Researcher

Dr Ramesh Walpola

My Expertise

- Patient safety and quality in primary and aged care 

- Medicines safety

- Safety climate assessments 

- Health services leadership and management

 

 

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

 Dr Ramesh Walpola is a pharmacist and Lecturer in Health Management at the School of Population Health. His main area of research expertise and interest is in patient and medication safety, particularly examining the social determinants of safe practices. Ramesh completed his PhD at The University of Sydney in 2016, which focused on the development of educational interventions to enhance generational change in patient safety practices in the...view more

 Dr Ramesh Walpola is a pharmacist and Lecturer in Health Management at the School of Population Health. His main area of research expertise and interest is in patient and medication safety, particularly examining the social determinants of safe practices. Ramesh completed his PhD at The University of Sydney in 2016, which focused on the development of educational interventions to enhance generational change in patient safety practices in the pharmacy setting. He was awarded the FIP Young Pharmacist Award for Professional Innovation in 2012 in recognition of the novelty of this work. Following his PhD, he worked in a number of clinical research roles, including a multi-centre deprescribing randomized controlled trial, development of inter-professional student-led clinics and a review of the junior undergraduate pharmacy practice curriculum at The University of Sydney. Ramesh’s current research spans a number of areas including patient and medication safety in primary, secondary and aged care settings, safety culture, health professional education and change management.


My Grants

International Pharmaceutical Federation Young Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Scientist Award for Professional Innovation 2012 

Awarded for: The development and evaluation of a peer-led patient safety education program

 

UNSW Sydney, School of Public Health and Community Medicine Grant Building Support Scheme 2019

Awarded for: Refugee health facilitator program: evaluating scope, scalability and outcomes

 

UNSW Business Health@Business Research Network and UNSW Medicine Collaborative Seed Funding 2020

Awarded for: Who knows what’s in your medicine? Harmful excipients in medication and the overlooked consequences for public health in Australia

 

UNSW Business Health@Business Research Network and UNSW Medicine Collaborative Seed Funding 2020

Awarded for: Translation and change: Embedding effective change management in health

 

UNSW Sydney, School of Public Health and Community Medicine Grant Building Support Scheme 2020

Awarded for:  Understanding the needs of informal caregivers in managing medicines for people receiving cancer treatment


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Pharmacy (The University of Sydney) 

Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Sydney)


My Awards

International Pharmaceutical Federation Young Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Scientist Award for Professional Innovation 2012 

Awarded for: The development and evaluation of a peer-led patient safety education program


My Engagement

Member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation Patient Safety Working Group

 

Member of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Safety Culture Working Group


My Teaching

PHCM 9391 Strategy, Policy and Change

PHCM 9748 Clinical Governance and Risk Management

 

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Location

Room 232, Level 2, Samuels Building

Contact

+61-2-9385 1136