Welcome to the Centre for Optimising
Pharmacy Practice-based Excellence in Research (COPPER)


  • Provides a platform for research collaboration between academics & community based pharmacist networks.
  • Provides links between experienced researchers & community based pharmacist networks to allow ‘real world’ practice problems to be identified, developed and addressed.

Four key pillars of COPPER enable community based pharmacists to become involved in research:

  • Research networks (community pharmacists & primary care pharmacists) – bringing together like-minded pharmacists interested in engaging in research
  • Communities of practice (using social media platform, Facebook) – providing peer support, mechanism to exchange information (between peers & between pharmacists and academics, bounce ideas and seek advice)
  • Research Training and Education (quarterly online offerings to build research skills for pharmacists and support research higher degree students)
  • Links to academic support (matching pharmacists to appropriate academics for research advice/support)

Contact us

COPPER Co-Directors:

Dr Christopher Freeman

Associate Professor Neil Cottrell 


COPPER Acting Manager/Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Dr Bernadette Chevalier (b.chevalier@uq.edu.au)