Professor Jo-anne Brien

Page last updated: 31 October 2023

Professor Jo-anne Brien was appointed as the inaugural chair in Clinical Pharmacy (St Vincent’s Hospital) at the University of Sydney in 2000, and continued in this role until 2020. She is now an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Pharmacy School at The University of Sydney. Professor Brien is an Adjunct Professor in the St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales. Professor Brien is a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee.
In her early career, Professor Brien was working as a clinical pharmacist in Oncology Pharmacy in Sydney, and then undertook postgraduate clinical research training in the United States, working in academic research units with a focus on pharmacokinetics in cancer and returned to an academic appointment at Monash University in 1992.

Professor Brien was Chair of the St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee for 15 years,and was Deputy Chair of the St Vincent’s Hospital Drug and Therapeutics Committee from 2000 until 2019. Other roles have included membership of the Management Committee of the New South Wales (NSW) Therapeutic Advisory Group, the Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Chairmanship of the NSW Branch of Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia. Professor Brien was Associate Editor for the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research from 2006 to 2013.

In 2006 Professor Brien was awarded the ‘Best Consultant Tutor’ in the St Vincent’s Clinical School, and in 2008 was awarded the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia Medal of Merit. Professor Brien has supervised 40 postgraduate research students in the areas of Quality Use of Medicines and Health Services research.