School of Pharmacy

Staff Profile

Dr Sharyn Maxwell

Senior Lecturer and Senior Tutor


I joined the Faculty of Medical Sciences on 1 August 2017 and am looking forward to helping establish the new School of Pharmacy.

I have a multidisciplinary academic background with degrees in economics, health services management, organisational change in healthcare, and higher education. Reflecting this, I have a diverse professional background with experience in the Australian public service, the charitable sector (primarily health-related charities) in Australia and India, Christian ministry, and higher education in Australia and the UK. Between 2009 & 2011 I was a co-director of Durham University’s Project Sri Lanka.

The primary theme throughout my career is improving health and healthcare for people who struggle to access healthcare services whether because of developmental disabilities, mental illness, or socioeconomic circumstances. My current primary research interest is gender awareness amongst students and health professionals and its influence on their capacity as future advocates for reducing health and social-economic inequalities. I still maintain an interest in whole systems approaches to the organisation, delivery and evaluation of health care services.