Dr Rohan Rasiah

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    Associate Professor Rural Health

        BPharm(Hons) (Tas); PhD (Tas)
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       Professional Background 

Dr Rohan Rasiah is an Associate Professor Rural Health, at the Western Australian Centre Rural Health and is based in the Pilbara. He is a practicing community pharmacist and prior to his appointment at WACRH, he was the Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle.  His teaching experience encompasses clinical pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics and rural health.  Dr Rasiah has taught into undergraduate and postgraduate programs in pharmacy, nursing, midwifery and allied health, focusing on disease state management, communication skills, clinical leadership and prescribing.

He has experience in using simulated learning environments to help engage students and integrate their core knowledge into practice and expertise in the delivery of simulation exercises for pharmacy and other health professional students in an inter-professional environment and has been actively involved in curriculum design and delivery in particular around the incorporation of simulation into curricula.

He is currently on the TEQSA Register of Experts (Discipline 060501 Pharmacy; Academic Quality Assurance; Curriculum Development and Design). From 2013-2016 he was an academic representative on the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Pharmacy Council.  He was a member of the Health Workforce Australia Program Advisory Group for Simulation.  He has been the Deputy President of Academic Senate (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Newcastle from 2010-2012. Prior to his appointment at the University of Newcastle he was the Pharmacist Academic located with the Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health and Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at James Cooks University. 

      Research Interests :

  •       Simulated Learning Environments and Assessment
  •       Quality Use of Medicines
  •       Provision of Health Services to Remote Communities
  •       Aboriginal Health
  •       Primary Health Care
  •       Evaluation of Teaching and Learning Programs

      Memberships / Affiliations:

  •       Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  •       Member, Professional Pharmacists Australia
  •       Member, International Pharmaceutical Federation 





















  • Cooper J, Hookham G, Nesbitt KV, Rasiah RL. Developing a Virtual Tour of a Community Pharmacy for use in Education IT in Industry 2014; 2(1):33-37 08
  • Conor G, Outram S, Rasiah RL, Cooper J,. Exploring the attitudes of pharmacy students to clinical communications training.  Focus on Health Professional Education 2011;13: 25-36
  • Peterson GM, Fitzmaurice KD, Kruup H, Jackson SL, Rasiah RL. Pharmacy-based cardiovascular risk screening program in the Australian community Pharmacy World & Science 2010; 32(3):373-80
  • Peterson GM, Fitzmaurice KD, Rasiah RL, Kruup H. Marketing of rural and remote pharmacy practice via the digital medium.  Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (2009) 34, 1–6
  • Jackson SL, Bereznicki LR, Peterson GM, Marsden KA, Jupe DML, Vial JH, Rasiah RL, Misan G, Williams SM. Accuracy and clinical usefulness of the near-patient testing CoaguChek S INR monitor in rural medical practice. Aust J Rural Health 12: 137-42
  • Vanghan, F and Rasiah, RL. Immunisation and the cold chain (2004). Australian Pharmacist 23(5), 388-390
  • Peterson GM, Naunton M, Rasiah RL. Pharmacy students' career aspirations and attitudes towards their chosen profession. Aust Pharmacist 2003; 22: 391-7.
  • Hussain R, BG Charles, RG Morris, RL Rasiah. Population pharmacokinetics of perhexiline from very sparse, routine monitoring data. Ther Drug Monit 2001 23(6):636-43
  • Chuan FS, BG Charles, RK Boyle, RL Rasiah. Population pharmacokinetics of magnesium in preeclampsia. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001 185(3):593-9
  • Beahan N, J Kei, C O' Rourke, R Sockalingam, V Smyth, J Young, RL Rasiah, R Suppiah., S-L Wong, E Triggs & B Charles. Feasibility of establishing an early indicator for ototoxicity in children using otoacoustic emissions. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing  2000
  • Bernus I, MS Roberts, RL Rasiah & RH Mortimer. Interpretation of statistical moments for human placental transfer of drugs using dispersion and well-stirred models.  Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology  1999, 51(12) 1381-1389
  • Rasiah RL, RS Addison, MS Roberts & RH Mortimer. An isolated perfused human placental lobule model for indicator dilution studies. Journal of Pharmacological Methods  1997, 38(1) 19-25
  • Westhuyzen J, SD Graham, RL Rasiah & D Saltissi. Simplified sizing of low-density lipoprotein using polyacrylamide gradient gel electrophoresis of plasma.  Eur J Clin Chem Clin Biochem  1997, 35(1) 17-19
  • MacPherson RD, RL Rasiah & LJ McLeod. Propofol attenuates the myogenic response of vascular smooth muscle. Anesthesia and Analgesia   1993, 76: 822-829
  • MacPherson RD, RL Rasiah & LJ McLeod. Intraarterial propofol does not damage vascular smooth muscle. Anesthesiology   1992, 76(6): 967-971
  • MacPherson RD, LJ McLeod & RL Rasiah. The myogenic response of the isolated pressurised rabbit ear artery is independent of the endothelium. American Journal of  Physiology  1991, 260(3) H779 - H784


  • Prof Greg Peterson and Dr Rohan Rasiah. Case Studies in Clinical Pharmacokinetics 1999

Creative Works:

  • Croft H, Nesbitt KV, Rasiah R, Cooper J, Arrighi G, Joyce B, McGuire B, Communication Scenario: Over the Counter Dispensing of the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (Video and Animation - in 3 parts) (2013)



  • Evaluation of Examiner Training and Development of an Examiner Training Module – Assoc Prof Rohan Rasiah, Joyce Cooper, Dr Leanne Chalmers and Prof Luke Bereznicki (2015). Funding $100,000
  • Development of a Benchmarking Tool for Pharmacy Students Using Threshold Learning Outcomes – Dr Leanne Chalmers, Rosie Nash, Sandra Holmes, Luke Bereznicki, Dr Michelle Bellingan (2014): University of Tasmania Teaching Development Grant - $7366
  • The Virtual Pharmacy:  Development of an interactive 3D virtual pharmacy application to enhance student engagement and learning in the Master of Pharmacy Program. Joyce Cooper, Assoc Prof Rohan Rasiah, Dr Keith Nesbit, Assoc Prof Jennifer Schneider, Assoc Prof David Newby (2011):    University of Newcastle.  Funding $10,000
  • Improved Simulation Education Models - a pedagogical initiative by the Disciplines of Drama and Pharmacy. Gillian Arrighi, Brian Joyce, Assoc Prof Rohan Rasiah, Joyce Cooper (2011):  University of Newcastle.  Funding $10,000
  • Developing an Interprofessional course for health professional students. Dr Conor Gilligan, Dr Alison Ferguson, Prof Tracy Levett-Jones, Dr Teresa Stone, Assoc Prof Sue Outram, Lyn Ebert, Dr Yolanda Surjan, Dr Graeme Horton, Kylie Agllias, Assoc Prof Martin Veysey, Assoc Prof Rohan Rasiah (2011): University of Newcastle.  Funding $10,000
  • Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students through interprofessional education (IPE). Dr Helen Bellchambers, Dr Conor Gilligan, Dr Teresa Stone, Dr Sue Outram, Joyce Cooper, Assoc Prof Rohan Rasiah, Samuel Lapkin (University of Newcastle), Prof Alison Jones (University of Western Sydney), Prof Gregory Peterson (University of Tasmania) (2010):  Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Funding $217,000
  • Use of Simulated Learning Environments in Pharmacy Curricula. A/Prof Rohan Rasiah, A/Prof Tracy Levett-Jones, Ms Joyce Cooper, University of Newcastle, Prof Greg Peterson, Mrs Juanita Westbury, Mr Peter Gee, University of Tasmania (2010):. Health Workforce Australia. Funding: $68,521.54.
  • HWA Clinical Training Funding Program for Pharmacy Placements. A/Prof Rohan Rasiah, Ms Joyce Cooper, Ms Helen Dowling, Prof Judith Scott (2010): Health Workforce Australia. Funding: $240,000 over 4 years
  • Intercultural Clinical Communication: A resource for Clinical Educators in the Faculty of Health, (2008), $5000, University of Newcastle Equity Initiative Grants – collaboration with other disciplines within the Faculty of Health
  • Study reimbursements scholarships for rural pharmacy undergraduate students – a scoping project, (2003), $29684, Rural And Remote Pharmacy Workforce Development Program, Pharmacy Guild Of Australia – UDRHs in QLD, SA, Tas and Schools of Pharmacy – UQ, UTas, UniSA, JCU
  • Innovative marketing of rural and remote pharmacy practice via the digital medium (in collaboration with University of Tasmania), (2003), $31350, Rural And Remote Pharmacy Workforce Development Program, Pharmacy Guild Of Australia – MICRRH and Tasmanian School of Pharmacy
  • PHARM (Pharmacy-based Heart Assessment and Referral Methodology): a program to tackle coronary heart disease in the Australian community (in collaboration with University of Tasmania), (2003), $165000, Third Community Pharmacy Agreement Research & Development Grants, Pharmacy Guild Of Australia - MICRRH and Tasmanian School of Pharmacy
  • Establishment of an Innovative Rural and Remote Pharmacy Practice Network (RRPPN) ($164,035). - UDRHs in SA, Tas, NSW (Broken Hill), WA, Vic, NT, QLD, KAMSC