Dr. Jamuna Rani Appalasamy


School of Pharmacy

+603 5514 4452
Room  2-5-04

Jamuna Rani is a pharmacist with many years of retail and clinical pharmacy practice experience in the community and hospital settings in Malaysia. Along her healthcare service years, she has contributed to ethical prescription and non-prescription dispensing, patient counseling, essential medication cold-storage management, wholesale medicine supply, satellite pharmacy management, and imported product registration. With the committed passion for continuing medical education (CME) and bedside teaching to nurses, pharmacist technicians, and junior pharmacists, she progressed her career into academia and research. Since then, Jamuna has been actively involved in clinical pharmacy teaching, module coordination, facilitation, and translational research with a keen interest in the aging workforce and geriatric community, and technology advancement.


- Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University Malaysia, 2020

- M.Sc Clinical Pharmacy, University Sains Malaysia (USM), 2013

- Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 2003

Research Experience

Jul 2015 - Jul 2019: As principal Investigator on a translational research involving post-stroke patients (NMRR ID-15-851-24737, ACTRN12618000174280)

Employment History

Sep 2019 - Current: Clinical pharmacy lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia, Sunway

Sep 2013- Jan 2017: Clinical pharmacy lecturer, International Medical University, KL

June 2012 - Aug 2013: Resident Pharmacist, NSCMH Medical Centre, Seremban

Jan 2006 - May 2012: Pharmacist/Manager, SJ Healthtoday Pharmacy, Seremban

July 2004 - Dec 2005: Pharmacist, Medishop Pharmacy, Kajang

June 2003 - June 2004: Junior pharmacist, Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban

Awards and Honours


  • Best paper award - Monash University Malaysia (post graduate-clinical sciences)


  • Best poster award - Pharma Europe, Aug 23- 25, 2015, Valencia, Spain

2016 -  2020

  • Jeffrey Cheah foundation - Monash University, Phd Scholarship

Translational research in the aging and geriatric care with specific interest in:

1. patient education and counseling.

2. mhealth and ehealth.

3. quality of life.

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)


Appalasamy, J. R., Joseph, J. P., Ramaiah, S. S., Quek, K. F., Zain, A. Z. M., & Kyi tha, K. (2019). Exploring stroke survivors’ self-efficacy in understanding and taking medication and determining associated factors: a cross-sectional study in a neurology clinic in Malaysia. Patient Preference and Adherence, Volume 13, 1463–1475. doi: 10.2147/ppa.s215271.

Appalasamy JR, Subramanian P, Tan KM, Seeta Ramaiah S, Joseph JP, Chua SS. The Needs and Barriers of Medication Taking Self-Efficacy Among Poststroke Patients: Qualitative Study JMIR Nursing 2019;2(1):e14399URL: https://nursing.jmir.org/2019/1/e14399/doi:10.2196/14399

Appalasamy JR, Joseph JP, Seeta Ramaiah S, Quek KF, Md Zain AZ, Tha KK. An Intervention to Promote Medication Understanding and Use Self-Efficacy: Design of Video Narratives for Aging Patients at Risk of Recurrent Stroke JMIR Aging 2019;2(1):e11539 URL: http://aging.jmir.org/2019/1/e11539/ doi:10.2196/11539.


Appalasamy, JR ; Tha, KK ; Quek, KF ; Ramaiah, SS ; Joseph, JP ; Md Zain, AZ. The effectiveness of culturally tailored video narratives on medication understanding and use self-efficacy among stroke patients: A randomized controlled trial study protocol. Medicine. June 2018, Vol. 97(22), pp.e10876.


Sathish A, Rohit KV, Jamuna RA., Ankur B., Kok SY. Pharmacists’ Perceptions and Experiences on the Dispensing of Topical Antibacterial Drugs in Community Pharmacy Settings in Kedah, Malaysia. Trop J Pharmaceutical Research. 2016; 15 (4): 855 – 860.


Ghaneshwari R, Rohit KV, Ankur B, Jamuna RA. Awareness of Risk Factors for Skin Infections and its Impact on Quality of Life among Adults in a Malaysian City: A Cross-Sectional Study. Trop J Pharmaceutical Research. 2015; 14 (10): 1913 – 1917.

2018 - 2019: Jamuna Rani Appalasamy (Postgraduate publication incentives and travel grant from School of Medicine, Monash Malaysia), RM 4,500

2014 - 2016: Jamuna Rani Appalasamy (BP I-01/11(48)2014    Awareness of skin infections among adults in a community of Klang Valley), International Medical University, RM 12,000.00


Ghaneshwari Ramamuthie (Completed - 2014)
- Main Supervisor

Jayshalene Balakrishnan (Completed - 2014)
- Main Supervisor

Manvinder Kaur (Completed - 2014)
- Main Supervisor

Mohd Amirul Arif (Completed - 2014)
- Main Supervisor

Wong Peng Peng (Completed - 2015)
- Co-supervisor

Toh Wan Qi (Completed - 2015)
- Co-supervisor

Shirley Chan Lee Jiun (Completed - 2015)
- Co-supervisor

Cheah Xing Yi (Completed - 2015)
- Co-supervisor


Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)


Patient and Education (Elsevier)

Registered GCP (good clinical practice) practitioner