Overview

Current Work

Amanda Wheeler is Professor of Mental Health at Griffith University. She is a registered pharmacist who has worked as a health practitioner, educator and researcher in mental health and pharmacy practice for almost 20 years. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in these areas. Her research focuses on quality improvement, professional practice, workforce development and capacity building. These themes come together with the common goal of improving outcomes for consumers and carers and are integrated across the full scope of her work.  

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Expertise Keywords

  • Chronic disease management
  • Community engagement
  • Health services research
  • Mental health
  • Mental health services(Queensland)
  • Pharmacy

Subject Area Codes

  • Health and Community Services
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified

Country Affiliations

  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 132 (Other: 132)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Dissertation Part 3 (8200HSV_P3)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Dissertation Part 2 (8200HSV_P2)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Dissertation Part 1 (8200HSV_P1)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Dissertation Part 2 (8200HSV_P2)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation Part 1 (8200HSV_P1)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation Part 1 (8200HSV_P1)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Comorbidity in Mental Health (7052HSV)
    Supervisor, Online, Logan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Comorbidity in Mental Health (7052HSV)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Cons, Carer, & Comm Eng in MH (7036HSV)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Logan Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Cons, Carer, & Comm Eng in MH (7036HSV)
    Supervisor, Mixed Model, Logan Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Cons, Carer, & Comm Eng in MH (7036HSV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Cons, Carer, & Comm Eng in MH (7036HSV)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Cons, Carer, & Comm Eng in MH (7036HSV)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Logan Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Cons, Carer, & Comm Eng in MH (7036HSV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2011.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

In recognition of my growing track record in supervision and mentoring in the academic setting, I have recently been appointed by Griffith University as Higher Degree Research (HDR) Convenor for my School. I also currently mentor/supervise 2 postdoctoral fellows, 2 consumer research assistants, 2 academic researchers, 1 PhD, 3 MPhil and 2 Nottingham University MPharm students. Since being awarded my PhD (2009) I have successfully supervised 2 PhD, 8 Masters and 33 Honours students (32 students in 6 research groups) to completion. Prior to this, in my honorary clinical appointment at Auckland University (2002-2009), I co-supervised 1 Masters, and 38 pharmacy Honours students in 8 groups. My first PhD student was appointed to a Research Fellow position in the Griffith School of Medicine, and another is working with me as a postdoctoral fellow. Both students were supported with scholarships that I had built into the budgets of two Australian Department of Health research grants. I have secured grant-related scholarship funding for a hospital pharmacist to undertake an MPhil in a Brisbane tertiary health setting. In my clinical role I have mentored 2 health practitioners undertaking their PhD research; both have gone on to enjoy highly successful academic careers at the University of Queensland and Massey University (NZ) respectively. My HDR students are predominantly mature individuals, employed as health practitioners and studying part-time; hence they must balance work, study and family/carer responsibilities. My supervision/mentoring approach is thus flexible in terms of scheduling and communication e.g. using skype, teleconferencing and email, in addition to traditional face-to-face meetings. I encourage all my research students to publish and present their work; 25 peer-reviewed publications and 8 oral/poster conference presentations to date demonstrate my success in this regard.

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Bio

Amanda Wheeler is Professor of Mental Health at Griffith University. She is a registered pharmacist who has worked as a health practitioner, educator and researcher in mental health and pharmacy practice for almost 20 years. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in these areas. Her research focuses on quality improvement, professional practice, workforce development and capacity building. These themes come together with the common goal of improving outcomes for consumers and carers and are integrated across the full scope of her work.

Professor Wheeler was awarded her PhD late in her professional career (in 2009) whilst working full-time and followed a non-traditional career path, establishing a highly successful research centre in a public health service in NZ that she directed for over 10 years. The centre was primarily self-funding from the award of competitive and consultancy research grants of over $2.5 million NZD.
Since moving to Australia in December 2010 Professor Wheeler’s international profile and reputation has contributed to ongoing success in securing highly competitive national research funding with three grants totalling almost $4 million.
 

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 2004 - 2009
  • BPharm Bachelor Of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 1987 - 1989
  • BS Bachelor of Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 1984 - 1986

Academic experience

  • Professor, Mental Health, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, Queensland Australia 2012 - Present
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland 2010 - Present
  • Associate Professor, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia 2010 - 2012
  • Visiting Fellow, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. 2000 - Present
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland 2002 - 2010

Awards and Honours

  • Griffith Health 2014 Research Excellence Awards (Excellence of a Research Group), Griffith University, Queensland 2015
  • Griffith Health Excellence Awards (Outstanding Research Success and Work in the area, Griffith University, Queensland 2013
  • John Dobson Memorial Prize (Oral Presentation), Cutting Edge 7th National Alcohol, Drug and Addiction Treatment Conference, Nelson 2002
  • The Eli Lilly Schizophrenia Annual Research Awards, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research 2003
  • Clinical Achievement Award (First Place Poster Presentation - Research), Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland 2005
  • Dennis Pickup Clinical Teacher Award, University of Auckland, Auckland 2005
  • Clinical Achievement Award (Highly Commended Research), Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland 2006
  • Peoples Choice Award (Poster), District Health Board Research Fund: Innovations for Health Workshop, Wellington 2007
  • Oral Presentation Award, UK Psychiatric Pharmacy 33rd Annual Conference, Reading UK 2008
  • Delegate Choice Award (Poster), Medical Education Meeting, Copenhagen 2010
  • Edson Prize in Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin 1986
  • Syd Little Memorial Prize for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, University of Otago, Dunedin 1989
  • Adis Press Award for Drug Information and Literature Evaluation, University of Otago, Dunedin 1989
  • Clinical Achievement Award (Poster Prize), Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland 2001
  • Clinical Achievement Award (First Place Oral Presentation), Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland 2002
  • Best Overall Paper, New Zealand Healthcare Pharmacists Conference, Christchurch, NZ 2002
  • Health Excellence Awards (Excellence in Research or Technology Poster Awards), Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland 2012

Professional experience

  • Director, Clinical Research & Resource Centre, Mental Health and Addictions, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand 1998 - 2010
  • Clinical Specialist Pharmacist (Mental Health), Community Forensic Mental Health Team, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand 1998 - 2010
  • Mental Health Pharmacist (Community and Acute Care), Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand 1995 - 1998
  • Manager Outpaitent Dispensary/Clinical Pharmacist Mental Health, St James University Hospital, NHS Trust, Leeds, United Kingdom 1992 - 1994
  • Pharmacist, Carrington Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand 1990 - 1992
  • Intern Pharmacist, Greenlane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand 1989 - 1990

Internal service roles

  • Higher Degree by Research Convenor, Higher Degree by Research Convenor, Griffith Health (HSV), Griffith University 2016 -
  • Deputy Director, Population and Social Health Research Program. Menzies Health Insitute Queensland, Griffith University 2014 - 2015
  • Committee Member (nominated), Promotions Committee, Health Group, Griffith University 2012 - 2015

External service roles

  • Committee Member, Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee, Brisbane, Queensland 2011 - 2016
  • Member of Industry Leaders Workgroup, Community Mental Health Workforce Strategy, Health and Community Services Workforce Council and Queensland Alliance for Mental Health 2011 - 2014
  • Management Committee Member, Health LinQ, Population Health Research Netwrok (Queensladn branch) 2011 - 2014
  • Member, Clinical Reform Project, Mental Health Directoratea nd Gold Coast Mental Health Service, Queensland Health 2010 - 2010
  • Member of Reserach and Innovation Working Party, Waitemata District Health Board 2009 - 2010
  • Member, Pharmacist Prescribing Collaboration of Australia and New Zealand 2009 - 2014
  • Facilitator, Professinal Development and Accreditation Working Group, Mental Health Pharmacists SPeial Interst Group of NZ Healthcare Pharmacists Association 2007 - 2010
  • Professional Liaison Committee Member (NZ subcommittee), Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2007 - 2010
  • Clozaril Advisory Board Member, Novartis NZ Ltd 2005 - 2006
  • Advisory Board Member, Glaxo-Wellcome NZ. Ltd 2003 - 2003

Editorial roles

  • Editorial Board Member, The Patient: Patient Reported Outcomes 2015 -
  • Editorial Executive Committee guest member, Australian Prescriber 2016 -

External advisory roles

  • appointed Chair, Person Centred Clinical Pharmacy Group, Eurpoean Society for Person Centred Healthcare, Italy 2015 -
  • Ministerial appointed member, Advisory COmmitee on Medicines Scheduling, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia 2015 -

Professional memberships

  • Distinguished Fellow, European Society for Person Centred Healthcare 2015 -
  • Member, Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency 2011 -
  • Member, College of Mental Health Pharmacists, United Kingdom 2008 -
  • Member, Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs 2005 -
  • Member, Pharmacy Council of New Zealand 1990 -

Government representation roles

  • Advisory Board Member, 2015 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Theraputic Goods, Medicines Scheduling 2015 - Present