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Dr Ramesh Walpola is a practicing community pharmacist and Lecturer in Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, Griffith University. His main area of research expertise and interest is in patient safety, particularly examining the social determinants of safe practices. Ramesh completed his PhD at The University of Sydney in 2016, which focused on the development of educational interventions to enhance generational change in patient safety practices in the pharmacy setting. He was awarded the FIP Young Pharmacist Award for Professional Innovation in 2012 in recognition of the novelty of this work. Following his PhD, he worked in a number of clinical research roles, including a multicenter deprescribing randomized controlled trial and a review of the junior undergraduate pharmacy practice curriculum at The University of Sydney.