Associate Professor Rohan Rasiah

Associate Professor Rohan Rasiah

Associate Professor

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy (Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise

With the establishment of the Clinical Skills Unit in Pharmacy, I have been actively developing interprofessional research collaborations with medicine, nursing and allied to investigate the role of simulated learning environments in health the teaching of health care.   This area of research is in collaboration with the School of Design, Communications an Information Technology, University of New castle and the School of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania. Current research is examining the usability of a virtual pharmacy that uses serous gaming approaches.  I am working with the University Department of Rural Health in Tamworth to investigate the delivery of interprofessional clinical skills to students and qualified health professions in rural and remote Australia.  In addition to SLE research I am focused on developing models for pharmacy practice, in particular in Community Pharmacy.  One area of interest is the role of Personalized Healthcare and Pharmacogenomics in Community Pharmacy Practice and the effects on psychological performance of pharmacists when under stress.


Teaching Expertise

Upon commencing my academic position at the University of Newcastle, I have designed, written and delivered a number of lectures across all aspects of the program, including Pharmacotherapeutic, pharmacy practice, forensics, ethics, extemporaneous dispensing and clinical skills development.  I have introduced a number of innovative teaching practices, in particular with the introduction of the Clinical Skills unit.  This unit is equipped with a number of anatomical models, hospital beds and video cameras to assist with teaching.  The unit has been designed to allow problem based learning using technology and allow interaction between students.  In 2014, the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program was commenced.  I am the current Program Convenor of this program, which has been designed to develop the students’ knowledge of pharmacy practice through the development of a thorough science base, including chemistry, the human biosciences, mathematics, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and then integrating this knowledge with professional practice through the use of simulation and work integrated learning


Administrative Expertise
Head of Discipline and Pharmacy Program Convenor at JCU (2001-2002) and University of Newcastle (2006) Program Convenor (University of Newcastle 2007- ) A/Director of Mt Isa Hospital Pharmacy (2005) Therapeutics Advisory Service and Research Team Leader, Mater Pharmacy Services (1996-2000)

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Tasmania
  • Registered Pharmacist, Pharmacists Board of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), University of Tasmania

Keywords

  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Therapeutics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice 80
111502 Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2000 - 1/08/2005 Senior Lecturer James Cook University
Pharmacy, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Molecular Sciences
Australia
1/07/1996 - 1/12/2000 Clinical Pharmacist Mater Hospitals, Brisbane
Australia

Invitations

External Reviewer - Programs

Year Title / Rationale
2007 External Reviewer
Organisation: new Zealand and Australian Pharmacy Schools Accreditation Committee Description: External Reviewer of UWA MPharm program - provisional Acceditation
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Publications

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


Journal article (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Cooper J, Hookham G, Nesbitt KV, Rasiah RL, 'Developing a Virtual Tour of a Community Pharmacy for use in Education', IT in Industry, 2 33-37 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, Joyce Cooper
2011 Gilligan C, Outram S, Rasiah RL, Cooper J, 'Exploring the attitudes of pharmacy students to clinical communications training', Focus on Health Professional Education, 13 25-36 (2011) [C1]
Co-authors Joyce Cooper, Sue Outram, Conor Gilligan
2010 Peterson GM, Fitzmaurice KD, Rasiah RL, Kruup H, 'Marketing of rural and remote pharmacy practice via the digital medium', Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 35 409-414 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2009.01110.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2010 Peterson GM, Fitzmaurice KD, Kruup H, Jackson SL, Rasiah RL, 'Cardiovascular risk screening program in Australian community pharmacies', Pharmacy World & Science, 32 373-380 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11096-010-9379-8
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 9
2004 Jackson SL, Bereznicki LR, Peterson GM, Marsden KA, Jupe DM, Vial JH, et al., 'Accuracy and clinical usefulness of the near-patient testing CoaguCheck S international normalised ratio monitor in rural medical practice', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 12 137-142 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1854.2004.00585.x
Citations Scopus - 22
2004 Vanghan F, Rasiah RL, 'Immunisation and the cold chain', Australian Pharmacist, 23 388-390 (2004) [C3]
2003 Peterson GM, Naunton M, Rasiah RL, 'Pharmacy students career aspirations and attitudes towards their chosen profession', Australian Pharmacist, 22 391-397 (2003) [C1]
2001 Chuan FS, Charles BG, Boyle RK, Rasiah RL, 'Population pharmacokinetics of magnesium in preeclampsia', Am J Obstet Gynecol, 185(3) 593-599 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2001 Hussein R, Charles BG, Morris RG, Rasiah RL, 'Population pharmacokinetics of perhexiline from very sparse, routine monitoring data', THERAPEUTIC DRUG MONITORING, 23 636-643 (2001)
DOI 10.1097/00007691-200112000-00007
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 11
1999 Bernus I, Roberts MS, Rasiah RL, Mortimer RH, 'Statistical moments for placental transfer of solutes in man', JOURNAL OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACOLOGY, 51 1381-1389 (1999)
DOI 10.1211/0022357991777209
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
1997 Rasiah RL, Addison RS, Roberts MS, Mortimer RH, 'An isolated perfused human placental lobule model for multiple indicator dilution studies', JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGICAL AND TOXICOLOGICAL METHODS, 38 19-25 (1997)
DOI 10.1016/S1056-8719(97)00032-4
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
1997 Westhuyzen J, Graham SD, Rasiah RL, Saltissi D, 'Simplified sizing of low-density lipoprotein using polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis of plasma', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY, 35 17-19 (1997)
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
1993 MACPHERSON RD, RASIAH RL, MCLEOD LJ, 'PROPOFOL ATTENUATES THE MYOGENIC RESPONSE OF VASCULAR SMOOTH-MUSCLE', ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA, 76 822-829 (1993)
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 12
1992 MACPHERSON RD, RASIAH RL, MCLEOD LJ, 'INTRAARTERIAL PROPOFOL IS NOT DIRECTLY TOXIC TO VASCULAR ENDOTHELIUM', ANESTHESIOLOGY, 76 967-971 (1992)
DOI 10.1097/00000542-199206000-00016
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 22
1991 MACPHERSON RD, MCLEOD LJ, RASIAH RL, 'MYOGENIC RESPONSE OF ISOLATED PRESSURIZED RABBIT EAR ARTERY IS INDEPENDENT OF ENDOTHELIUM', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY, 260 H779-H784 (1991)
Citations Web of Science - 32
1991 MacPherson RD, McLeod LJ, Rasiah RL, 'Myogenic response of isolated pressurized rabbit ear artery is independent of endothelium', American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 260 H779-H784 (1991)

Central ear artery segments, removed from urethan-anesthetized rabbits, were used to assess whether distention activation was dependent on intact and functional endothelium (ENDO)... [more]

Central ear artery segments, removed from urethan-anesthetized rabbits, were used to assess whether distention activation was dependent on intact and functional endothelium (ENDO). Changes in external arterial diameter were measured with light-dependent diode array mounted above the vessel. After constriction with norepinephrine, slow increases in pressure from 60 to 80 or 100 mmHg performed over 120 s (pressure ramps) failed to initiate distension, but initial diameter was maintained. Rapidly applied (500 ms) pressure increases (pressure jumps) across same pressure ranges gave rise to initial distention and a myogenic response resulting in a return to almost initial diameter while new pressure was maintained for 120 s. Myogenic activity was measured from extent of recovery of vessel to its initial diameter during maintenance of pressure jumps or ramps. Rapid jumps and slow ramps were performed in presence of an intact ENDO and again after ENDO was removed by passage of intraluminal gas. With pressure jumps 60 to 80 mmHg, degree of recovery in ENDO-denuded vessels was 91.9% compared with 89.5% in ENDO intact vessels. For pressure jumps 60 to 100 mmHg, extent of recovery was 87.4 and 89.6%. During application of pressure ramps of 20 or 40 mmHg, vessel diameter did not increase by >5%. There are no significant differences in these data, and we conclude that myogenic response in rabbit ear artery is mediated independently of endothelial-derived factors, irrespective of whether myogenic activation is induced by pressure jumps or ramps.

Citations Scopus - 20
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hookham G, Nesbitt K, Cooper J, Croft H, Rasiah R, 'Gamification for education: Designing a pharmacy education game', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2015)

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. A key motivator for the use of serious games has been the notion that ¿gamification¿ provides users with an additional lev... [more]

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. A key motivator for the use of serious games has been the notion that ¿gamification¿ provides users with an additional level of engagement. This study examines a traditional model of usability in terms of engagement and efficacy, presenting the results obtained from a formative evaluation of a serious game prototype that has been developed to assist in pharmacy education.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, Joyce Cooper
2015 Hunter SM, Johnston CL, Rasiah R, Roberts E, O'Toole G, MacDonald-Wicks L, et al., 'Using healthy ageing as a vehicle for interprofessional education', 6th International Clinical Skills Conference. Abstracts (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Gjyn Otoole, Cath Johnston, Lesley Wicks, Elysa Roberts, Sharyn Hunter
2014 Croft H, Rasiah R, Cooper J, Nesbitt K, 'Comparing Animation with Video For Teaching Communication Skills', Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1145/2677758.2677777
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, Joyce Cooper
2014 Hookham G, Cooper J, Rasiah R, Croft H, Nesbitt K, 'Efficacy and Usability in the Design of a Pharmacy Education Game', ENTERTAINMENT COMPUTING - ICEC 2014 (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Joyce Cooper, Keith Nesbitt
2010 Cooper J, Gilligan C, Outram S, Rasiah RL, 'Communication skills training in health programs at the University of Newcastle, Australia', International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Joyce Cooper, Sue Outram, Conor Gilligan
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Croft H, Nesbitt KV, Rasiah R, Cooper J, Arrighi G, Joyce B, McGuire B, Communication Scenario: Over the Counter Dispensing of the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (Video and Animation - in 3 parts), Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, Gillian Arrighi, Joyce Cooper
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $834,342

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20043 grants / $608,308

Establishment of a Paramedical Academic within a UDRH $300,000

Funding body: Queensland Government and Queensland Ambulance Service

Funding body Queensland Government and Queensland Ambulance Service
Project Team
Scheme Budget cycle 2004
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Establishment of an Innovative Rural and Remote Pharmacy Practice Network (RRPPN) $164,035

Funding body: Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Funding body Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Establishment of a Pharmacist's Virtual Community to provide for the communication, reporting, recording and education needs of rural and remote pharmacists $144,273

Funding body: Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Funding body Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20033 grants / $226,034

PHARM (Pharmacy-based Heart Assessment and Referral Methodology): a program to tackle coronary heart disease in the Australian community$165,000

Funding body: Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Funding body Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Innovative marketing of rural and remote pharmacy practice via the digital medium$31,350

Funding body: Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Funding body Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Study reimbursements scholarships for rural pharmacy undergraduate students - a scoping project$29,684

Funding body: Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Funding body Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD On 'Being First': Navigating Aspirations and Pathways to Higher Education for First in Family School Students
PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Identifying the Impact Factors Affecting Pharmacist Performance to Develop a Best-Practice Model for Pharmaceutical Care Delivery
PhD (Pharmacy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Assessment of Potential Drug and Gene Interactions from High-Throughput Genotyping Data in a Community Cohort of Older Australians
PhD (Pharmacy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011 PhD Evidence-Based Reimbursement Decision-Making in Asia-Pacific Region: Transferability of the Economic Evaluation Between Different Jurisdictions
PhD(Experimental Pharmacology), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Rohan Rasiah

Position

Associate Professor
Pharmacy
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology

Contact Details

Email rohan.rasiah@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5691
Fax (02) 4921 7903

Office

Room MS109
Building Medical Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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