Staff Profile:Professor Kath Ryan

Professor Kath Ryan
Job Title:
Professor of Social Pharmacy
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Associate Member Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Founding Co-Director and Senior Advisor, Healthtalk Australia
  • Member of LLLI Professional Advisory Board, Health Advisory Committee
  • Member of LLLNZ Professional Advisory Group
  • Member International Advisory Board Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
  • Occasional consultant to US, UK and NZ governments on breastfeeding
Areas of Interest:
  • Personal experiences of health and illness
  • Innovative qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods health research
  • Pharmacy practice research especially social pharmacy, including pharmaceuticalisation of people's lives and affective practices around medicines use
  • Consumer perspectives on medicines' use including medication narratives, person-centred care, self-management and monitoring, discourses of pain, and deprescribing especially in the frail elderly
  • Health services research including public perceptions of pharmacy services and the role of pharmacists
  • Public patient involvement, engagement and participation (PPIEP) in pharmacy practice research and teaching
  • Breastfeeding research, education, promotion and support from lay, professional and academic perspectives in developed and developing countries including the safe use of medicines in pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Australians' experiences of ageing and access to healthcare services
Research groups / Centres:
  • Hussainy, S. Y., Ghosh, A., Taft, A., Mazza, D., Black, K. I., Clifford, R., Gudka, S., McNamara, K. P., Ryan, K., Jackson, J. K. (2015). Protocol for ACCESS: a qualitative study exploring barriers and facilitators to accessing the emergency contraceptive pill from community pharmacies in Australia. BMJ Open 5(12) Retrieved from
  • Zhu, X. L., & Ryan, K. (2015). When can I be free from my miserable leg? A qualitative study of patients' experience of chronic leg ulceration in primary healthcare in Singapore. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 44 (Supplement) (10), S18.
  • Arnold, R., van Teijlingen, E., Ryan, K., & Holloway, I. (2015). Understanding Afghan health care providers: A qualitative study of the culture of care in a Kabul maternity hospital. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gyneacology 122(2), 260-267. First published online 14 November 2014 DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13179
  • Amir, L., Barnett, C., Ryan, K. (2015). Delphi survey of international pharmacology experts: An attempt to derive international recommendations for use of medicine in breastfeeding women. Breastfeeding Medicine 10(3), 168-174.
  • Saha, M. R., Amir, L. H., & Ryan, K. (2015). Postnatal women's use of medicines and breastfeeding practices: a systematic review International. Breastfeeding Journal 10(28), DOI 10:1186/s13006-015-0053-6
  • Tudball, J., Ryan, K., Williamson, M., Manias, E., & Smith, L. (2014). The challenge of travelling with multiple medicines. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, (In review).
  • Worswick, L., Little, C., Ryan, K., & Carr, E. (2014). Interprofessional learning in primary care: An exploration of the service user experience leads to a new model for co-learning. Nurse Education today, Available online 29 May 2014. doi: DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.05.007
  • Ryan, K., Team, V., & Alexander, J. (2013). Expressionists of the 21st Century: The commodification and commercialization of expressed breast milk. Medical Anthropology Accepted online publication Feb 2013, doi: 10.1080/01459740.2013.768620.
  • Amir, L. H., Ryan, K. M., & Jordan, S. E. (2012). Avoiding risk at what cost? putting use of medicines for breastfeeding women into perspective. [Commentary]. International Breastfeeding Journal, 7(14). doi: 10.1186/1746-4358-7-14
  • Ryan, K., Alexander, J., & Smith, L. (2012). When baby's chronic illness or disability interfere with breastfeeding: Women's emotional adjustment. Midwifery, First published online 9 October 2012. doi:
  • Lim, A., Stewart, K., Abramson, M. J., Ryan, K., & George, J. (2012). Facilitators of and Barriers to Optimal Asthma Management during Pregnancy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 8 (6), 8(6), e43-e43.
  • Ryan, K., Smith, L., Hislop, J., Anderson, C., & Herxheimer, A. (2012). How do Women Talk about HRT? Discourses of Risk and Decision-Making in Experiential Narratives of Menopause. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 8(6), e21-e22.
  • Wilkins, C., Ryan, K., Green, J., & Thomas, P. (2012). Infant feeding attitudes of women in the United Kingdom during pregnancy and after birth. Journal of Human Lactation, 28(4), 547-555. doi: 10.1177/0890334412456602
  • Lim, A., Stewart, K., Abrahamson, M. J., Ryan, K., & George, J. (2012). Asthma during pregnancy: the experiences, concerns and views of pregnant women with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 49(5), 474-479. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2012.678024
  • van Teijlingen, E., K. Ryan, et al. (2011). The Research Excellence Framework (REF): new developments to assess research in Higher Educational institutions and its impact on society. MIDIRS 21 (3): 298-301
  • Ryan, K., S. Brown, C. Wilkins, A. Taylor, R. Arnold, C. Angell, E. van Teijlingen (2011). Which hat am I wearing today? Practising midwives doing research. Evidence Based Midwifery 9 (1): 4-8
  • Ryan, K.M., Todres, L., & Alexander, J. (2011). Calling, permission, fulfilment: The inter-embodied experience of breastfeeding. Qualitative Health Research, 21 (6): 731-742, first published on December 7, 2010 doi:10.1177/1049732310392591
  • Ryan, K.M., Bissell, P., & Alexander, J. (2010). Moral work in women's narratives of breastfeeding. Social Science & Medicine 70 (6): 591-598.
  • Ryan, K., Field, K., & Anderson, C. (2010). Patients' experiences as a resource for health professional training. Pharmacy Education, 10(2).
  • Postgraduate education and supervision
  • Research methods, healthcare ethics, sociology for pharmacists
  • Pharmacy practice including public health and health promotion
  • Large lectures, small groups, workshops, tutorials, laboratory sessions, face-to-face, distance and online
Kath Ryan

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+44 (0) 118 378 8818
Harry Nursten 1.05d

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