Sandra Holmes

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Sandra Holmes

Associate Head for Student Affairs, First Year Coordinator and Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science and Practice

Room 4014, Pharmacy Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2198 (phone)

+61 3 6226 2870 (fax)

Career summary


Mrs Holmes graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1978 and worked in community and hospital pharmacies in remote and regional areas of Tasmania, NSW and Northern Territory. While employed at the Royal Hobart Hospital, she completed a Masters Degree at the University of Tasmania, investigating the stability of antibiotics in peritoneal dialysis fluids. This lead to work as a lecturer in pharmaceutical science. She has a leadership role in the area of learning and teaching and student support within the Division of Pharmacy. She is also the Chair of the Division of Pharmacy Learning and Teaching Committee.

Research Themes

Mrs Holmes is interested in research aimed at improving the quality of learning and teaching and student support. She is currently collaborating with Student Learning staff on a project aimed at developing oral communication skills of pharmacy students. She is also a member of an inter-Faculty team working on a project aimed at embedding and developing cultural competence skills within various undergraduate programs.


Teaching responsibility

Mrs Holmes co-ordinates 1st year Pharmaceutical Science and Practice (CSA155 and CSA156), and a 'fast-track' summer program, Transition to Pharmacy Practice (CSA112) that enables students with relevant prior learning to transition into the Bachelor of Pharmacy at 2nd year level.

She also teaches applied pharmaceutical science and pharmaceutical calculations in other years of the degree program. Her teaching integrates theoretical and practical activities in which students develop an ability to apply their knowledge of pharmaceutical science to a range of professional and practical situations, including compounding pharmaceuticals, dispensing pharmaceuticals and communicating pharmaceutical information to patients.

She also teaches in the areas of cultural competence and intercultural communication in other degree programs within the Faculty of Health and in the Breadth unit Living and Working with Cultural Diversity (CAM104). She is particularly interested in approaches to assessment that motivate and enhance student learning and help students achieve their academic goals.

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Fields of Research

  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Separation Science (030108)
  • English as a Second Language (200303)
  • Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401)

Research Objectives

  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Health (929999)
  • Learner Development (930103)


Total publications


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2014Chalmers L, Nash RE, Holmes SE, Bereznicki LRE, Cooper J, et al., 'Development of a benchmarking tool for pharmacy students using threshold learning outcomes', APSA 2014 Annual Conference, 5-7 December, 2014, Brisbane, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chalmers L; Nash RE; Bereznicki LRE

2014Chalmers L, Nash RE, Holmes SE, Bereznicki LRE, Rasiah Rohan, et al., 'Development of a benchmarking tool for pharmacy students using threshold learning outcomes', Teaching Matters 2014, 2-3 December, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chalmers L; Nash RE; Bereznicki LRE; Rasiah Rohan

2014Oxley L, Porteous M, Holmes S, 'Oral communication skills for development for Pharmacy students: a shared space', Teaching Matters 2014 - 'Spaces and Places': Program book, 2‐3 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 28. (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Oxley L; Porteous M

2013Porteous M, Holmes SE, 'Open communication: A collaborative approach to improving the oral communication skills of Pharmacy students', Teaching Matters 2013 - 'Open UTAS to the World': Program book, 28-29 November 2013, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Porteous M

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Investigations of the Chemical and Physical Stability of Iron Polymaltose Intravenous Infusion (2011)$6,364
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($6,364)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wanandy ST; Patel RP; Randall C; Jacobson GA; Holmes SE; Hutchinson C; Johns CA