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Professor  Bandana  Saini

Professor
Bandana Saini

Respiratory & Sleep Health
Expert in the implementation of clinical practice models on respiratory and sleep health within primary care

Professor Bandana Saini’s expertise lies in the implementation of clinical practice models focussed on respiratory and sleep health within Australian primary care. She has led and collaborated in implementing and evaluating several successful community pharmacy-based service trials in projects involving: screening/case detection (sleep disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis (Cambodia), patient self-management support (allergic rhinitis, sleep disorders, asthma) clinical audits (insomnia medications, insomnia related practice, smoking cessation) as well as pharmacovigilance (insomnia medications), pharmacy education (problem based learning, peer assessment) as well as community health education program research (asthma, smoking cessation in high schools). Her skills include trial design and implementation, stakeholder engagement, pedagogical inquiry and qualitative methodologies. Her research has been implemented in pharmacy settings overseas, for example, in Indonesia. Her research provides a link between public health and health economic concepts as well as clinical aspects of community pharmacy roles in chronic respiratory/sleep disorders.

She has received funding from several sources including the Department of Health, NHMRC. Pharmacy Council of NSW and Asthma Australia, as well as a recent award of an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellowship (TRIP Fellowship 2017-19). She is currently the Chair of the Medicines Committee of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA), a member of the ASA’s Clinical Committee as well as on the Pharmacists Advisory Group (National Asthma Council) and the Primary Care Advisory Committee (Lung Health Foundation).

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