Dr Kevin Mc Namara

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

Biography

Kevin Mc Namara is Deputy Director, Research at Deakin Rural Health (School of Medicine) and Stream Leader, Economics of Pharmacy at Deakin Health Economics (Centre for Population Health Research).
He has a fifteen year track record of research focusing on health services and public health research. In that time, he has been an investigator for research and development grants worth more than $8m and has published over 50 peer review journal articles. He is a passionate advocate for research that improves patient-centredness, healthcare access, quality of care and sustainability of care. He is best known for his work in developing models of care for screening and prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including his involvement with the nation-wide Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial.

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Career highlights

PhD COMPLETIONS AS A SUPERVISOR

Primary supervisor for Mark Morgan, PhD candidate at Flinders University. Collaborative care for co-morbid depression, heart disease and diabetes in Australian general practice. Graduated Dec 2016.

Co-supervisor for Mr Glen Swinburne, PhD candidate at Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety. A health literacy education-focused intervention to improve community pharmacy adoption of universal precautions. Feb 2011-June 2015 [graduation October 2015].

PUBLICATIONS

Refer to publications tab below

Other Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Poole S, Bell J, Dooley M, Kirkpatrick C, Browning C, Diug B, Elliott R, George J, Ilomäki J, Jokanovic N, Le Couteur D, Mangoni A, Mc Namara K, Potter K, Taylor S. The Reporting of Medication Use in Observational Studies (ROMEO) statement. European journal of clinical pharmacology. 2015;71(7):897-9.

Mc Namara K. Low-dose aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Australian Pharmacist. 2015:42-5.

Mc Namara K, Gellatly R. The role of direct oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation. Australian Pharmacist. 2015;34(1):34-9.

Technical, Policy and Research Reports

Dunbar J, Duggan M, Fetherston H, Knight A, Mc Namara K, Banks E, Booth K, Bunker S, Burgess P, Colagiuri S, Dawda P, Ford D, Greenland R, Grenfell R, Knight S, Morgan M. Heart Health: the first step to getting Australia's health on track.  Technical paper No. 2017-02. Melbourne, Victoria University: Australian Health Policy Collaboration, 1 Oct 2017.

Lindberg R, Fetherston H, Calder R, Mc Namara K, Knight A, Livingston M, Kypri K, Malo J, Roberts L, Stanley S, Grimes C, Bolam B, White S, Purcell K, Daube M, O'Reilly S, Colagiuri S, Peeters A, Batterham P, Harvey C, Dunbar J. Getting Australia’s Health on Track 2016. Melbourne: Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Victoria University, Nov 2016.

Morgan M, Healey C, Mc Namara K, Schlicht K, Coates M. Towards building better primary health care: multimorbidity. Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Centre of Research Excellence. 2015.

Mc Namara K, Knight A, Livingston M, Kypri K, Malo J, Roberts L, Stanley S, Grimes C, Bolam B, Gooey M, Daube M, O’Reilly S, Colagiuri S, Peeters A, Tolhurst P, Batterham P, Dunbar J, De Courten M. Targets and indicators for chronic disease prevention in Australia, Australian Health Policy Collaboration technical paper. Melbourne Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Nov 2015.

Mc Namara K, Dunbar J, Krass I, Peterson G. Absolute risk screening in community pharmacy: Report to the National Heart Foundation of Australia. National Heart Foundation of Australia, 31 July 2015.

Non-Peer Review Articles

Calache H, Christian B, Ford P, Freeman C, Gussy M, Jackson J, Lau P, Mc Namara K, Nguyen T. Supporting pharmacy to deliver oral health services. Australian Pharmacist. 2017;June(19).

Lindberg R, Mc Namara K, O’Reilly S. The ten things Australia needs to do to improve health 2016 [updated 28 Nov. Available from: http://theconversation.com/the-ten-things-australia-needs-to-do-to-improve-health-67370

Dunbar JA, Janus ED, Vartiainen E, Laatikainen T, Versace VL, Reynolds J, Best JD,Skinner T, O'Reilly S, Mc Namara K, Stewart E, Coates M, Bennett C, Carter C. Time to question the NHS diabetes prevention programme. BMJ rapid responses 27/10/2015. http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4717/rr-12

Research interests

Kevin’s background is as a community and hospital pharmacist. He was awarded an MSc in Community Health by Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2001, after which he worked as a general practice researcher evaluating new models for out of hours general practice in rural Ireland. Since moving to Australia in 2003, he has had a strong interest in developing sustainable models of primary care, particularly the use of task substitution to develop more affordable and more accessible care which are feasible to implement in both rural and metropolitan settings. His PhD thesis examined the feasibility of implementing cardiovascular disease prevention programs in community pharmacy. Current areas of major clinical focus include screening, prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in primary care, patient safety/medication safefy, and management of patients with multiple health conditions (multimorbidity). The common threads for all of these areas are the need for excellence in interprofessional coordination and continuity of care, the need for upskilling of individual practitioners (e.g. nurses, doctors, pharmacists), and the need for effective organisational and health system support for local teams to effectively support patients. Understanding these issues has led to his involvement with a range of research methodologies (e.g. co-design with patients, surveys, qualitative research) as well as his leading or substantially contributing to a number of large implementation trials.

Affiliations

• University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates- External International Researcher status for the “Improving Health Care Delivery and Medicines Use” research group.
• Public Health Foundation of India - Adjunct Faculty Status.
• Monash University, Victoria, Australia – Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Knowledge areas

• Social and cultural aspects of health and healthcare
• Implementation Science
• Development of health service interventions
• Screening for chronic disease
• Multimorbidity
• Task substitution in the health workforce
• Medication Safety
• Primary care and rural healthcare
• Health promotion

Awards

• Endeavour Executive Fellowship 2017.
• Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2016-17.
• Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Award 2014-2015.
• NHMRC National Institute of Clinical Studies-National Prescribing Service Quality Use of Medicines Fellowship 2008-2010.
• Pharmacy Board of Australia accreditation (July 2003)
• Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland accreditation (Dec 1999)

Projects

Western Alliance (2018)
Patient Measure of Safety in Primary Care: pilot study of an intervention to improve safety in rural Victoria
Funding: Western Alliance investigator grants ($65,000)
Team: Hernan A, Versace V, McNamara K, et al.

University of Sharjah, UAE (2017-18)
Improving Health Care Delivery and Medicines Use
Funding: University of Sharjah operational grant (99,000 AED/$35,000 AU).
Team: Alzubaidi H, Browning C, Mc Namara K, et al.
(Chief investigator)

Kardinia Health/Deakin University (2017-18)
Meeting national targets and indicators to reduce mortality from chronic illness in general practice
Funding: Kardinia Health/Deakin University research programme, $41,900.
Team:  Mc Namara K, et al.
(Lead investigator)

Western Alliance (2017)
A Post-Hospital Discharge Pharmacist Medication Management Service for High Risk Patients Using Telehealth
Funding: Grants in Aid program, $35,000
Team: Bortoletto D, Mc Namara K, Weeks G, et al.
(Chief Investigator)

Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery (2017-18)
Implementing diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk screening program in community pharmacies in the United Arab Emirates
Cooperative Research Award (US$75,000/AU$100,000 Aus)
Team: Alzubaidi H, Atun R, Mc Namara K, et al.
(Chief Investigator)

Australian Government Department of Education and Training (2017)
Funding: Endeavour Executive Fellowship, $9000.
Travelling fellowship to visit and develop collaborations with Public Health Foundation of India.
(Fellowship Recipient)

Deakin University (internal funding, 2017)
Organisation antecedents of sustained healthcare interventions
Funding: Central Strategic Grants Scheme, $28,750
Team: Mc Namara K, O’Reilly S, Livingston T, et al.
(Lead Investigator)

University of Sharjah, UAE (2016-17)
Improving Health Care Delivery and Medicines Use
Funding: University of Sharjah operational grant (99,000 AED/$35,000 AU).
Team: Alzubaidi H, Browning C, Mc Namara K, et al.
(Chief Investigator)

Department of Health (Australia) (2016-2017)
Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial
Funding: Tender, $2,955,333
Team: Vowles E, Krass I, Mc Namara K, et al.
(Chief Investigator [Deakin University lead])

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (2016 – 17)
Economic evaluation of the Partnered Pharmacy Medication Charting program
Funding: Tender, $268,216.
Team (specified personnel): Dalton A, Manias E, Gospodarevskaya E, Mc Namara K, et al.
(Chief Investigator)

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (2016)
Evaluation of the Map of Medicine project at South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
Funding: SEMPHN consultancy, $44,154
Team: Mc Namara K, Watts J, Versace V, et al.
(Lead investigator)

Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2016-17.
Deakin University, Faculty of Health. Based at School of Medicine.
Funding: Deakin University, $166,292 (salary subsidy plus research subsidy)

Dementia Research Foundation, (2016).
How do people with and without dementia use anticoagulants?
Funding: Alzheimers Australia, $49,942.
Team: Ilomäki J, Bell JS, Meretoja A, Mc Namara KP.
(Chief Investigator)

Publications

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2018

Pharmacist views and pharmacy capacity to deliver professional services in the United Arab Emirates

Hamzah Alzubaidi, Ward Saidawi, Kevin Mc Namara

(2018), pp. 1-10, International journal of clinical pharmacy, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal

Demographic, clinical and lifestyle factors associated with high-intensity statin therapy in Australia: the AusDiab study

K Ho, K Jamsen, J Bell, M Korhonen, K Mc Namara, D Magliano, D Liew, T Ryan-Atwood, J Shaw, S Luc, J Ilomäki

(2018), pp. 1-9, European journal of clinical pharmacology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2017

Health professional perspectives on the management of multimorbidity and polypharmacy for older patients in Australia

K Mc Namara, B Breken, H Alzubaidi, J Bell, J Dunbar, C Walker, A Hernan

(2017), Vol. 46, pp. 291-299, Age and ageing, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Time to question diabetes self-management support for Arabic-speaking migrants: exploring a new model of care

H Alzubaidi, K Mc Namara, C Browning

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 348-355, Diabetic medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal

Do statin users adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle? The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study

S Johal, K Jamsen, J Bell, K Mc Namara, D Magliano, D Liew, T Ryan-Atwood, C Anderson, J Ilomäki

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 621-627, European journal of preventive cardiology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Predictors of effective therapeutic relationships between pharmacists and patients with type 2 diabetes: comparison between Arabic-speaking and Caucasian English-speaking patients

H Alzubaidi, K Mc Namara, V Versace

(2017), Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal

Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial: protocol for a pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial to compare three screening methods for undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in Australian community pharmacy

I Krass, R Carter, B Mitchell, M Mohebbi, T Shih, P Trinder, V Versace, F Wilson, K Mc Namara

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-13, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Spontaneously reported haemorrhagic adverse events associated with rivaroxaban and dabigatran in Australia

E Chen, B Diug, J Bell, K Mc Namara, M Dooley, C Kirkpatrick, J McNeil, G Caughey, J Ilomäki

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 4-10, Therapeutic advances in drug safety, London, Eng., C1

journal

Meeting professional standards for CVD risk screening in the pharmacy

K Mc Namara

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 50-53, Australian pharmacist, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal

Adopting an active learning approach to teaching in a research-intensive higher education context transformed staff teaching attitudes and behaviours

P White, I Larson, K Styles, E Yuriev, D Evans, P Rangachari, J Short, B Exintaris, D Malone, B Davie, N Eise, K Mc Namara, S Naidu

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 619-633, Higher education research & development, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in Australian community pharmacy

K Mc Namara, G Peterson, J Hughes, I Krass, V Versace, R Clark, J Dunbar

(2016), pp. 1-10, Heart, lung and circulation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2015

Challenges of diabetes prevention in the real world: results and lessons from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

J Dunbar, A Hernan, E Janus, E Vartiainen, T Laatikainen, V Versace, J Reynolds, J Best, T Skinner, S O'Reilly, K Mc Namara, E Stewart, M Coates, C Bennett, R Carter

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-13, BMJ open diabetes research and care, London, Eng., C1

journal

Intervention fidelity for a complex behaviour change intervention in community pharmacy addressing cardiovascular disease risk

K Mc Namara, S O'Reilly, J George, G Peterson, S Jackson, G Duncan, H Howarth, J Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 30, pp. 897-909, Health education research, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Barriers and enablers to healthcare access and use among Arabic-speaking and Caucasian English-speaking patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a qualitative comparative study

H Alzubaidi, K Mc Namara, C Browning, J Marriott

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-12, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal

Protocol for ACCESS : a qualitative study exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing the emergency contraceptive pill from community pharmacies in Australia

S Hussainy, A Ghosh, A Taft, D Mazza, K Black, R Clifford, S Gudka, K Mc Namara, K Ryan, J Jackson

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-8, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

The relationships between illness and treatment perceptions with adherence to diabetes self-care: A comparison between Arabic-speaking migrants and Caucasian English-speaking patients

H Alzubaidi, K Mc Namara, G Kilmartin, J Kilmartin, J Marriott

(2015), Vol. 110, pp. 208-217, Diabetes research and clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Medicine-taking experiences and associated factors: comparison between Arabic-speaking and Caucasian English-speaking patients with Type 2 diabetes

H Alzubaidi, K Mc Mamara, C Chapman, V Stevenson, J Marriott

(2015), Vol. 32, pp. 1625-1633, Diabetic medicine, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2014

Patient engagement strategies used for hypertension and their influence on self-management attributes

K McNamara, V Versace, J Marriott, J Dunbar

(2014), Vol. 31, pp. 437-444, Family practice, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Challenges in measuring medication adherence : experiences from a controlled trial

K Steward, K McNamara, G Johnson

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 15-19, International journal of clinical pharmacy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

A multifaceted pharmacist intervention to improve antihypertensive adherence: a cluster-randomized, controlled trial (HAPPy trial)

K Stewart, J George, K Mc Namara, S Jackson, G Peterson, L Bereznicki, P Gee, J Hughes, M Bailey, Y Hsueh, J McDowell, D Bortoletto, R Lau

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 527-534, Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics, Chichester, England, C1

journal

Shared decision making: what do clinicians need to know and why should they bother?

T Hoffmann, F Légaré, M Simmons, K McNamara, K McCaffery, L Trevena, B Hudson, P Glasziou, C Del Mar

(2014), Vol. 201, pp. 35-39, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW, C1

journal

Motivating undergraduate students via online learning to develop clinical competencies

K Mc Namara, C Yeng Lee

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 101-108, Pharmacy education, Hague, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

An international survey of health literacy education within schools of pharmacy

G Swinburne, G Duncan, K Mc Namara, K Stewart, L Emmerton, S Hussainy

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 93-100, Pharmacy education, Hague, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2013

Multiple pharmacological interventions targeting cardiovascular disease risk factors in individuals with type 2 diabetes - systematic review

H Khalil, H Khalil, K McNamara, K McNamara, Y Pan, Y Pan

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 1-7, Journal of diabetes research & clinical metabolism, Bedfordshire, England, C1

journal
2012

A pilot study evaluating multiple risk factor interventions by community pharmacists to prevent cardiovascular disease : The PAART CVD pilot project

K McNamara, S O'Reilly, J Dunbar, M Bailey, J George, G Peterson, S Jackson, E Janus, S Bunker, G Duncan, H Howarth

(2012), Vol. 46, pp. 183-191, Annals of pharmacotherapy, Cincinnati, Oh., C1

journal

Potential of pharmacists to help reduce the burden of poorly managed cardiovascular risk

K McNamara, J Dunbar, B Philpot, J Marriott, P Reddy, E Janus

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 67-73, Australian journal of rural health, Australia, C1

journal
2011

The roles of community pharmacists in cardiovascular disease prevention and management

J George, K Mc Namara, K Stewart

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 266-272, Australasian medical journal, Perth, W.A., C1

journal
2010

Greater Green Triangle Diabetes Prevention Program: remaining treatment gaps in hypertension and dyslipidaemia

K Mc Namara, K Mc Namara, B Philpot, B Philpot, E Janus, E Janus, J Dunbar, J Dunbar

(2010), Vol. 18, pp. 43-44, Australian journal of rural health, Carlton, Vic., C1

journal

Dyslipidaemia in rural Australia : prevalence, awareness, and adherence to treatment guidelines in the Greater Green Triangle risk factor study

E Janus, P Tideman, J Dunbar, A Kilkkinen, S Bunker, B Philpot, R Tirimacco, K McNamara, S Heistaro, T Laatikainen

(2010), Vol. 192, pp. 127-132, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Evaluation of a community pharmacy-based intervention for improving patient adherence to antihypertensives: a randomised controlled trial

R Lau, K Stewart, K McNamara, S Jackson, J Hughes, G Peterson, D Bortoletto, J McDowell, M Bailey, A Hsueh, J George

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, BMC health services research, London, England, C1-1

journal

Engaging community pharmacists in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease : protocol for the pharmacist assessment of adherence, risk and treatment in cardiovascular disease (PAART CVD) pilot study

K Mc Namara, J George, S O'Reilly, S Jackson, G Peterson, H Howarth, M Bailey, G Duncan, P Trinder, E Morabito, J Finch, S Bunker, E Janus, J Emery, J Dunbar

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 264-280, BMC health services research, London, England, C1

journal
2009

Community pharmacists' preferences for continuing education delivery in Australia

K Mc Namara, G Duncan, J McDowell, J Marriott

(2009), Vol. 29, pp. 52-57, Journal of continuing education in the health professions, Malden, Mass., C1-1

journal

Rural smokers : a prevention opportunity

A Chapman, S Bunker, J Dunbar, B Philpot, K McNamara, A Baird, E Vartianen, T Laatikainen, E Janus

(2009), Vol. 38, pp. 352-356, Australian family physician, South Melbourne, Vic, C1

journal
2008

The evolution of a state-wide continuing education programme for allied health professionals

A Schoo, K Stagnitti, K McNamara

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 60-67, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, London, England, C1

journal

Prevalence, detection and drug treatment of hypertension in a rural Australian population : the Greater Green Triangle Risk Factor Study 2004

E Janus, S Bunker, A Kilkkinen, K McNamara, B Philpot, P Tideman, R Tirimacco, T Laatikainen, S Heistaro, J Dunbar

(2008), Vol. 38, pp. 879-886, Internal medicine journal, Carlton, Vic., C1

journal

Clinical placement and rurality of career commencement : a pilot study

A Schoo, K McNamara, K Stagnitti

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, Rural and remote health, Deakin West, A.C.T., C1

journal

Detection and treatment of hypertension in rural Australia

P Tideman, E Janus, S Bunker, A Kilkkinen, K McNamara, B Philpot, R Tirimacco, S Heistaro, T Laatikainen, J Dunbar

(2008), ANZET 2008 : Proceedings of the 2nd Australian and New Zealand Endovascular Therapies Annual Meeting 2008, Adelaide, S.A., E1-1

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2007

What makes continuing education effective : perspectives of community pharmacists

K McNamara, J Marriott, G Duncan

(2007), Vol. 15, pp. 313-317, International journal of pharmacy practice, London, Eng., C1

journal

Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia

J Marriott, G Duncan, K McNamara

(2007), Vol. 7, pp. 11-17, Pharmacy education, London, Eng., C1

journal
2006

Acceptability of videoconference technology for the delivery of continuing education to rural pharmacists

K McNamara

(2006), Vol. 36, pp. 187-189, Journal of pharmacy practice and research, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Out-of-hours co-operatives: General practitioner satisfaction with governance and working arrangements

T O'Dowd, K McNamara, A Kelly, F O'Kelly

(2006), Vol. 12, pp. 15-18, European journal of general practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Health Economic Evaluation of the Partnered Pharmacy Medication Charting Program

A/Prof Andrew Dalton, Prof Elizabeth Manias, Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Ms Elena Gospodarevskaya

  • 2018: $60,958
  • 2017: $97,533
  • 2016: $85,340

Diabetes Health Check Risk Assessment, Screening and Referral

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi

  • 2017: $328,676

Integration of pharmacy services across the Barwon Southwest region.

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Mr Paul Crosland, Ms Kate Kloot, Ms Andrea Hernan, Mrs Hannah Beks, A/Prof Vincent Versace

  • 2018: $40,000

Industry and Other Funding

Absolute risk screening in Pharmacy

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Prof James Dunbar, Prof Ines Krass, Prof Gregory Peterson

  • 2014: $63,500

Evaluation of Map of Medicine at South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

  • 2016: $40,140

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report