60 Seconds With… Magda Raban

How would you describe your research?

My research examines the role of electronic systems in aged care to improve medication management and outcomes. My research aims to leverage these systems to better monitor medication use and develop decision support interventions.

What made you pursue this area of research?

From my experiences as a pharmacist and more recently in research, it is clear there is a gap between clinical guidelines and practice. This led me to question how we can close this gap using technology which is ubiquitous across all healthcare settings. Residential aged care is a particularly interesting area as electronic systems are relatively new in this setting, which provides abundant opportunities for providing input into their design to optimise outcomes.

What question do you most often hear at work?

Shall we have a coffee?

How does your work contribute to health system sustainability?

Developing models for optimising electronic systems and using them for medication monitoring is key to ensuring the delivery of evidence-based care and reducing the reporting burden on staff, thus ensuring health system sustainability.

How has collaborating with PCHSS impacted your research?

The PCHSS allows for collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas and concepts. For example, I worked in partnership with PCHSS collaborators on an analysis of antibiotic use in residential aged care facilities. The wide range of expertise available through the PCHSS is extremely valuable.

What might you be found doing outside work?

Wrangling two young kids, doing the local headland walk, and occasionally tinkling the ivories.

If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead), who would it be?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Ketan Joshi.

What was the last great book you read?

The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower.


Magda Raban is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health System and Safety Research, working on PCHSS Research Stream 1.1.

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