Associate Professor Karen Whitfield

Karen is an Assistant Director in Pharmacy at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland Australia. Her specialist clinical interest lies in medication management, optimisation and safety in neonatology, pregnancy and breast feeding.

In 2017 Karen received the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia. Karen holds an Associate Professor Research position with the University of Queensland and supervises several Research Higher Degree students.

Karen has a strong interest in leadership and the concept of developing highly functioning teams, to impact positively on patient care. Recently Karen has been developing an interest in the development of personal and workforce resilience. Resilience is now being recognised as an essential leadership skill. Karen has facilitated several workshops on resilience at Life Long Learning for Pharmacists, Brisbane (2018) and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Brisbane (2018).