Elizabeth Roughead is an Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia. Her research interests include public policy concerning medicines, quality use of medicines, pharmacoepidemiology and adverse drug events. She is currently project co-director for a national initiative funded by the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs to improve medicine use in the Australian Veteran population. In 2003–04 she was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. She has been a member of the Federal Government's expert advisory committee on Quality Use of Medicines, the Pharmaceutical Health And Rational use of Medicines (PHARM) committee. She is currently a member of Federal Government's Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the evaluation working group of the National Prescribing Service and a Board member of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.