Almost everyone will take medicines at some point in their lives. Medicines have many benefits but can also cause harm. A total of 250,000 hospital admissions annually are medicine-related, costing $1.4 billion annually. Recognising the significant medicine harms, the Australian government declared Quality Use of Medicines and Medicines Safety as a National Health Priority Area in 2019.
Dr Lim’s research focuses on quantifying harms due to medicines and developing solutions to prevent these harms. She is addressing some of these harms by working with residents in aged care, their carers and health professionals.
She has organised workshops and drama performances in rural Cambodia to increase understanding on malaria. These initiatives reached 43,000 people in 55 villages with very limited access to health services. Her research has been widely featured in the media and she has submitted reports to the government that have influenced policy making.
Renly was awarded her PhD in 2016 from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is currently an NHMRC Early Career Fellow in the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia.
Medicine safety, ageing, health services research