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The Barwon Health Pharmacy Department has a wide research focus encompassing advanced hospital pharmacy practice, workforce innovation, telehealth, radiopharmacy, medication safety, antimicrobial stewardship and smoking cessation. In addition, the Pharmacy Department supports more than 100 investigator-led and industry sponsored clinical trials within Barwon Health.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

Monash University

Deakin University Utrecht University (Netherlands)  Monash Health  Alfred Health 
Eastern Health Frankston Hospital Queen Elizabeth Hospital (SA)

South West Healthcare 

 Colac Area Health 

Portland District Health 

Hamilton District Health  Society of Hospital Pharmacists Western Alliance  


Research Team

Research Staff

  • Dr Greg Weeks - Director of Pharmacy
  • Dr Diana Bortoletto - Senior Education and Training Pharmacist
  • James Polmear - Associate Director Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Alicia Neels - Antimicobial Stewardship Pharmacist (AMS)
  • Garth Birdsey - Senior Cardiology Pharmacist
  • Leonie Abbott - Senior Emergency Pharmacist
  • Lisha Kuruvilla - McKellar Pharmacy Manager and Community Palliative Care Pharmacist
  • Sarita Thethy - Clinical and Quality Improvement Pharmacist
  • Sylvia Cuell - Deputy Director of Pharmacy

Research students

  • Lisha Kuruvilla, PhD: Collaborative Pathways in optimising medicines use and safety in Palliative Care.
  • Alicia Neels, Masters of Health Management/Public Health (Infectious Diseases): Antimicrobial Stewardship in General Practice.
  • Jessica Rhodes, Master of Clinical Pharmacy: Pharmacological management of agitated delirium in the acute general medical unit.
  • Tenay Rankin, Master of Clinical Pharmacy: Antihypertensive therapy in acute stroke: the effect of education and a treatment algorithm on improving patient management.
  • Sarita Thethy, Graduate Certificate (Clinical Redesign): Ready for discharge on admission – pharmacist charting on surgical short stay unit”

Research News

Featured Publications

Evaluating the efficacy and safety of varenicline as a sole pharmacotherapy vs. in combination with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) lozenges in assisting smoking cessation among hospitalised smokers: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Gobarani R, Abramson MJ, Bonevski B, Weeks GR, Dooley MJ, Smith B, Veale A, Webb A, Kirsa S, Thomas D. BMJ Open. 2020; 10:e038184. 

The effectiveness of a simple antimicrobial stewardship intervention in general practice in Australia: a pilot study. Neels AJ, Bloch AE, Gwini SM, Athan E. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2020 20(586).

Interventions for improving medication-taking ability and adherence in older adults prescribed multiple medications. Cross AJ, Elliott RA, Petrie K, Kuruvilla L, George J. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020;5(5): CD012419.

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Comprehensive identification of medication‐related problems occurring prior to, during and after emergency department presentation: An Australian multicentre, prospective, observational study. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Taylor SE, Mitri EA, Harding AM, Taylor DM, Weeks A, Abbott L, Lambros P, Lawrence D, Strumpman D, Senturk‐Raif R, et al. Emerg Med Australas. 2020;32(3): 457-465.

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 Multi‐site evaluation of partnered pharmacist medication charting and in‐hospital length of stay. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Tong EY, Mitra B, Yip G, Galbraith K, Dooley MJ. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2020;86(2): 285-290.

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Impact of proactive pharmacist‐assisted warfarin management using an electronic medication management system in Australian hospitalised patients. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Tyedin AE, Taylor SE, Than J, Al‐Alawi R, O’Halloran E, Chau A. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 2020;50: 144-151.

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Medication management for community palliative care patients and the role of a specialist palliative care pharmacist: A qualitative exploration of consumer and health care professional perspectives. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Kuruvilla L, Weeks G, Eastman P, George J. Palliat Med. 2018;32(8): 1369-1377.

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Factors associated with nicotine replacement therapy use among hospitalised smokers. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Chui CY, Thomas D, Taylor S, Bonevski B, Abramson MJ, Paul E, Poole SG, Weeks GR, Dooley MJ, George J. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2018;37: 514-519.

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Non-medical prescribing versus medical prescribing for acute and chronic disease management in primary and secondary care. Weeks G, George J, Maclure K, Stewart D. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2016;11: D011227.

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Integrating smoking cessation into routine care in hospitals-a randomized controlled trial. Thomas D, Abramson MJ, Bonevski B, Taylor S, Poole SG, Paul E, Weeks GR, Dooley MJ, George J. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Addiction. 2016;111(4): 714-723.

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Quitting experiences and preferences for a future quit attempt: A study among inpatient smokers. Thomas D, Abramson MJ, Bonevski B, Taylor S, Poole SG, Weeks GR, Dooley MJ, George J. BMJ Open. 2015;5: e006959.

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Support Our Research 

Participate in a clinical trial

To find out about Clinical Trials currently underway at Barwon Health, click here.


Clinical trials require ongoing investment and there are several ways to support this amazing work.

You can make a donation today and contribute to an item on our research wish list, consider a bequest in your will, or establish a lasting legacy fund in your name. No matter what size, your philanthropic support with deliver an immediate impact.

To donate now or for more information and further discuss your support, please contact the Barwon Health Foundation.

Wish List

$1000 - $5000

  • A pharmacist led metabolic monitoring service for mental health clients
  • Pharmacist charting projects for surgical patients

$5,000 - $20,000

  • Medication outcomes of a pharmacist service in the home for at risk patient groups
  • An evaluation of in-house pharmacist within aged care homes on medication use and safety
  • Extended pharmacy technician scope of practice to improve patient flow and prioritisation of pharmacy service

> $20,000

  • Collaborative multi-site projects

All Publications

Last Modified: Thursday, 22 October 2020

Research Lead


Dr Greg Weeks, MPharm MHA PhD FSHP

Director of Pharmacy
University Hospital Geelong
Bellerine Centre, Level 3
Bellerine St, Geelong Vic 3220
Phone (03) 4215 1582