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Colin Curtain

Colin Curtain

Dr Colin Curtain

BPharmProfHons(Pharmacy Practice) course coordinator

BPharm(Hons) GradDipComp PhD

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Pharmacy Building
Telephone +61 3 6226 1096

Career Path

Dr Curtain completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Tasmania in 1988. Since then he has worked as a community pharmacist for various pharmacies in Tasmania, and with the Royal Hobart Hospital. He was employed as a researcher at UMORE for the PROMISe project (2008-2010) which investigated clinical interventions performed by community pharmacists in Australia. 

In 2010 he completed his honours thesis entitled 'Computerised decision support systems in pharmacy practice' for which he was awarded a First Class. In 2011 Dr Curtain completed a Graduate Diploma of Computing. His PhD, awarded in 2014, was an evaluation of clinical decision support provided by medication review software.

Teaching Interests

Dr Curtain lectures in Pharmacy in Health Care (CSA101). He is course co-ordinator of the online course, Bachelor of Pharmacy with Professional Honours (Pharmacy Practice), and teaches into Pharmacy Practice I (CSA505), Pharmacy Practice II (CSA506), Pharmacy Practice III (CSA507), Pharmacy Practice IV (CSA508) and Critical Evaluation of Research Literature (CSA727).

Research Interests

Dr Curtain has a personal interest in information technology and the use of clinical decision support to assist detection of drug-related problems. He also has an interest in the problems associated with medication use in older people and in the application of prescribing criteria such as the Beers criteria and STOPP/START criteria.

Research Expertise and Specific Skills

  • Scientific writing and literature review
  • Survey development
  • Data manipulation and analysis including development and use of databases and SQL
  • Programming experience
  • Familiarity with the Australian Medicines Terminology and other medical coding systems
  • Statistical analysis primarily using R and SPSS

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