Nicole currently works as a Lecturer in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences (CPHMVS). Previously, she held a co-appointment with Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) and CPHMVS. She has worked on the development of Australia’s first model of cancer patients’ health service use, health system costs and out-of-pocket costs based upon administrative data. Nicole's PhD project aims to quantify the cost of cancer in Australia, and the distribution of these costs by population groups experiencing poorer outcomes.

Nicole also has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health from JCU and has previously worked as a Community Pharmacist, and as a Senior Medical Education Officer at the Townsville Hospital.  


  • HS2402: Health Professional Research 1 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • HS2405: Health Professional Research 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • HS3401: Health Professional Research 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • TM5515: Epidemiology for Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5516: Biostatistics for Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • Health Economics, Public Health Policy, Epidemiology
  • 2019 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2017 to 2018 - Research Officer, James Cook University
  • 2017 to 2018 - Associate Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2015 to 2017 - Senior Medical Education Officer, Townsville Hospital and Health Service
  • 2010 to 2015 - Pharmacist, Community pharmacy
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 to 2018 - Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2016 - International Health Economics Association
  • 2010 - AHPRA Pharmacist

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Department of Health - Pharmacy Trial Program

Integrated Practice Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

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$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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