Defining and Supporting a Professional Role for Pharmacists in Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Dr. Carolina Ung of University of Macau and Dr. Joanna Harnett are conducting a study to obtain pharmacist opinions on their professional role in complementary medicines. The results of this survey will be used to inform key discussion points in a consensus process and a step towards developing an agreed and defined professional role for pharmacists in traditional and complementary medicines while establishing the support required for pharmacists to enact that role effectively. This is a public health matter implicating the quality and safe use of T&CM. The findings of this international survey contribute to the development of an international consensus regarding:
- professional role of pharmacists regarding T&CM
- support required to enact the role effectively and safely
More information about the study and a link to the survey can be found here.
Note: The study is entirely voluntary and is completed anonymously.
About the hosts:
Dr. Carolina Ung is currently an assistant professor in the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences at University of Macau, and at the Department of Public Health and Medicinal Administration, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Sydney School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Health Science (Health Informatics) at The University of Sydney and obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at University of Macau. Dr. Ung is a registered pharmacist in Australia and Macao, with extensive experiences in community pharmacy and drug regulatory agency. Her research work mainly falls within the following 4 areas:
– Regulatory science in medical and pharmaceutical products,
– Evidence base about traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine,
– Community health and chronic disease management and
– Social and administrative pharmacy
At present, she has published more than 70 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals and holds multiple editorial positions for peer-reviewed international SCI/SSCI journals. She is also the Secretary General of the Pharmaceutical Society of Macau since 2009, and the Secretary General of the Macao Society for Medicinal Administration.
Dr. Joanna Harnett holds a Bachelor and Master of Health Science (Complementary Medicine). She completed her PhD in 2013 in the field of nutritional pharmacology. Her PhD research explored the association between the gastrointestinal microbiome and coeliac disease. Joanna is a senior lecturer (complementary medicines) within the Faculty of Medicine Health at the University of Sydney’s Pharmacy School. Her teaching and research activity include: the appropriate and safe use of complementary medicine products, integrative medicine education and communication, and gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Joanna supervises higher degree research students in these three areas. Her teaching role includes the development and delivery of evidence-based complementary medicine education for undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacy students. Joanna is a fellow of the International Research Leadership Program at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. She currently serves on the board of the International Society for Traditional, Complementary, Integrative Medicine Research. She is a member of the Australian TGA Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines.
Ojashwi Giri is currently a candidate for Doctor of Pharmacy, class of 2024, at MCPHS University in Boston, MA. Currently working as a pharmacy intern, her experience has been heavily correlated with community pharmacy and serving the geriatric population. She will be serving as the APhA-ASP E-Board chair for Operation Diabetes at her respective chapter for the 2022-2023 academic year. In addition, she will also be completing her certificate for Precision Medicine facilitated by MCPHS University.
Currently, Ojashwi has assisted in this international survey as a US delegate to relay pharmacists’ perspective on traditional and complementary medicine. She hopes that this survey will be the driving force in defining and structuring support for a pharmacist’s role and responsibilities associated with T&CM.
As for future plans, Ojashwi anticipates upon graduation to pursue a residency in ambulatory care pharmacy.