Dan Bernal is a PhD candidate and lecturer within the School of Medicine's, Division of Pharmacy. Currently, Dan coordinates and teaches the third and fourth year clinical pharmacokinetics units for undergraduate pharmacy students. He also facilitates hospital rounds for 3rd and 4th year students at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Dan's PhD project is investigating the benefit of a pharmacist home-visit service for patients who have experienced a heart attack. The project aims to investigate whether or not a visit from a pharmacist can help patients to take their medicines safely and accurately to gain the best possible outcome. In 2013, Dan was a runner up in the state final of the Three Minute Thesis competition where he competed against 20 other finalists, presenting a summary of their PhD findings within a three minute timeslot.
Dan was previously a clinical pharmacist working at the Launceston General Hospital, with experience in oncology, stroke unit, cardiology and general medicine inpatient services.
- BPharm(Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia. 2008 Thesis: Heavy Metals in Australian Fish Oil Supplements
- Pharmacist Registration, Pharmacy Board of Australia, Australia. 2009
- Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy Accreditation, Australia. 2014
Dan's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. His research is investigating the role of specialist pharmacy-based services in understanding and improving medication adherence. Specifically looking at patients with acute coronary syndromes, more commonly referred to as a heart attack, the literature has shown that although patients can benefit from taking multiple medications long-term, many patients struggle to adhere to such regimens and fail to see the potential benefits. With the Australian government funding specialist pharmacy-based services that can provide patients with clinical pharmacy advice in their home, Dan is looking to tap into this resource as a potential mechanism for improving adherence and the overall quality use of medicines. With coronary heart disease consistently proving to be Australia's number one health expense, improving outcomes within this group of patients is a major focus for ongoing research within Australia.
Dan has previously managed two recruitment sites and overall data collection for a 2-year project recruiting patients in an acute clinical environment and collecting follow-up data over the following 12 months. During this project 369 patients were screened and 184 patients recruited in total.
Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacy
Dan is responsible for the ongoing review and redesign of both the third and fourth year Clinical Pharmacokinetics units.
- Understanding and improving medication adherence.
- Quality use of medicines following acute coronary syndromes
- Contemporary clinical pharmacokinetics
Three minute these (3MT) state runner-up 2013. Receipt of a $1000 travel grant for this competition.
Current project: 'MedReDi: Medication Reviews Redirected' – A randomised controlled trial of a targeted pharmacist home visit service delivered to patients two months after than have recovered from a heart attack.
- Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice (111503)
- Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
- Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)
- Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy) (110321)
- Primary Health Care (111717)
- Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
- Health Education and Promotion (920205)
- Health (929999)
- Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
- Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
Dan's publications range from scientific original research articles, letters to the editor, including one letter in JAMA Internal Medicine, and a review article for a professional publication: Australian Pharmacist.
Journal Article(6 outputs)
|2015||Bernal DDL, Bereznicki LRE, Chalmers L, Castelino RL, Thompson A, et al., 'Medication Adherence Following Acute Coronary Syndrome: Does One Size Fit All?', American journal of cardiovascular drugs : drugs, devices, and other interventions ISSN 1175-3277 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Bereznicki LRE; Chalmers L; Castelino RL; Thompson A; Peterson GM
|2014||Bernal D, 'Stuck on adherence? Improving medication adherence in patients with cardiovascular disease', Australian Pharmacist pp. 1-3. ISSN 0728-4632 (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]|
|2014||Bernal D, Bereznicki LRE, Peterson GM, 'With great power comes great responsibility', Medical Journal of Australia, 200, (6) pp. 321. ISSN 0025-729X (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]|
Citations: Scopus - 1
Co-authors: Bereznicki LRE; Peterson GM
|2014||Bernal D, Bereznicki LRE, Peterson GM, 'Improving Medication Adherence and Helping Patients Make Lifestyle Changes', JAMA Internal Medicine, 174, (10) pp. 1707-8. ISSN 2168-6106 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]|
Co-authors: Bereznicki LRE; Peterson GM
|2014||Bernal D, Chalmers L, Bereznicki LRE, Castelino RL, Davidson PM, et al., 'An online person-centered education package for pharmacists delivering a home medication review service to patients following acute coronary syndromes', European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 2, (3) pp. 408-415. ISSN 2052-5656 (2014) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Chalmers L; Bereznicki LRE; Castelino RL; Davidson PM; Peterson GM
|2012||Bernal DDL, Stafford L, Bereznicki LRE, Castelino RL, Davidson PM, et al., 'Home medicines reviews following acute coronary syndrome: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial', Trials, 13, (30) pp. 1-17. ISSN 1745-6215 (2012) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors: Stafford L; Bereznicki LRE; Castelino RL; Peterson GM
Conference Publication(2 outputs)
|2015||Bernal D, Chalmers L, Castelino RL, Bereznicki LRE, Peterson GM, 'Home Medicines Review following acute coronary syndromes: Preliminary results from a randomised controlled trial', 2015 Joint APSA-ASCEPT Annual Conference, 29 November - 2 December, 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Chalmers L; Castelino RL; Bereznicki LRE; Peterson GM
|2015||Bernal D, Chalmers L, Castelino RL, Peterson GM, 'Home Medicines Review following acute coronary syndromes: Preliminary results from a randomised controlled trial', 2015 Joint APSA-ASCEPT Annual Conference, 29 November - 2 December 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Chalmers L; Castelino RL; Peterson GM