Researcher biography

Sam is an academic in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland. She has an honorary appointment at Imperial College London (School of Public Health) as part of the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI). She has an active interest in health systems and health services research. Sam works on health technology assessment (HTA) and economic evaluations with a particular focus on low and middle-income countries (LMIC) and non-communicable diseases (NCD). Sam worked as a consultant in health technology assessment (HTA) in Australia for many years evaluating submissions to subsidise medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The other focus of her research is pharmacoepidemiology - the use of medicines in populations. She works with an extensive network of clinicians and health professionals to investigate the use of medicines and adverse effects in general practice, cancer, psychiatry, neurology, and internal medicine. She has worked on international health projects in Indonesia and is currently working on several projects in HTA and medicines use in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.

Sam coordinates, lectures, and tutors in undergraduate and postgraduate programs: she is a foundation coordinator in the new Master of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice (from 2019). She is an advisor on diverse PhD and student research projects. Sam has studied and worked in Brisbane (UQ), London (Imperial College), Melbourne (Monash University), Toronto (Mt Sinai Hospital), and Kumasi, Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology).