The J M O’Hara Research Fund (JMOHRF) was established in 1976 and has been managed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia (PSWA) since its inception in accordance with the J M O’Hara Research Fund Deed. It is named in honour of John Michael O’Hara, a past President and long-serving member of the Society’s Council and one of Australia’s most prominent pharmacists —
The JMOHRF provides financial grants for Western Australian based research in pharmaceutical sciences or in any aspect of pharmacy practice to PSWA members and to encourage and promote studies designed to improve the practice of pharmacy. In addition, all members of the profession gain from the outcomes of research which is aimed at expanding knowledge in any branch of pharmaceutical science or in any aspect of the practice of pharmacy.
Funding for the JMOHRF comes from the Pharmacy 100 Club and other generous donations and bequests from individuals and corporate sponsors.
Several key projects recently funded by the JM O’Hara Research Fund include —
Point-of-Care C-Reactive Protein Test for Supporting the Management of Respiratory Tract Infections in Western Australian Community Pharmacy: A Feasibility Study
The Medicines Management Mapping Project: Using risk stratification and care coordination to bridge the care continuum gap
Determination of the prevalence and factors influencing the provision of enhanced and extended professional services by pharmacists in Western Australia
Enhancing primary care processes in community pharmacy
Medications for mental health
Deprescribing of medications
The J M O’Hara Research Fund (JMOHRF) provides assistance to PSWA members for WA based research in pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy practice and encourages and promotes studies designed to improve the practice of pharmacy.
All members of the profession gain from the outcomes of research which is aimed at expanding knowledge in any branch of pharmaceutical science or in any aspect of the practice of pharmacy.
The JM O’Hara Research Fund has previously provided small amounts of seed or scope funding to WA pharmacy researchers for small scale projects. Our new vision is establishing an ongoing funding source, to provide more significant grants for larger scale, cutting edge research projects in WA, which will have positive benefits for the pharmacy profession and community health.
Annual grants up to $50,000 are now awarded to successful applicants.
The JMOHRF is establishing a significant working capital base to drive future funding and attract further funding from outside the industry to ensure the JMOHRF becomes the most significant research fund in the area of pharmacy practice in WA.
The goal is to establish the JMOHRF as a major player in health research in WA that will be recognised by Government and the wider health industry as making an important contribution to community health and future health delivery.
The JMOHRF is a way of maintaining a relevant role for the PSWA going forward and will ensure the efforts of past generations of pharmacists in establishing the assets of PSWA are not wasted or left dormant.