Mary Madden

BPharm, GDip Hlth Sci, MPS


Practicing Registered Pharmacist

First registered in October 2002, I have worked in a range of pharmacist roles from pharmacist in charge of a shop, to dispensing community pharmacist, to hospital pharmacist on ward rounds, to locum pharmacist. 
My teaching roles began in 2006 working as a tutor for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) with pharmacy interns in the Albury-Wodonga region.  Following this rewarding experience, I began my academic career as an Associate Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in 2007 at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga NSW.
While at CSU I also completed two mandatory teaching units and a Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science.  I have completed my Graduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education here at CDU (yet to graduate). 
During teaching, I enjoy facilitating group work activities and promoting problem based learning, contextualising theoretical material to practical experiences.  As this is the style of learning students will most likely use in continuing professionals development, I believe undergraduates must develop these skills to be work-ready, and become lifelong learners.  Areas I teach include pharmacy practice and pharmaceutics. 
In association with the PSA, I’ve also provided continuing professional development lectures and workshops for pharmacists and interns.

Extracurricular Professional Development

In addition to encouraging students to study the core material in the course here at CDU, I am also passionate about building capacity through extracurricular national competition opportunities.  These include Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) and the National Student Business Plan Competitions.  From undertaking these opportunities, students begin building networks with industry, students at other universities and potential future employers and colleagues.


My main research interest is pharmacy practice in rural and regional Australia. 
I have one publication based on a pilot study looking into medication error management in pharmacy in rural and regional settings.  During 2013 I’ll also present posters at conferences analysing the implementation of online continuing professional development especially for rural and regional practitioners; and the teaching and learning styles of undergraduate pharmacy students. 
My research in rural pharmacy practice is ongoing, currently exploring best practice supply of dose administration aids to remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.


Elden, S, Yee, KC & Madden ME, The Perceived Efficacy of Non-prescription Medications taken by Women who Experience PMS; APSA poster presentation 2012


Madden ME, Ball PA, The decision-making processes of pharmacists in inland Australia – a pilot study. The International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education, Practice and Policy, (11) 1573. 2011


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Charles Darwin University

Darwin NT, 0909