Special Issue "Rural and Regional Pharmacy Education and Leadership"


A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Maree Donna Simpson
Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 883, Orange 2800, Australia
Website: http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/science/biomed/staff/profiles/academic-staff/maree-simpson
E-Mail: masimpson@csu.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6365 7818
Interests: pharmacy practice; CAM (complementary and alternative medicines); pharmacy education; workplace learning (professional); self care and self limiting disease states

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In many nations, the health experience of members of the population are significantly different by location, with those in rural and remote areas experiencing poorer health outcomes (Anderson et al., 2006; Hartley, 2004; Phillips & McLeroy, 2004; Pong, DesMeules, & Lagacé, 2009; Probst, Moore, Glover, & Samuels, 2004; Smith, Humphreys, & Wilson, 2008). Further, there is often a paucity of health professionals, with many in rural and remote areas being early career practitioners, and frequently, the only practitioner of their professional in that town or region (Dolea, Stormont, & Braichet, 2010; Goodyear-Smith & Janes, 2008). Traditionally, universities which offer education for health professions such as pharmacy have been situated in larger urban towns and intending students had to relocate to those towns for their education. Increasingly, pharmacy schools are starting outside major metropolitan areas and offer an option for students to complete their education in non-metropolitan sites.

Another side to the education of pharmacists in newer schools which are geographically remote from the major metropolis, is the inclusion in many cases of distributed leadership in the course to address the perceived need for graduates to be able to represent their profession and serve and advocate for their patients in the multidisciplinary healthcare team, in relative geographic isolation. This special issue offers the opportunity to explore rural pharmacy education, its practices and innovation, and further the extent of education for professional leadership in the program.


Anderson, I., Crengle, S., Leialoha Kamaka, M., Chen, T.-H., Palafox, N., & Jackson-Pulver, L. (2006). Indigenous health in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. The Lancet, 367(9524), 1775-1785.
Dolea, C., Stormont, L., & Braichet, J.-M. (2010). Evaluated strategies to increase attraction and retention of health workers in remote and rural areas. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 88(5), 379-385.
Goodyear-Smith, F., & Janes, R. (2008). New Zealand rural primary health care workforce in 2005: more than just a doctor shortage. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 16(1), 40-46.
Hartley, D. (2004). Rural health disparities, population health, and rural culture. American Journal of Public Health, 94(10), 1675–1678.
Phillips, C. D., & McLeroy, K. R. (2004). Health in rural America: remembering the importance of place. American Journal of Public Health, 94(10), 1661.
Pong, R. W., DesMeules, M., & Lagacé, C. (2009). Rural-urban disparities in health: How does Canada fare and how does Canada compare with Australia? Australian Journal of Rural Health, 17(1), 58-64.
Probst, J. C., Moore, C. G., Glover, S. H., & Samuels, M. E. (2004). Person and place: the compounding effects of race/ethnicity and rurality on health. American Journal of Public Health, 94(10), 1695-1703.
Smith, K. B., Humphreys, J. S., & Wilson, M. G. A. (2008). Addressing the health disadvantage of rural populations: how does epidemiological evidence inform rural health policies and research? Journal of Rural Health, 16(2), 56-66.

Dr. Maree Donna Simpson
Guest Editor


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  • rural pharmacy
  • pharmacy education
  • pharmacy leadership

Published Papers (5 papers)

Pharmacy 2014, 2(3), 202-204; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2030202
Received: 30 March 2014; in revised form: 15 June 2014 / Accepted: 24 June 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
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Pharmacy 2014, 2(1), 124-136; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2010124
Received: 13 January 2014; in revised form: 4 March 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 12 March 2014
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Pharmacy 2014, 2(1), 88-97; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2010088
Received: 27 December 2013; in revised form: 18 February 2014 / Accepted: 19 February 2014 / Published: 4 March 2014
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Pharmacy 2014, 2(1), 74-85; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2010074
Received: 31 December 2013; in revised form: 1 February 2014 / Accepted: 12 February 2014 / Published: 19 February 2014
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Pharmacy 2014, 2(1), 65-73; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2010065
Received: 20 December 2013; in revised form: 4 February 2014 / Accepted: 8 February 2014 / Published: 13 February 2014
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