Dr Anne Knight

Senior Lecturer

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary

Biography

I have worked as a General and Respiratory Physician in Taree in rural NSW for the past 25years. I hold a Visiting Medical Officer Appointment at Manning Hospital, and also work as a Consultant Physician in private practice. I  supervise and teach Junior Medical Officers and Physician Trainees in the hospital, as well as coordinating the Medicine Rotations for 4th and 5th Year Medical Students at the Manning Rural Clinical School in Taree. The Rural Clinical School has 24+ year-long senior medical students and oversees their clinical placements. As part of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, there is a focus on interprofessional education, and I enjoy collaborating with Academic and Clinical staff from other health disciplines. I have a particular interest in Drugs and Therapeutics, both locally, and more broadly having been a member of the Editorial Executive Committee of the journal "Australian Prescriber" since 2008 (Chair 2014-2016).

The clinical education of students and junior medical staff in a rural setting has always been a challenging and rewarding part of my work. I was the Director of Clinical Training (now known as Director of Prevocational Education and Training) at Manning Hospital from 1992-1998, Member of the Workforce and Allocation Commitee of the Post-graduate Medical Council of NSW from 1998-2004, and I am a surveyor for prevocational training for HETI. I have been Chair of the General Clinical Training Committee at Manning Hospital since 2004. I served as Clinical Dean of the Manning Rural Clinical School from 2014-2015.  In 2017 I was appointed NSW Rural Representative on the IMSANZ (Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand) Council.

I am a member of the Research Advisory Team of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health. My research interest is medication management particularly in a rural context.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Hons), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney

Keywords

  • medication management
  • medication reconciliation
  • oxygen therapy

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111502 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 100

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1992 -  Visiting Medical Officer - Senior Specialis Physician Hunter New England Area Health Service
Medicine Manning Hospital
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 'Comment: Farewell to print', Australian Prescriber, 39 (2016)
DOI 10.18773/austprescr.2016.043
2014 Gunathilake R, Lowe D, Wills J, Knight A, Braude P, 'Implementation of a multicomponent intervention to optimise patient safety through improved oxygen prescription in a rural hospital', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH, 22 328-333 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12115
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Gunathilake R, Boyce LE, Knight AT, 'Pregabalin-associated rhabdomyolysis', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 199 624-625 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.5694/mja13.10769
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
2013 Boyce LE, Knight AT, 'Audit of general practitioner medication lists for older patients at a regional hospital', Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 43 105-108 (2013) [C1]

Background: Complete medication reconciliation is often difficult to achieve, particularly in the emergency department (ED). General practitioner (GP) medication lists may be used... [more]

Background: Complete medication reconciliation is often difficult to achieve, particularly in the emergency department (ED). General practitioner (GP) medication lists may be used by some doctors for charting medications. Aim: To determine the discrepancies in the medication history information between GP medication lists and the actual medication usage of older patients admitted via a regional ED. Method: A clinical audit was conducted over a 2-week period at a small regional hospital. Patients 65 years and over, taking 3 or more medications prior to admission, admitted via the ED and with a national inpatient medication chart (NIMC) prepared by a medical officer were identified. Eligible patients were provided with medication reconciliation by a pharmacist. Discrepancies between the medication history obtained by the pharmacist, the GP medication list and the NIMC were assessed. The clinical significance of the discrepancies were classified using a severity assessment code matrix. Results: 48 patients were eligible and 75% had 1 or more discrepancy in their GP medication list. Almost half of the discrepancies were related to non-current medications being recorded. Potential clinical significance of the discrepancies in 19% of patients was 'moderate' or 'major'. Conclusion: While a GP medication list is a useful tool in the medication reconciliation process, it is not a complete representation of the patient's medications prior to admission.

Citations Scopus - 3
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Wilkin M, Knight A, Boyce L, 'An audit of medication information in electronic discharge summaries for older patients discharged from medical wards at a regional hospital' (2016)
2013 Boyce LE, Knight A, 'Audit of medication lists for elderly patients admitted to a regional hospital', Proceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Alliance Conference 2013 (2013) [E3]
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Dr Anne Knight

Position

Senior Lecturer
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email anne.knight@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40551900
Mobile 0419314597

Office

Building Manning Education Centre
Location Manning Education Centre

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