Julia Gilmartin-Thomas


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BPharmacy (Hons), Grad Cert Pharmacy Practice (GCPP), PhD, AFHEA (UK), MBiostatistics
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow
Head of Chronic Pain and Medication Use in Ageing Research Group (ALSOP)


Dr Julia Gilmartin-Thomas is a Pharmacist and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – Australian Research Council (ARC) Dementia Research Development Fellow (2016–current), based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (academic supervisor: Professor John McNeil).

Julia was awarded her Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in 2009, Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice in 2012 and PhD in 2014, all from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. From 2013 to 2015, Julia was a CW Maplethorpe Postdoctoral Fellow for Pharmaceutical Education and Research at University College London School of Pharmacy. Julia was also a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the School of Medicine, University of Eastern Finland in 2014, supported by an Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation Rosemary Foundation Travel Award. Julia was recently awarded a Master of Biostatistics from Monash University (2016–2020).

Julia's research interests are in the quality use of medications in older populations and in people with dementia, and undergraduate medical and pharmacy education.

Julia collaborates with existing colleagues at University College London (in areas of undergraduate pharmacy education and medication administration systems in residential aged care facilities) and the University of Eastern Finland (medication use in persons with Alzheimer's disease), and new colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy (undergraduate pharmacy education – supported by a PharmAlliance Grant). Julia has presented nationally and internationally on many occasions, as an invited speaker, at conferences, and at public engagement events. Julia is also an Executive Member of the MEDicines and DEMentia Special Interest Group (MEDDEM).

Julia is a scientific journal reviewer, PhD student supervisor, guest lecturer, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Early Career Researcher Representative, Assistant Editor at the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (Official Journal of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia), and Associate Editor at the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Biostatistics , MONASH UNIVERSITY


Graduate Research Supervisor Accreditation at Level 1, Monash University


Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY


External positions

Member of Editorial Board: Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

2018 → …

Member of Editorial Board: Assistant Editor, Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (Official Journal of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia)

2017 → …

(INTERNAL POSITION) Early Career Researcher Representative on the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Research Committee, Monash University

2016 → …

Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London


(INTERNAL POSITION) School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Early Career Researcher Representative on the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Early Career Researcher Steering Committee, Monash University

2016 → …

(INTERNAL POSITION) Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) Early-Mid Career Researchers Committee member


Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) (United Kingdom, UK)

2015 → …

Research area keywords

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Education
  • Medical Education
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Dementia
  • Older Adults
  • Aged Care
  • Quality Use of Medicines

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