Ms Myfanwy Graham

Ms Myfanwy Graham

Associate Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology)

ACRE researcher awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarship

  • Myfanwy Graham will head to the U.S. in 2022 to undertake a binational comparison of medicinal cannabis policy and patient outcomes.
  • Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.
  • Established in 1945, a Fulbright award is more than a scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilised, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”

A NSW Health Principal Pharmacist is the latest recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, and the first in her field to be awarded the opportunity.

Myfanwy Graham is Principal Specialist Medicines Information Pharmacist for the NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service and researcher with the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE).

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Professor Jennifer Martin, Director of ACRE, said this influential opportunity puts Ms Graham’s career on an entirely new trajectory.

“The Fulbright Scholarship is held in high esteem by international researchers,” Professor Martin said.

“Myf is the first Australian in her field to be awarded this opportunity. We are immensely proud to see an Australian health researcher recognised by her international peers and, of course, proud that she is part of the team at ACRE and the University of Newcastle.”

For Ms Graham, the award is a significant achievement, consolidating years of work to implement ‘real-world projects’ that draw together leading researchers and showcase Australia’s research achievements.

“Building mutual research linkages between Australia and the United States helps to bring together leading researchers in this space and helps us deliver research results into clinical practice,” Ms Graham said.

“Our research looks at patient outcomes, current clinical practice, and policies and regulations in the U.S. and Australia. Strong research collaborations in the space have the potential to produce important change - not just clinically, but more broadly as well. When you have brilliant researchers working around the world, the impact of bringing them together can be immense.

“I want to help draw together the communities of researchers around the world to consolidate the dedicated work we all do and build on it so we can learn and share knowledge because, at the heart of it, it all comes back to the patient and the hope that translating this research can help patients and their families.”

In heading to the US in 2022, Ms Graham is retracing her mother’s footsteps.

“'As a child, I lived and attended school in the US for a year while my mother was working as an exchange teacher. It was then that I developed a life-long love of meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and this is a large part of why I am drawn to collaborative research in the US,” she said.

“A significant part of the Fulbright scholarship is the cultural ambassador component so my family will also have the opportunity to be immersed in a different culture and take on an ambassadorial role for Australia.”

Ms Graham will be heading to Los Angeles in 2022 and working with Professor Rosalie Pacula, the Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Health Policy, Economics Law in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy Economics at the University of Southern California (USC).

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ACRE researcher awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarship

Myfanwy Graham is Principal Specialist Medicines Information Pharmacist for the NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service and researcher with the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE).

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Career Summary

Biography

Collaborative research with impact

Myfanwy is an associate investigator with the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE) a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence. Myfanwy has collaboratively developed several medicinal cannabis research projects and contributed to a suite of NSW cannabis medicine prescribing guidance documents.

Myfanwy's research interests include medicinal cannabis, medical and allied health professional education, complementary and integrative medicine, pharmacovigilance, and personalised medicine.  

Clinical role - Knowledge translation

Myfanwy is the principal specialist medicines information pharmacist of the New South Wales Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service (CMAS), a first of kind in the world, Australian State government-funded cannabis medicines advisory service for health professionals. The role involves the provision of advice regarding medicinal cannabis and engagement with key internal and external stakeholders. Myfanwy has collaboratively developed and provided subject matter expert review of several state and national medicinal cannabis educational resources.

Multidisciplinary teaching experience

Myfanwy has worked in multi-disciplinary health professional training and education since 2009.  Myfanwy primarily teaches into the Joint Medical Program in the areas of Problem Based Learning and Clinical Skills. Myfanwy also delivers pharmacology and integrative health lectures in the Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery degrees.


Qualifications

  • Master of Pharmacy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • cannabinoids
  • cannabis medicines
  • health professional education
  • personalised medicine
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacovigilance

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
321402 Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics 60
321403 Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice 20
321406 Pharmacogenomics 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
31/7/2020 -  Member - The Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Australia
1/1/2006 -  Member - Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/1/2018 -  Principal Specialist Medicines Information Pharmacist NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
31/7/2018 -  Associate Lecturer in Medical Education School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia
1/1/2017 - 31/12/2021 Sessional Academic The University of Newcastle - School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia
31/3/2009 - 31/12/2016 Associate Lecturer School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2006 Faculty of Health Medal
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
2004 Academic Achievement Award
Southern Cross University

Professional

Year Award
2020 NSW Regional Health Partners Knowledge Translation Fellowship
NSW Regional Health Partners
2020 Faculty of Health and Medicine ThinkWell EMCR Development Program for 2020
University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2021 SMPH ECR/MCR Best New Project Award
University of Newcastle

Scholarship

Year Award
2021 Fulbright NSW Postgraduate Scholarship
Australian-American Fulbright Association
2000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship
Southern Cross University

Invitations

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2020 ACRE Annual Scientific Meeting Panel Participant
2019 The 2nd International Annual Congress on Controversies on Cannabis-Based Medicines

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2022 The 3rd International Annual Congress on Controversies on Cannabis-Based Medicines
2021 ConPharm 2021 17th Annual Consultant Clinical Pharmacy Seminar
2021 Renal Society of Australasia 2021 Annual Conference
2018 National Directors of Pharmacy Forum
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Publications

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


Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Hallinan CM, Eden E, Graham M, Greenwood L-M, Mills J, Popat A, et al., 'Over the counter low-dose cannabidiol: A viewpoint from the ACRE Capacity Building Group', JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, (2021)
DOI 10.1177/02698811211035394
2020 Graham M, Lucas CJ, Schneider J, Martin JH, Hall W, 'Translational hurdles with cannabis medicines', PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY AND DRUG SAFETY, 29 1325-1330 (2020)
DOI 10.1002/pds.4999
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Catherine Lucas, Jennifer Schneider, Jen Martin
2015 Graham M, Daneshi N, Rasiah RL, Heidari M, milward, 'Personalised medicine: The mother-infant pharmacogenomics of codeine', Australian Pharmacist, 34 62-66 (2015)
Co-authors Liz Milward
2015 Daneshi N, Graham ME, Milward ADRIENNEELIZABETHLIZ, 'An update on warfarin pharmacogenomics Part 1 of 2', Australian Pharmacist, 34 52-56 (2015) [C2]
Co-authors Liz Milward
2015 Graham ME, Milward ADRIENNEELIZABETHLIZ, 'Pharmacogenomics, personalised healthcare and herbal medicine - a paradoxical combination?', Australian Pharmacist, (2015) [C3]
Co-authors Liz Milward
2015 Daneshi N, Graham ME, Biswas M, Milward AE, 'Gene Scene - Health's New Frontier', Australian Pharmacist, (2015) [C2]
Co-authors Liz Milward
2015 Milward AE, Daneshi N, Graham M, 'An update on warfarin pharmacogenomics - part 2', Australian Pharmacist, (2015)
Co-authors Liz Milward
2014 Graham M, Milward AE, 'The future of personalised healthcare in pharmacy practice', Australian Pharmacist, (2014)
Co-authors Liz Milward
2014 Shahandeh A, Purushothuman S, Martin K, Graham M, Johnstone DM, Milward EA, 'Anti-oxidant Phytochemicals As Potential Treatments For Age-Related Macular Degeneration.', Journal of Antioxidant Activity, 1 29-41 (2014)
DOI 10.14302/issn.2471-2140.jaa-14-616
Co-authors Liz Milward
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Graham M, Lucas C, Schneider J, Fizzell J, Brett J, Martin JH, 'Cannabis medicines - Absolutely Safe?', Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids, Barcelona, Spain (2019)
DOI 10.1159/000500623
Co-authors Jennifer Schneider, Jen Martin, Catherine Lucas
2019 Graham M, Lucas C, Galettis R, Martin J, 'Cannabis and Palliative Care Trials and Tribulations - on behalf of CARE NSW Investigators', London (2019)
Co-authors Catherine Lucas, Jen Martin
2019 Graham M, Williams A, Lucas C, Martin J, 'NSW Cannabis Medicine Advisory Service (CMAS) methodology and evolution', Queenstown, New Zealand (2019)
Co-authors Jen Martin, Catherine Lucas
2018 Lucas C, Schneider J, Renaud E, Fizzell J, Graham M, Cootes A, et al., 'Setting up the world's first drug information/medical advisory service for cannabinoid use for symptom control.', Brisbane (2018)
Co-authors Jen Martin, Catherine Lucas, Jennifer Schneider
2015 Daneshi N, Graham M, Holliday E, Schneider J, Kerr KP, Rasiah R, et al., 'Clinically actionable pharmacogenomic variants in community-dwelling older Australians.', ASMR XXIII NSW Scientific Meeting: Programme and Abstracts, Sydney (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Liz Holliday, Liz Milward, Jennifer Schneider, Rodney Scott, John Attia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $76,142

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20221 grants / $40,000

Fulbright NSW Postgraduate Scholarship$40,000

Funding body: Australian-American Fulbright Association

Funding body Australian-American Fulbright Association
Scheme Postgraduate
Role Lead
Funding Start 2022
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20211 grants / $5,000

FHEAM grant preparation support $5,000

Funding body: FHEAM grant preparation support

Funding body FHEAM grant preparation support
Project Team

Myfanwy Graham, Sonia Bird, Dr Catherine Lucas, Associate Professor Jennifer Schneider, Professor Kathy Eagar, Professor Jennifer Martin

Scheme FHEAM grant preparation support
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20202 grants / $31,142

NSW CMAS Research Projects$29,142

Funding body: Hunter New England Health LHD, NSW Health

Funding body Hunter New England Health LHD, NSW Health
Project Team

Myfanwy Graham, Dr Catherine Lucas, Michelle Dobson, Edward Eden, Kelsey Maddison, Associate Professor Jennifer Schneider, Professor Jennifer Martin

Scheme NSW Health
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON N

NSW Regional Health Partners Knowledge Translation Fellowship$2,000

Funding body: NSW Regional Health Partners

Funding body NSW Regional Health Partners
Scheme Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON N
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Ms Myfanwy Graham

Positions

Associate Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Casual Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Casual Academic
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Focus area

Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology

Contact Details

Email myfanwy.graham@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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