About Associate Professor Tim Chen

Dr Chen’s main areas of research involve inter-professional collaboration between pharmacists and medical practitioners in medication review and mental health services.

Dr Chen - a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice – has experience as both a clinical hospital pharmacist and a community pharmacist. His main area of research focuses on the development of professional roles for pharmacists in collaboration with other health care professionals (eg Home Medicines Review). Other related research areas include interprofessional collaboration and mental health.

Dr Chen’s doctoral research involved the first major Australian study evaluating the role of the pharmacist in conducting Home Medicines Review (HMR) and interprofessional collaboration with medical practitioners. This research and his subsequent studies in HMR have helped inform a model for practice which has been taken up by the Commonwealth Government. Specifically $114 million has been allocated to establish a national HMR programme. This represents the first significant opportunity for pharmacists to be remunerated for providing a professional pharmaceutical service. Dr Chen is currently the main supervisor for six PhD candidates. He has completed supervision of two PhD, six M Pharm (Clin), four Grad Dip and 15 Honours students. Dr Chen has received research funds of approximately $2m, over thirteen major competitive peer reviewed research grants. In recognition of Dr Chen’s seminal work in HMR, he has been an invited speaker at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FIP) (Singapore 2001, Brazil 2006, China 2007, Switzerland 2008); Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005), The Helsinki Drug Research Congress (2006), the First Brazilian Symposium in Clinical Pharmacy (Brazil, 2006) and the 9th Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association Conference (Malaysia, 2007).  He has given invited seminars and run workshops at the University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, University of Helsinki and Kuopio University.

Dr Chen was awarded the medal for Young Pharmacist of the Year Excellence Award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (2001) in recognition of his research and teaching in Home Medicines Review.

Selected publications

  1. Castelino RL, Bajorek BV, Chen TF. Targeting Inappropriate Prescribing in the Elderly: A Review of the Impact of Pharmacy Services. Accepted Annals of Pharmacotherapy January 2009. 
  2. Ellitt GR, Brien JE, Aslani P, Chen TF. Quality patient care and pharmacists’ role in it continuity – a systematic review. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2009, 43(April):677-691. DOI 10.1345/aph.1L505 (published online 31st March 2009) 
  3. Nishtala P, McLachlan A, Bell S, Chen TF. Psychotropic prescribing in long-term care facilities: impact of medication reviews and educational interventions. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2008, 16(8):621-632. 
  4. Basger BJ, Chen TF, Moles RJ. Inappropriate medication use and prescribing indicators in the Australian elderly. Drugs and Aging, 2008, 25(9):777-793. 
  5. Chen TF, AC de Almeida Neto.Exploring elements of interprofessional collaboration between pharmacists and physcians in medication review. Pharmacy World and Science, 2007, 29:574-576. (Published online 4 May 2007 10.1007/s11096-007-9130-2). 
  6. Bell S, Potts R, Rose G, Chen TF. A Comparative Study of Consumer Participation in Mental Health Pharmacy Education. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy (Published Online 12 Sept 2006, www.theannals.com, DOI 10.1345/aph.1H163). 
  7. Bell S, Whitehead P, Aslani P, Sacker S, Chen T F. Design of an educational partnership between community pharmacists and consumer consultants in mental health care. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 2006, 70(2) Article 28. 
  8. Bell S, McLachlan AJ, Aslani P, Whitehead P, Chen TF. Community pharmacy services to optimise the use of medications for mental illness: a systematic review.  Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 2005, 2:29 (available at http://www.anzhealthpolicy.com/content/pdf/1743-8462-2-29.pdf). 
  9. Chen T, Crampton M, Krass I, Benrimoj S. Collaboration between community pharmacists and GPs – the medication review process. Journal of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 1999; 16:145-156.
  10. Chen T, Crampton M, Krass I, Benrimoj S. Collaboration between community pharmacists and GPs in innovative clinical pharmacy services – a conceptual model. Journal of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 1999; 16:134-144.