Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Jenny Wilkinson

Dr Jenny Wilkinson

Assoc Professor in Physiology

Associate Professor Wilkinson has a BSc with majors in physiology and pharmacology from the University of Queensland. During her Honours year she studied the impact of tamoxifen on the flow of calcium ions in and out of cells of the uterus and completed a PhD at Macquarie University on the effects on caffeine on embryo development. Following several years teaching first year biology at the University of Sydney, Dr Wilkinson joined CSU.

Dr Wilkinson's research now focuses on complementary medicines and the study of the biological basis of their effects and the reasons why people, particularly health professionals, use complementary medicine.

Associate Professor Wilkinson has held a number of positions at CSU including for course coordinator for hours courses in the School of Biomedical Sciences, course coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine and Sub-Dean Research for the Faculty of Health Studies/Faculty of Science. Most recently she has held the position of Courses Director for the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences. Assoc Professor Wilkinson commenced her current position in April 2015.

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Associate Professor Wilkinson has taught and developed subjects across a range of subject areas including physiology and pathophysiology, pharmacology, research methods and evidence-based practice for complementary medicine.

She currently coordinates and teaching the StudyLink subject SSS025 Introduction to Bioscience

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Research interests:
  • Understanding the complementary medicine knowledge base of conventional health care professionals.
  • Use, and attitudes towards, complementary therapies by various health professionals
  • Biological activities of essential oils esp. those from Australian native plants
  • Wound healing properties of honey and essential oils

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  • Bright R, Wilkinson JM, Coventry B. (2014). Advances in the treatment of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: A systematic review. BMC Neurology. [in press]
  • Wilkinson JM, Stevens MJ. (2014). Integrative oncology: use of complementary and alternative medical therapies (CAM) by patients attending a regional NSW comprehensive cancer care centre. Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine. [in press]
  • Ang R, Wilkinson JM. 2013. A preliminary study of complementary & alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners in Singapore. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 12: 42-49.
  • Braun LA, Spitzer O, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson JM, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M.. 2013. Naturopaths and Western herbalists' attitudes to evidence, regulation, information sources and knowledge about popular complementary medicines Complementary Therapies in Medicine 12: 58-64.
  • Braun LA, Spitzer O, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson JM, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M. 2011. The prevalence and experience of Australian naturopaths and Western herbalists working within community pharmacies. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 11: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/1411/1441.
  • Braun L, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson J, Spitzer O, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M. 2010. CMs are safe, say your customers [note]. Australian Journal of Pharmacy 91: 52-53.
  • Braun LA, Spitzer O, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson JM, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M. 2010. Adverse reactions to complementary medicines - the Australian pharmacy experience International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 18: 242-244.
  • Braun LA, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson JM, Spitzer O, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M. 2010. Perceptions, use and attitudes of pharmacy customers on complementary medicines and pharmacy practice. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 10: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/1410/1438.
  • Dooley M, Braun LA, Poole S, Bailey M, Spitzer O, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson J. 2010. The Integration of Complementary Medicines in Community Pharmacy Practice. http://www.guild.org.au/uploadedfiles/Research_and_Development_Grants_Program/Funded_Projects/Fourth_Community_Pharamcy_Agreement/IIG017_%20Full%20Final%20Report.pdf
  • Hood JR, Burton D, Wilkinson JM, Cavanagh HMA. 2010. The effect of Leptospermum petersonii essential oil on Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus Medical Mycology 48: 922-931.
  • Hood JR, Burton DL, Wilkinson JM, Cavanagh HMA. 2010. Antifungal activity of Leptospermum petersonii oil volatiles against Aspergillus spp in vitro and in vivo. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 65: 285-288.
  • Mekseepralard C, Kamkaen N, Wilkinson JM. 2010. Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of traditional Thai herbal remedies for aphthous ulcers. Phytotherapy Research 24: 1514-1519.
  • Tiralongo T, Braun LA, Wilkinson JM, Spitzer O, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M. 2010. Exploring the integration of complementary medicines into Australian pharmacy practice with a focus on different practice settings and background knowledge. Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine 7: http://www.bepress.com/jcim/vol7/iss1/37/.
  • Yam W, Wilkinson JM. 2010. Is acupuncture an acceptable option in stroke rehabilitation? A survey of stroke patients. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 18: 143-149.

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