Pallavi Prathivadi

Pallavi Prathivadi
PhD Candidate
RTP Scholarship Awardee
Department of General Practice

Professor Danielle Mazza (Main)
Dr Chris Barton

Improving opioid prescribing in Australian general practice

2020 Fulbright Future Scholarship Awardee & the National General Practice Registrar of the Year

Returning to Monash was an easy decision for Dr Pallavi Prathivadi. Having completed a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) at Monash, Dr Pallavi likes to joke that her and her brother, also a higher degree student, bleed Monash.

Reduce unsafe opiod prescribing

During her specialist general practise training, Dr Pallavi commenced a PhD to pursue her passion for pain management and exploring the current knowledge, attitudes and factors influencing the opioid-prescribing practices of Australian General Practitioners.

“The outcome of my research will inform the design of an intervention targeting GPs to improve opioid prescribing, particularly in chronic pain.”

"The aim is that this will reduce unsafe opioid prescribing, improve community health and support doctors in safe and evidence-based pain management.”

Reflecting on the research environment within the Department of General Practice, Dr Pallavi shares that she is part of a happy, enthusiastic, supportive group of colleagues and friends. “Like most people, I perform best when I am happy, confident and well supported, and that’s the exact culture at Monash."

“Both of my supervisors are very encouraging of my ambition and career plans. They encourage me and other early career researchers to regularly apply for grants, awards and conferences.”

Dr Pallavi has had the opportunity to present at various conferences; these include the Primary Health Care Research Conference (2018), the Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific meeting (Gold Coast, 2019) and the Society of Academic Primary Care conference (United Kingdom, 2019).

“I find presenting at conferences, publishing papers and being awarded grants incredibly rewarding and encouraging.”

Her most recent academic achievement includes being named the National General Practice Registrar of the Year at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) awards. Reflecting on this professional recognition, Dr Pallavi says “this award is really a testament to how great my workplaces are.”