Kenneth Lee


  • The University of Western Australia (M315), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Kenneth Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and a clinician. As a clinician, Dr Lee works in a large medical centre as the in-house pharmacist, as well as in private consultancy, where he primarily delivers comprehensive medication management review services to domiciliary patients. Dr Lee is passionate about integrating practice, research, and teaching.

Dr Lee's research interests are inspired by his experience as a clinician and a desire for improving the status quo of patient care. His research aims to collectively:
    1) improve pharmacy practice; and
    2) support patient self-efficacy.
Specifically, Dr Lee is interested in improving the quality of service delivery by pharmacists in primary care settings, and supporting patient self-efficacy through addressing issues such as limited eHealth/health literacy, help-avoidance behaviours, and information overload. His research methodology expertise includes mixed and qualitative methodology.

Dr Lee's teaching philosophy revolves around supporting student self-efficacy through engagement in the subject matter and creating contemporary, authentic learning experiences. His teaching practices are underpinned by evidence-based pedagogy and contemporary teaching methods, and he utilises a growing suite of digital tools to increase 'classroom' interactivity and student buy-in.

Dr Lee completed both a PhD (2015) and a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (2010) at Curtin University in Western Australia. Before joining the University of Western Australia, Dr Lee worked as a sessional tutor at Curtin University, and then as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Tasmania. He has taught across a variety of subject areas, including research methods, pathophysiology, extemporaneous compounding, and has extensive experience in teaching pharmacy practice and therapeutics at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.



New and Noteworthy

Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

2021 Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 

Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

2015 WA Young Pharmacist of the Year


Research interests

Dr Lee's research and scholarship of learning and teaching foci revolve around three main themes:
    1) pharmacy practice;
    2) patient self-efficacy; and
    3) health education (particularly around simulation).

Current projects

Dr Lee is currently supervising/co-supervising five PhD students. The topics include:

  • health information overload among consumers with chronic conditions;
  • professionalism in pharmacy practice;
  • co-designing a health literacy curriculum;
  • facilitating improvements to thromboprophylaxis guideline adherence in General Practice among patients with atrial fibrillation; and
  • improving the acceptability of medications by young children.

Dr Lee is also involved in a number of projects in collaboration with clinicians at Perth Children's Hospital, as well as a co-investigator on a grant exploring real-time monitoring of vaccine safety in community pharmacies (AIM-CP).

Roles and responsibilities

Unit Coordination: PHCY5603 Applied Pharmacotherapy, PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care, PHCY5631/32 Professionalism in Action

Committee Chair: School of Allied Health Learning and Teaching Committee (former as of June 2020), Division of Pharmacy Learning and Teaching Committee, Division of Pharmacy Board of Examiners

Teaching expertise: Therapeutics, Pharmacy Practice, and Research Methods

Community engagement

Dr Lee has consistently engaged with the wider profession at local, national, and international levels. This includes the review of the 2017 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's (PSA) Code of Ethics, the Clinical Monographs for the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook 24th Edition (an essential text for pharmacists and pharmacy students), and the first edition of the PSA's My Health Record Guidelines for Pharmacists. Dr Lee's contributions have been nationally recognised via award of 'Fellow' of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Dr Lee was also a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), and is currently a Pharmacist Digital Health Leader for ADHA.

Additionally, Dr Lee has served on numerous professional committees.


Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA)

Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia Inc. (PSWA)

Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL)

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania

Feb 2018 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Health Literacy
  • Health Information-Seeking Behavior
  • Health Information Behavior
  • Mixed Methods
  • Qualitative research
  • Simulation
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Patient empowerment


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