Professor Timothy Chen (The University of Sydney)


Medication review is now an embedded process in most pharmacy curricula and an established service in numerous health care systems across the globe, however this has not always been the case. This presentation will span the development of the Home Medicines Review programme (MBS item 900) in Australia, with a focus on the professional contribution of pharmacists. The utilization of pharmacists’ professional skills in medication management services, represents a major paradigm shift for the profession, which has, for long, had a reputation (simply) for the compounding and dispensing of medicines. It is becoming abundantly clear that professional pharmacy services can and do make a difference to health care. Hence future efforts should continue to build evidence for and implement services representing the full scope of pharmacy practice, for the benefit of consumers and health care systems.

Speaker Bio

Tim Chen is a registered pharmacist (>30 yrs) and is the Professor of Medication Management, School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney. Tim is Head of Pharmacy Practice and Health Services Research, and co-lead for primary health care. Tim is an experienced health services researcher, educator and supervisor, having completed supervision of 19 PhDs, co-authored >175 papers (Google Scholar H-Index = 49) and given 70 invited presentations in 26 countries. Internationally, Tim serves on the Board of Pharmaceutical Practice, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and is President, Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section. Tim’s seminal work in medication review directly informed the Commonwealth Government funded Home Medicines Review programme (MBS item 900). Tim has received Faculty, University and Australian Government awards for teaching. Tim is a FIP Fellow, co-chair for the next ISPW (2022) and a Scientific Committee member for PCNE. He was recently invited to join a UNESCO committee for pharmacy and bioethics in COVID-19.

About Seminar Series

The School of Pharmacy Seminar Series involves regular formal presentations of high-quality scholarly work with broad appeal.

The wider School community is invited to attend, including academic and professional staff, special guests, visitors, as well as HDR, postgraduate, masters and honours students.

Seminars are held on Fridays from 12pm–1pm in room 5034 in the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St Woolloongabba (next to TRI and the PA Hospital).

Confirmed 2021 seminars

Date Presenter
12-1pm, Friday 19 March
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Professor Paul Clarke, Director Diamantina Institute        
12-1pm, Friday 16 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Francine Marques, Monash University     
12-1pm, Friday 23 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri, Sydney University 
12-1pm, Friday 7 May
(Zoom only)
Dr Laurence Cheung, Curtin University
12-1pm, Friday 30 July
(location TBC)
Dr Gary Chan, UQ CYSUR
12-1pm, Friday 13 August
(Zoom only)
Professor Sanjay Garg, University of South Australia
12-1pm, Friday 3 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Associate Professor Michael Barras, UQ Pharmacy
12-1pm 10 September
(Online via Zoom)

Professor Josephine Forbes, Mater Research


12-1pm, Friday 17 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)

Professor Nigel McMillan, Program Director: Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Menzies Health Institute QLD, Griffith University

12-1pm, Friday 24 September
(Location TBC)
Denuja Karunakaran, IMB Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), UQ


Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba OR Via Zoom; details TBC