Safeera Hussainy has been promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice at Monash University.
Safeera is a registered pharmacist, newly appointed Senior Pharmacy Research Manager at Peter Mac and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University.
She is recognised as the national pharmacy expert in emergency contraception. Her research has focused on defining and optimising pharmacists' performance as key healthcare providers of emergency contraception and has influenced policy and practice through clinical guideline development, health promotion and advocacy.
Whilst recently returning from a career break following her second maternity leave, Safeera continues to build an upward career trajectory in women's health research within established and successful multidisciplinary teams on the NHMRC CRE in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Primary Care (SPHERE) and the MRFF ALLIANCE trial (QuAlity famiLy pLanning services and referrAls in commuNity pharmaCy: Expanding pharmacists' scope of practice).
As Chief Investigator on both these major grants, Safeera contributes her expertise in pharmacy-led emergency contraception provision and other family planning services, and in conducting pharmacy practice and implementation research.
Safeera's impact on workforce development through continuing education includes authorship of a national education module on contraception and women's health for pharmacists produced by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, which has had over 2,000 completions since release, and a world café session at the global pharmacy federation conference – FIP – in Buenos Aires on public health programmes in maternal, newborn and child health.
She is also a highly successful university educator, having received six Faculty, Vice-Chancellor and student-bestowed teaching awards, and the highly prestigious Australian Government Office for Teaching and Learning award for her path-breaking work in pharmacy communication studies.
Her current and immediate past leadership and service activities include: Steering Group Member of the newly established Australian and New Zealand Consortium for Emergency Contraception; Ambassador for Diabetes Australia; Executive Council Officer for FIP's Academic Pharmacy Section; and Stream Leader: Pharmacy Practice at Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Safeera's current role at Peter Mac brings together her skills in pharmacy practice and implementation research and education innovation to co-lead the research strategy of and build capacity within the Pharmacy Department.