Associate Professor in the College of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Michelle Bellingan is a pharmacist with 25 years of academic experience in teaching and research at both James Cook University and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. 

In 2005, Michelle graduated with a PhD in Drug Utilisation focusing on the management of depression in elderly patients.  Shortly after this, she relocated to Australia and took up a senior lecturer position in Pharmacy at James Cook University.  Michelle has been the Head of Pharmacy and Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Pharmacy at JCU since 2011. 

Michelle has taught students at all levels of study (undergraduate, postgraduate and practicing health professionals) and in numerous health disciplines, including pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, nursing, clinical psychology and physiotherapy.

Michelle has supervised research students at Honours, Masters and PhD level.  Her areas of interest and expertise include drug utilisation, illicit drug use and medication misadventure in elderly patients. 

 In her role as Head of Pharmacy, Michelle has also developed an interest in academic governance and accreditation matters.  

Michelle has extensive internal and external committee involvement.  She is the Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Studies and the Chair of the Pharmacy Assessment Committee.  She represents Pharmacy on the JCU Pharmacy Advisory Committee;  the Division of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences Executive Committee;  the College of Medicine and Dentistry (CMD) Cabinet and Council;  the CMD Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Management Committee and the CMD Evaluation Strategic Committee.

Michelle is also a member of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) Advisory Committee and she serves on the Charles Darwin University Pharmacy Course Advisory Group.  Michelle is the Treasurer on the Executive of the Council of Pharmacy Schools Australia and New Zealand.


  • MX2001: Integrated Physician Assistant Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MX2002: Integrated Physician Assistant Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC1003: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • PC1004: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • PC2003: Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2004: Professional Pharmacy Practice 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2006: Dermatology for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC2201: Infectious Diseases and Immunology for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC3001: ENT, Eyes and Respiratory Pharmacy (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC3002: Cardiovascular and Renal Therapeutics for Pharmacists (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC3102: Health Care for Pharmacists (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC3201: Musculoskeletal Pharmacy (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC3204: Professional Pharmacy Practice 2 Part 1 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC4102: Oncology, Haematology and Toxicology for Pharmacists (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4103: Professional Pharmacy Practice 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4104: Pharmacy Project (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC4203: Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice (Level 4; TSV)
  • PC5515: Pharmaceutical Public Health Project (Level 5; TSV)
  • PC5516: Extended Pharmaceutical Public Health Project (Level 5; TSV)
  • PC5520: Pharmaceutical Public Health - Pharmacovigilance (Level 5; TSV)
  • 2016 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to present - Head of Pharmacy, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2006 to present - Senior Lecturer in Discipline of Pharmacy, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2005 - Graduated with PhD, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa)
  • 2001 to 2005 - Lecturer in Department of Pharmacy, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa)
  • 1995 to 2000 - Lecturer in Department of Pharmacy, University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
  • 1992 to 1994 - Junior Lecturer in Department of Pharmacy, University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
  • 1993 - Graduated with MSc, University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
  • 1992 - Graduated with BPharm (cum laude), University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Council of Pharmacy Schools Australia and New Zealand
  • 2015 - Australian institute of Company Directors
  • 2006 - Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • 2006 - Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association
  • 2014 - JCU Faculty of MHMS Grant. $20,000. Prediction and prevention of academic difficulty in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Chief Investigator: Dr Bunmi Malau-Abduli Co-Investigators: A/Prof Peta-Ann-Teague, Dr Michelle Bellingan, Dr Felicity Croker.
  • 2014 - UTAS Teaching Development Grant. $7366. Developing a benchmarking tool for Pharmacy students. Chief investigator: Dr L Chalmers (UTAS). Co-investigators: A/Prof Luke Bereznicki (UTAS), A/Prof R Rasiah (University of Newcastle), Dr M Bellingan
  • 2014 - JCU Academy Fellowship. $10,000. Retention of knowledge and perceived relevance of basic sciences in health curriculi. Chief investigator: Dr B Malau-Abduli. Co-Investigators: Prof T Sen Gupta, A/Prof PA Teague, Dr M Bellingan, A/Prof P Johnson

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
Other research outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 15+ research outputs authored by Dr Michelle Bellingan from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Health - Pharmacy Trial Program

Integrated Practice Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Indicative Funding
$1,040,046 over 3 years (administered by Pharmaceutical Society of Australia)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a much higher burden of disease due to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Many deaths from these illnesses can be prevented if patients are better supported to take their medicines and prescribing quality is improved. This trial will explore if including a practice pharmacist in the primary health care team within Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs) leads to improvements in the quality of care that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive. Our trial will tell us if prescribing by doctors is improved, if patients are more likely to take their medicines, and if indicators of their health are improving over time.
Sophie Couzos, Rhondda Jones, Emily Callander, Erik Biros, Deb Smith, Michelle Bellingan, Beverley Glass, Priscilla Page, Donald Whaleboat, Robyn Preston, Nicole Bates, Douglas Boyle, Vicki Slinko, Roderick Wright, Nadia Lusis, Elizabeth Moore and Kathryn Panaretto (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd)
Aboriginal Health; integrated health care; continuing quality improvement; Primary Health Care; practice pharmacist; community based participatory research

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Optimisation of neurorehabilitation through administration of fluoxetine to stroke survivors using SMART Arm therapy to improve deficits in their upper limb function (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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