Dr Stephen Carter

BPharm MSc PhD AACPA FPS
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

A15 - Pharmacy And Bank Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5278
Fax +61 2 9351 4391

Biographical details

Stephen is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Sydney with a specialisation in pharmacist services. He is a registered pharmacist with clinical specialisation in medication management review. Stephen’s research, teaching and advocacy agenda aims to ensure that society makes greater use of pharmacists unique skills. In regards to research, Stephen uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand more about: a) how consumers and their caregivers obtain and use their medicines and medicines information; b) how best to design and utilise pharmacist services, both as primary care practitioners and as collaborators in teams; and c) how best to support and educate pharmacists throughout their journey from students to interns to practitioners and to on advanced practitioner status. Stephen is currently a Board Director of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA). He is a Fellow of the PSA and represents the organisation on various National committees.

Stephen has owned and operated a community pharmacy on the NSW south coast for more than 20 years. He has been accredited to perform medication management reviews with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists (AACP) since 1997. During 1992, Stephen obtained a Master of Science (Research) in the area of dose prediction methods for warfarin. He completed his PhD in 2012 with a thesis entitled:Consumers’ willingness to use Home Medicines Review. Stephen’s previous appointment was Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Canberra.

Stephen’s research publications have been recognised with various international awards. He regularly reviews manuscripts for high quality international journals such as Pediatrics, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP), BMC Health Services Research and others. He has been awarded Top Reviewer status by RSAP in 2015 and 2016.

Research interests

  • Consumers’ and caregivers’ willingness to use pharmacists’ services.
  • Consumers’ and caregivers’ perceptions of service quality in community pharmacies
  • Improving consumers’ adherence to medicines using smart phone application
  • Linking real-time prescription records with dispensing records and patients’ self reports of medicine use.
  • Survey design
  • The use of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) as a tool to analyse survey data

Teaching and supervision

Stephen coordinates and teaches a unit of study called Integrated Dispensing which is provided to 4thyear BPharm students. This unit of study aims to assist students apply their knowledge, communication skills to dispense medicines and assist people to use their medicines wisely.

Stephen coodinates and teaches into the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice in a unit called Medicines Management.

Stephen also teaches into units of study which deal with the role of the pharmacist, pharmacists’ use of communication strategies and medication management review.

Stephen co-supervises an MPhil student, Mr Ardi Mirzaei and supervises honuors student Ms Bethany Grew.

Associations

Registered pharmacist Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA)

Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)

Member of Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association (APSA)

Member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA)

Associate member of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists (AACP)

Awards and honours

Lesmuller Award for Best Oral Communication - Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe 8th Working Conference, Berlin. 6 - 8 February 2013

Recipient of the 2013 Annual Best Paper Award by Elsevier publication, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Best Poster Presentation Award (as co-author): International Social Pharmacy Workshop (ISPW) 18th, Boston, USA, 3rd- 6thAugust 2014

Top reviewer, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2015 & 2016.

Keywords

Interventions; Medication management services; Adherence; Structural equation modelling; Big Data

Selected grants

2008

  • Increasing Patient Demand for Home Medicines Reviews: A Marketing Plan; White L, Simpson M, Clark C, Carter S, Swain L, Klinner C; Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Investigator Initiated Grants (IIG).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Smith, S., Farrugia, L., Harris, V., Lee, A., Carter, S., Blaszczynski, A., Fischer, G. (2017). Evaluation of the influence of family and friends, and the Internet on patient perceptions of long-term topical corticosteroid use. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 28(7), 642-646. [More Information]
  • Farrugia, L., Lee, A., Fischer, G., Blaszczynski, A., Carter, S., Smith, S. (2017). Evaluation of the influence of pharmacists and GPs on patient perceptions of long-term topical corticosteroid use. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 28(2), 112-118. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2016). The willingness of informal caregivers to assist their care-recipient to use Home Medicines Review. Health Expectations, 19(3), 527-542. [More Information]
  • Carter, S. (2016). Using confirmatory factor analysis to manage discriminant validity issues in social pharmacy research. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 38(3), 731-737. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., Krass, I., Kritikos, V. (2016). Using social cognitive theory to explain the intention of final-year pharmacy students to undertake a higher degree in pharmacy practice research. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80(6), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Kritikos, V., Saini, B., Carter, S., Moles, R., Krass, I. (2015). Factors influencing pharmacy students' attitudes towards pharmacy practice research and strategies for promoting research interest in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy Practice, 13(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2015). The impact of patients' perceptions of the listening skills of the pharmacist on their willingness to re-use Home Medicines Reviews: a structural equation model. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 11(2), 163-175. [More Information]
  • Walpola, R., Fois, R., Carter, S., McLachlan, A., Chen, T. (2015). Validation of a survey tool to assess the patient safety attitudes of pharmacy students. BMJ Open, 5(9), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2013). Consumers' willingness to use a medication management service: The effect of medication-related worry and the social influence of the general practitioner. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 9(4), 431-445. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2013). Medication information seeking behavior of patients who use multiple medicines: how does it affect adherence? Patient Education and Counseling, 92(1), 74-80. [More Information]
  • White, L., Klinner, C., Carter, S. (2012). Consumer perspectives of the Australian Home Medicines Review Program: Benefits and Barriers. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 8(1), 4-16. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2012). Exploring patients' motivation to participate in Australia's Home Medicines Review program. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 34(4), 658-666. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Chen, T., White, L. (2012). Home Medicines Reviews: a quantitative study of the views of recipients and eligible non-recipients. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 20(4), 209-217. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2012). Patients' willingness to use a pharmacist-provided medication management service: The influence of outcome expectancies and communication efficacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 8(6), 487-498. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., White, L. (2010). Home Medicines Review website information: consistency or confusion? Australian Pharmacist, 29(10), 882-888.

2017

  • Smith, S., Farrugia, L., Harris, V., Lee, A., Carter, S., Blaszczynski, A., Fischer, G. (2017). Evaluation of the influence of family and friends, and the Internet on patient perceptions of long-term topical corticosteroid use. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 28(7), 642-646. [More Information]
  • Farrugia, L., Lee, A., Fischer, G., Blaszczynski, A., Carter, S., Smith, S. (2017). Evaluation of the influence of pharmacists and GPs on patient perceptions of long-term topical corticosteroid use. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 28(2), 112-118. [More Information]

2016

  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2016). The willingness of informal caregivers to assist their care-recipient to use Home Medicines Review. Health Expectations, 19(3), 527-542. [More Information]
  • Carter, S. (2016). Using confirmatory factor analysis to manage discriminant validity issues in social pharmacy research. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 38(3), 731-737. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., Krass, I., Kritikos, V. (2016). Using social cognitive theory to explain the intention of final-year pharmacy students to undertake a higher degree in pharmacy practice research. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80(6), 1-11. [More Information]

2015

  • Kritikos, V., Saini, B., Carter, S., Moles, R., Krass, I. (2015). Factors influencing pharmacy students' attitudes towards pharmacy practice research and strategies for promoting research interest in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy Practice, 13(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2015). The impact of patients' perceptions of the listening skills of the pharmacist on their willingness to re-use Home Medicines Reviews: a structural equation model. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 11(2), 163-175. [More Information]
  • Walpola, R., Fois, R., Carter, S., McLachlan, A., Chen, T. (2015). Validation of a survey tool to assess the patient safety attitudes of pharmacy students. BMJ Open, 5(9), 1-9. [More Information]

2013

  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2013). Consumers' willingness to use a medication management service: The effect of medication-related worry and the social influence of the general practitioner. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 9(4), 431-445. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2013). Medication information seeking behavior of patients who use multiple medicines: how does it affect adherence? Patient Education and Counseling, 92(1), 74-80. [More Information]

2012

  • White, L., Klinner, C., Carter, S. (2012). Consumer perspectives of the Australian Home Medicines Review Program: Benefits and Barriers. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 8(1), 4-16. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2012). Exploring patients' motivation to participate in Australia's Home Medicines Review program. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 34(4), 658-666. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Chen, T., White, L. (2012). Home Medicines Reviews: a quantitative study of the views of recipients and eligible non-recipients. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 20(4), 209-217. [More Information]
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2012). Patients' willingness to use a pharmacist-provided medication management service: The influence of outcome expectancies and communication efficacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 8(6), 487-498. [More Information]

2010

  • Carter, S., White, L. (2010). Home Medicines Review website information: consistency or confusion? Australian Pharmacist, 29(10), 882-888.

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