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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Natalia Popowicz is a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, a clinical pharmacist in respiratory medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and active in providing continuing professional development to the pharmacy profession. Her PhD on ‘Optimising therapy for pleural infection’ included translational clinical research, which has contributed towards change in the management of this condition both locally and internationally.

Outside clinical and research roles, Ms Popowicz is passionate about teaching and inspiring future and current pharmacists in clinical pharmacotherapy, evidence-based practice and research.

She is a current Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia (SHPA) WA Branch Continuing Education Co-ordinator, and is a member of the SHPA federal Education Steering Group and SHPA Residency Advisory Committee. She is also a current member of the Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Scientific and Medical Conference organising committee, and has been invited to speak at international and national conferences.

Research and practice

Ms Popowicz's clinical research has included establishing the safety and efficacy of intrapleural tPA/DNase therapy as a novel therapy for pleural infection and optimising dosing and administration of this therapy. This research has contributed to changes in the management of pleural infection. Her laboratory research has investigated the biological interactions between bacteria and human pleural fluid, including the mechanistic roles of surface proteins on pneumococcal as potential targets in controlling the development of Streptococcus pneumoniae empyema. 

Ms Popowicz developed the first assay (LC-MS-MS) to measure piperacillin-tazobactam antibiotic levels in pleural fluid to enable individualised dosing to achieve necessary antibiotic concentrations at the site of infection. This will potentially improve patient outcomes. Her research includes collaborations with nine hospitals across Australia, England, Scotland and New Zealand.

In clinical practice as a pharmacist, Ms Popowicz has a research interest in the health outcomes of patients with cystic fibrosis. Her vision is to establish a clinical pharmacy translational research program across Western Australian hospitals and UWA, with a focus on quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, with the ultimate aim of optimising the clinical use of medicine.

Grants and awards


  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (Early Career)Coordinating

  • Principal Investigator, Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Research Advisory Council Grant

  • Thoracic Society of Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting – Best Poster Award- Interventional Pulm/Bronch SIG


  • European Cystic Fibrosis Association Travel Grant, Belgrade, Serbia

  • Coordinating Principal Investigator, Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Research Advisory Council Grant


  • Coordinating Principal Investigator, Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Research Advisory Council Grant


  • Coordinating Principal Investigator, Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Research Advisory Council Grant


  • The University of Western Australia Postgraduate Convocation Travel Award (American Thoracic Society Conference – San Francisco and University College of London)

  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Travel Award


  • Associate Investigator, Institute for Respiratory Health WestCare Alan King Grant


  • Australian Postgraduate Scholarship, The University of Western Australia

  • Lung Institute of Western Australia Pleural Diseases Scholarships

  • Top-up scholarship, The University of Western Australia


  • Abbott Products Cystic Fibrosis Allied Health Travel Scholarship, Treatment adherence strategies for cystic fibrosis (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, US)

External positions

Clinical Pharmacist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Jan 2006 → …

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Research Output 2014 2019

Alteplase Dose Assessment for Pleural infection therapy (ADAPT)-2

Popowicz, N., Ip, H., Piccolo, F., Ahmed, L., West, A. & Lee, Y., Mar 2019, In : Respirology. 24, p. 188-188 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

3 Citations (Scopus)

Bacteriology and clinical outcomes of patients with culture-positive pleural infection in Western Australia: A 6-year analysis

Brims, F., Popowicz, N., Rosenstengel, A., Hart, J., Yogendran, A., Read, C. A., Lee, F., Shrestha, R., Franke, A., Lewis, J. R., Kay, I., Waterer, G. & Lee, Y. C. G., Feb 2019, In : Respirology. 24, 2, p. 171-178 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia
Cross Infection
Viridans Streptococci


Campbell, A., Atmaja, M., Chan, A., King, M., Rangi, J., Popowicz, N. & Lee, K., May 2019, In : RESEARCH IN SOCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACY. 15, 5, p. E18-E18 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract


Popowicz, N., Yap, E., Wong, C., Sullivan, C., Smith, N., Brockway, B., Musk, W., Piccolo, F. & Lee, Y. C. G., Mar 2019, In : Respirology. 24, p. 155-155 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

Steroid therapy and outcome of parapneumonic pleural effusions (STOPPE): Study protocol for a multicenter, double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial

Fitzgerald, D. B., Waterer, G. W., Read, C. A., Fysh, E. T., Shrestha, R., Stanley, C., Muruganandan, S., Lan, N. S. H., Popowicz, N. D., Peddle-McIntyre, C. J., Rahman, N. M., Gan, S. K., Murray, K. & Lee, Y. C. G., Oct 2019, In : Medicine. 98, 43, p. e17397

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pleural Effusion
Randomized Controlled Trials