Centre for Medicine Use and Safety
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 9903 9176
I am doing research in emergency contraception because despite its availability without a prescription from pharmacies, women continue to face barriers to its access. Improved access to this drug will help decrease Australia's abortion rate, which is alarmingly the third highest of developed countries.
Safeera's research focuses on emergency contraception (EC) and has led to national policy and practice change in this field. She is known for her work defining pharmacists' knowledge, attitudes and skills in EC and was recently awarded with a Faculty seed grant to explore barriers to accessing this life-saving drug that helps prevent unwanted pregnancies. Safeera is also an award winning educator, having received a Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Citation, for her scholarly approach to communication teaching and learning. In addition to EC research, Safeera loves anything Bollywood.
Recent media items
Birth control? There's an app for that
Pharmacists ignoring morning-after pill guidelines
ECP advice gap an opportunity for pharmacists
Note to pharmacists on how not to sell the morning-after pill
Paternalistic attitudes put pharmacists at risk
Selected recent publications
Fakih S, Marriott JL, Boardman H, Anderson C, Hussainy SY. Comparing women pharmacy consumers' experiences with weight loss treatment in Victoria and Nottingham: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2014; 14:662.
Hussainy SY, Pham M-P, Stewart K. A mystery caller evaluation of emergency contraception supply practices in community pharmacies in Victoria. Aust N Z J Prim Health 2014 Jun 13 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14006. [Epub ahead of print]
Fakih S, Marriott JL, Hussainy SY. Exploring weight management recommendations across Australian community pharmacies using case vignettes. Health Educ Res 2014; doi: 10.1093/her/cyu045.
Mazza D, Harrison C, Taft A, Britt H, Hobbs M, Stewart K, Hussainy S, Brijnath B. Emergency Contraception in Australia: The desired source of information vs. the actual source of information. Med J Aust 2014; 200(7): 414-415.
Mazza D, Harrison C, Taft A, Britt H, Hobbs M, Stewart K, Hussainy S, Brijnath B. Unplanned Pregnancy and Emergency Contraception in Australia: Unsolved Dilemmas. Aust N Z J Public Health 2014; 38(2): 110-111.
Fakih S, Marriott JL, Hussainy SY. A National Mailed Survey Exploring Weight Management Services Across Australian Community Pharmacies. Aust J Prim Health. 2014 Mar 5 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13118. [Epub ahead of print]
Fakih S, Hussainy SY, Marriott JL. Women pharmacy consumers' experiences with weight loss treatment: A population-based survey. Int J Clin Pharm. 2013 Dec;35(6):1152-60. doi: 10.1007/s11096-013-9839-z. Epub 2013 Aug 23.
Lim A, Hussainy SY, Abramson M. Asthma drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Aust Prescr 2013; 36 (5): 150-153.
de Ponti M, Stewart K, Amir LA, Hussainy SY. Medicine use and safety whilst breastfeeding: investigating the perspectives of community pharmacists in Australia. Aust J Prim Health. 2013 Aug 1. doi: 10.1071/PY13012. [Epub ahead of print]
Amir LH, Raval M, Hussainy SY. Breastfeeding information in pharmacology textbooks: a content analysis. Breastfeeding Review 2013; 21(2):31-7.
Fakih S, Hussainy SY, Marriott JL. Women, Pharmacy and the World Wide Web: Could they be the answer to the obesity epidemic? Int J Pharm Pract. 2013 Jan 31. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12020. [Epub ahead of print]
Mazza D, Harrison C, Taft AJ, Brijnath B, Britt H, Hobbs MK, Stewart K, Hussainy SY. Current contraceptive management in Australian general practice: An analysis of BEACH data. Med J Aust 2012; 197(2):110-14.
Hussainy SY, Dermele N. Knowledge, attitudes and practices of health professionals and women towards medication use in breastfeeding: A review. International Breastfeeding Journal 2011;6:11 (doi:10.1186/1746-4358-6-11, highly accessed).
Taft AJ, Hobbs MK, Amir LH, Hussainy SY, Stewart K, Smith AM et al. Unplanned pregnancy in Australia: what can the GP do? Med J Aust 2011;195(4):166-7.
Hussainy SY, Stewart K, Chapman CB, Taft AJ, Amir LH, Hobbs MK et al. Provision of the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) without prescription: attitudes and practices of pharmacists in Australia. Contraception 2011;83:159-166.Hobbs MK, Taft AJ, Amir LH, Stewart K, Shelley JM, Smith AM, Chapman CB, Hussainy SY. Pharmacy access to the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP): a national survey of a random sample of Australian women. Contraception 2011;83:151-8.