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Professor Elizabeth Manias

Qualifications: PhD (Health Sociology); MNursStud, MPharm, BPharm, RN, FAAN

Prof Manias is an NHMRC Leadership Fellow. She is also a registered nurse and registered pharmacist.

Prof Manias is internationally recognised for her work as a health communication scientist in patient safety and quality, and healthcare improvement. Her research areas of expertise include health care communication, health services research, equity in service delivery outcomes, medication safety, patient and family engagement in care, patient safety, and healthcare quality. She has led multidisciplinary teams using diverse research designs, including observational cohort studies, clinical audits, mixed methods designs, testing and implementation of interventions, and co-design approaches.

Prof Manias has won a number of awards, including induction as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing and into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2017, she was acknowledged by the World Health Organization as one of the most productive researchers globally in medication safety and patient safety research.

Prof Manias is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, which is an internationally recognised qualification for leadership in geriatric care. She is also a Medication Management Review (MMR) Accredited Pharmacist, which enables her to conduct medication management reviews in the community and aged care facilities.

Prof Manias is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, which acknowledges exceptional contribution to the nursing profession and to health care. Prof Manias is also a Certified Practitioner of Human-Centered Design from the LUMA Institute.

In 2022, she was Highly Commended in the award category of Health Services by Research Australia. Research Australia is the independent national peak body for health and medical research in Australia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Health Sociology, PhD, Possibilities for Collaboration: A Critical Ethnography of Nurse-Nurse and Nurse-Doctor Relationships in Intensive Care, La Trobe University

Award Date: 17 Feb 1999

Nursing, Master of Nursing Studies, La Trobe University

Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Pharmacy, Master of Pharmacy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Research area keywords

  • Medication management and quality use of medicine
  • Consumer participation
  • Communication
  • Cultural diversity
  • Aged care
  • Patient safety
  • Medication adherence
  • Medication Safety and Effectiveness

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