Julia Gilmartin-Thomas


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BPharm (Hons), Grad Cert Pharm Prac, PhD, AFHEA(UK) 
NHMRC–ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow
Honorary Senior Research Associate (Research Department of Practice and Policy, University College London School of Pharmacy)

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 is currently studying a Master of Biostatistics at Monash University (2016–current).

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 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.

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London


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

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2012 2019

Forecasting the future burden of opioids for osteoarthritis

Ackerman, I. N., Zomer, E., Gilmartin-Thomas, J. F. M. & Liew, D., 1 Mar 2018, In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 26, 3, p. 350-355 6 p.

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Medications and Prescribing Patterns as Factors Associated with Hospitalizations from Long-Term Care Facilities: A Systematic Review

Wang, K. N., Bell, J. S., Chen, E. Y. H., Gilmartin-Thomas, J. F. M. & Ilomäki, J., May 2018, In : Drugs and Aging. 35, 5, p. 423-457 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Observational studies and their utility for practice

Gilmartin-Thomas, J. F. M., Liew, D. & Hopper, I., 1 Jun 2018, In : Australian Prescriber. 41, 3, p. 82-85 4 p.

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