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Senior Lecturer
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice

Background and Interests

Caroline has been working in the Department since 2009 and has held a variety of teaching, research and leadership roles. She has a professional background in pharmacy and has practised in both New Zealand and the UK. She gained her Master of Science (Clinical Pharmacy) and PhD from the University of Manchester (UK). She was subsequently employed as a researcher in a school of pharmacy, working in close collaboration with medical school divisions of primary care. Her research interests include the prescribing and use of medicines in primary care, prescribing-related communication, extending roles of pharmacists in primary care, minor ailment management (professional and patient perspectives), quality in primary care.

Research Activities

Caroline’s research activity has centred on ways of improving the safety of prescribing and reducing preventable drug-related morbidity in the primary care setting. This has included involvement in the development of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a pharmacist-led, information-technology-based intervention. She has also been involved in the development of a nationally-derived framework for quality activity and currently plays a leading role in HRC-funded work exploring the development and impact of changes in community pharmacy services and the development of new primary care pharmacy roles.

She is currently supervising one PhD student exploring the implications for training and service delivery of optimising pharmacist prescribing.


Morris, C., McDonald, J., Officer, T. N., Fa'asalele Tanuvasa, A., Smiler, K., Parore, N., … McKinlay, E., Kennedy, J., … Cumming, J. (2023). A realist evaluation of the development of extended pharmacist roles and services in community pharmacies. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2023.11.006

Hilder, J., McBain, L., Stubbe, M., Stairmand, J., Morris, C., & Dunlop, A. (2023). We need to talk about polypharmacy: A qualitative study of medication reviews with older adults. Proceedings of the New Zealand Primary Health Care, General Practice & Rural Health Research Symposium. (pp. 9). Retrieved from

Ghabour, M., Morris, C., Wilby, K., & Smith, A. (2023). New Zealand pharmacists' views regarding the current prescribing courses: Questionnaire survey. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC23021

Ghabour, M., Wilby, K. J., Morris, C. J., & Smith, A. J. (2023). Overview of factors influencing successful implementation of non-medical prescribing. Journal of Pharmacy Practice & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jppr.1868

Ghabour, M., Morris, C., Wilby, K. J., & Smith, A. J. (2023). Pharmacist prescribing training models in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada: Snapshot survey. Pharmacy Education, 23(1), 100-108. doi: 10.46542/pe.2023.231.100108

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