Dr Sam Hollingworth

Senior Lecturer

School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 61981


Sam joined the School of Pharmacy in July 2012. She has developed a comprehensive research program focussed on pharmacoepidemiology - the use of medicines in populations. She has worked with an extensive network of clinicians and health professionals to investigate the use of medicines and adverse effects in cancer, psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, and general practice. Sam is also involved in research projects with economic evaluations and health technology assessment (HTA). She has an active interest in health systems and health services research, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries (LMIC) and non-communicable diseases (NCD). Sam coordinates, lectures, and tutors in courses in the BPharm (Hons) program and is an advisor for diverse PhD projects. Sam completed a B Science (Hons I) at the University of Queensland then a PhD in fetal physiology at Monash University in Melbourne. After a Sydney Segal Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, Sam worked for several years teaching at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. She then completed a Master in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Queensland. Sam worked in HTA in Australia for almost seven years; evaluating submissions to subsidise medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). She later worked on an international health project with a focus on Indonesia.

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
    Trends in use, characteristics of users and prescribers, and adverse events across many medicine classes used in many clinical areas (e.g. general practice, psychiatry, oncology, neurology, and endocrinology)
  • Economic evaluations within health care & pharmacoeconomics
    Health technology assessment of pharmaceutical and medical services
  • Health services and health systems
    With an interest in services and systems in developing countries


  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science(hons), The University of Queensland


  • Hollingworth, Samantha A., Lie, David C., Siskind, Dan J., Byrne, Gerard J., Hall, Wayne D. and Whiteford, Harvey A. (2011) Psychiatric drug prescribing in elderly Australians: Time for action. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45 9: 705-708. doi:10.3109/00048674.2011.594947

  • Hollingworth, Samantha A., Nissen, Lisa M., Stathis, Stephen S., Siskind, Dan J., Varghese, John M. N. and Scott, James G. (2011) Australian national trends in stimulant dispensing: 2002-2009. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45 4: 332-336. doi:10.3109/00048674.2010.543413

  • Hollingworth, Samantha A., Rush, Amanda, Hall, Wayne D. and Eadie, Mervyn J. (2011) Utilization of anti-Parkinson drugs in Australia: 1995–2009. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 20 5: 450-456. doi:10.1002/pds.2114

  • Hollingworth, Samantha A., Siskind, Dan J., Nissen, Lisa M., Robinson, Maxine and Hall, Wayne D. (2010) Patterns of antipsychotic medication use in Australia 2002-2007. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 4: 372-377. doi:10.3109/00048670903489890

  • Hollingworth, SA and Siskind, DJ (2010) Anxiolytic, hypnotic and sedative medication use in Australia. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 19 3: 280-288. doi:10.1002/pds.1899

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Available Projects

  • Sam invites potential research students to contact her via email or phone to discuss research opportunities. She has supervised research students at Masters and PhD levels.

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • del Mar, Chris, Bennett, Sally, Abell, Bridgett, Boyle, Malcolm, Hill, Kylie, Hollingworth, Samantha, Lewis, Courtney, Noffs, Gustavo, Rickard, Claire, Sanders, Sharon, Schneider, Michal, Stedeman, Inge and Vogel, Adam (2017). Questions about diagnosis: examples of appraisals from different health professions. In Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennett and Chris Del Mar (Ed.), Evidence-based practice across the health professions Third edition ed. (pp. 159-184) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Sam invites potential research students to contact her via email or phone to discuss research opportunities. She has supervised research students at Masters and PhD levels.