PROFILE

Dr Deena Ashoorian

Pharmacy academic and mental health researcher

Dr Deena Ashoorian is an academic and researcher in the Pharmacy program at UWA’s School of Allied Health. During her career, Dr Ashoorian has worked many years as a community pharmacist in Australia and overseas. Finding better ways to care for mental health consumers has been the subject of her research interest for several years.

Dr Ashoorian is currently collaborating with the State’s Chief Psychiatrist and peak mental health consumer body Western Australia Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) in a project promoting the concept of ‘shared decision making.’ This is part of an 18-month project funded by Lotterywest. Dr Ashoorian is a trainer of the Mental Health First Aid course and offers it to staff and students throughout the year via the Health Promotion Unit.

I am passionate about finding a better way to care for mental health consumers and this has been the subject of my research for several years. Dr Deena Ashoorian

Funding


2017

Lotterywest

  • Project Plan for the My Medicines and Me Questionnaire
  • Deena Ashoorian for CoMHWA

2013

Mental Health Commission of WA, Richmond Fellowship WA

  • Investigations into the Side Effects of Medications in Mental Health Consumers
  • Deena Ashoorian, Rhonda Clifford, Rowan Davidson, Danny Rock

2012

PSWA

  • Identifying a role for the community pharmacist in the management of mental health consumers
  • Deena Ashoorian, Rhonda Clifford, Rowan Davidson, Daniel Rock

News

Supporting people to effectively manage their mental health medications

The My Medicines and Me Questionnaire (M3Q) (PDF 369KB) is a consumer tool to encourage deeper conversations around the side effects of mental health medication. The self-report questionnaire proactively provides clinicians with critical information about side effects and the perception of them.

These side effects are a major contributor to non-adherence of prescribed medicines which can have potentially negative outcomes for consumers, including reducing the effectiveness of the medicines or a worsening of the condition. 

Developed by Dr Deena Ashoorian in conjunction with previous Chief Psychiatrist Associate Professor Rowan Davidson, Professor Danny Rock and UWA’s Professor Rhonda Clifford, and endorsed by the WA Psychotropic Drug Committee, the M3Q is a useful, validated tool which can assist the therapeutic discussion around medication side effects. 

 

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