharmaceutical calculations. She also teaches into various areas of the medical program such as Year 3 skin pharmacology, Year 1 interprofessional learning and the physicians assistant program. With a focus on over-the-counter conditions, Gillian has been co-ordinating the JCU round of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Pharmacy Student of the Year counselling competition for the past 10 years and supervises student training for this event. She is also involved in supervising pharmacy Honours and Masters student research projects. With her links with the practice, she networks regularly with local pharmacists in her role as the Pharmacy tutor co-ordinator.  

Gillian completed her M Pharm (Research) degree in 2014, developing a discipline-specific training program for pharmacist tutors at James Cook University. Her current research interests include weight management in community pharmacy, home medicines reviews as a contributor to the quality use of medicines, the role of pharmacists in general practice clinics and interprofessional health education.          

Teaching
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX2001: Integrated Physician Assistant Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2003: Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2006: Dermatology for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC3001: ENT, Eyes and Respiratory Pharmacy (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC4102: Oncology, Haematology and Toxicology for Pharmacists (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4103: Professional Pharmacy Practice 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4203: Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice (Level 4; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Medication Reviews
  • Non-dispensing pharmacists in GP Clinics
Research
  • Discipline-specific training for pharmacist tutors at James Cook University
  • Weight management in community pharmacy
  • Home medicines reviews as a contributor to the quality use of medicines
  • The role of pharmacists in general practice clinics
  • Interprofessional health education
Teaching
  • Teaching processes that assist in bridging the gap between theory and practice
Experience
  • 2008 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
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Honours
Memberships
  • 2015 - Northern Australia Primary Health Network (NAPHN) (Previously Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local or TMML)
  • 2002 - Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists
  • 1990 - Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • 2009 to 2012 - Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local - Quality Use of Medicines Committee
  • 1992 to 2002 - Australian College of Pharmacy
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  • 47.020, Pharmacy & Medical Research (Townsville campus)
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