Grants Committee

The JM O’Hara Research Fund Grants Committee comprises the following members —


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Professor Carol Bower – Chair

Carol is Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute. She has qualifications in medicine, epidemiology and public health.  Her research has a strong focus on investigating causes and effects of birth defects, on translating research findings into public health policy and practice and on evaluating the effectiveness of that translation.  Leading examples are the prevention of neural tube defects (promoting periconceptional folic acid supplement use and mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid) and research on prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Valuable collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of WA was established during the research on health promotion of folic acid supplementation. Carol’s knowledge and expertise in health research and the translation of research into practice will be of great benefit to the JMOHRF GC.

Carol was inducted into the WA Science Hall of Fame in 2019 in recognition of her lifelong contribution to child health and particularly her research on folate and neural tube defects.

Professor Lynne Emmerton

Lynne Emmerton has been a member of the JMOHRF Grants Committee since 2012. She is a Teaching and Research Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University, with 26 years of experience in four universities. Her research passions are professional practice and the safe and effective use of medicines in the community, through trials of specialist services by pharmacists, medicines utilisation reviews, safety and quality initiatives, and study of health literacy, privacy, enhanced relationships between health professionals and consumers, non-prescription medicines, and consumer behaviour. She has authored 124 peer-reviewed research outputs and 240 non-reviewed articles and conference presentations, and has contributed to ~$8M of funded research since 1993.

Dr Kim Watkins

Kim is a highly motivated professional who is committed to making a difference in everything that she does. As a pharmacist and clinician, she aims to improve patient health outcomes. As a pharmacy proprietor, Kim has sought to be a role model by demonstrating the economic viability and sustainability of professional practice. As a teacher, she has tried to pass on her knowledge, experience and passion to the next generations of pharmacists, so that they might effectively assist patients and be innovators in the profession. As a researcher, Kim is inspired by the idea that translation of research can create meaningful changes in practice and policy that may benefit all in society. As an advocate for pharmacy, Kim has an awareness that the isolation of the profession can inhibit our role as collaborators in multidisciplinary healthcare teams. Through extensive networking, Kim hopes to improve awareness of the role and skills of pharmacists. Her aspiration is to impact on the under-utilised potential of the profession, to improve patient health. 

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Wesley Williams

Wesley is a pharmacist with over 20 years’ experience.  He has practised in hospitals, aged care facilities, GP surgeries and community pharmacies around Australia and overseas.  He has also been involved with the development of pharmacy services according to the standards of a private health insurance provider.  At present, he is the owner of a community pharmacy in Joondanna." 

Natalia Popowicz

Natalia is an academic pharmacist at the University of Western Australia and a clinical pharmacist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with over 13 years of experience working in Respiratory Medicine. She is passionate about translational research that can directly influence patient care and is actively involved in both clinical and laboratory research. Outside her clinical and research roles, Natalia is committed to teaching and inspiring future pharmacists.

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Belinda Frank

Belinda is a Research Officer at the Consumer and Community Health Research Network; supporting researchers to work in partnership with consumer and community members to make decisions about health research priorities, policy and practice.  Belinda has worked and volunteered in the health advocacy and not-for-profit sectors for over 17 years, she is passionate about the inclusion of the community voice in research. Belinda is currently a member on state and national health research and advocacy committees.