Dr Nadir Kheir

PhD; PGDipPharm; PGCertClinEdu


I am the Academic Director of Postgraduate Program (Taught Courses) at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, and I was Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy in Qatar University in the period from 2007 to 2017. I was the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development of Healthcare Professionals (Qatar University-Health Cluster) and I was a founding member of the College.  I gained my PhD from Otago University in New Zealand and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical education from the University of New South Wales in Australia. My research focus is in health outcomes and the burden of medicines especially on people with long term health issues and on polypharmacy. My current research looks at the burden of medicines on the health of endogenous populations and the refugees and immigrants in NZ. I have published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and I delivered numerous invited presentations in pharmacy conferences and symposia nationally, regionally, and internationally. 

Research | Current

1. Examining Stakeholder views on refugee healthcare needs, future health care direction, and current barriers in accessing health care services in Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2018.

2. The Burden of Medicines as Perceived by People from Māori  and Pacific Island Ethnicity in Aotearoa; New Zealand, 2018

3. Zolezzi M et al. Implementation of a cardiovascular health check service in trained community pharmacies. Collaborative and High Impact Grant. Qatar University, 2018.

4. El-Hajj et al. Evaluation of an intensive multi-disciplinary education program on tobacco treatment for pharmacists in Qatar: a randomized controlled study. Collaborative and High Impact Grant. Qatar University 2018.



Teaching | Current


Module Leader: Oncology (Pharmacy 411); ENT/Eye/Dental and Haematology (Pharmacy 312)

Course Director: Pharmacy 746 (Critical Appraisal and Medicines Information- Postgraduate Certificate course).


Postgraduate supervision


Master degree:  [Examining Stakeholder views on refugee healthcare needs, future health care direction, and current barriers in accessing health care services in Aotearoa, New Zealand].


Sr. Lecturer and Academic Director; Posgraduate Program-Taught

Areas of expertise

Health outcome research, burden of medicines, questionnaire development and validation, pharmaceutical care

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair: Postgraduate Education Committee

Chair: Postgraduate Working Group

Member of several faculty and university-wide committees

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jaam, M., Ibrahim, M. I. M., Kheir, N., & Awaisu, A. (2017). Factors associated with medication adherence among patients with diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa region: A systematic mixed studies review. Diabetes research and clinical practice, 129, 1-15. 10.1016/j.diabres.2017.04.015
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43989
  • Kheir, N., Al-Ismail, M. S., & Al-Nakeeb, R. (2017). Can source triangulation be used to overcome limitations of self-assessments? Assessing educational needs and professional competence of pharmacists practicing in Qatar. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 37 (2), 83-89. 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000148
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49341
  • Kheir, N., Awaisu, A., Radoui, A., El Badawi, A., Jean, L., & Dowse, R. (2014). Development and evaluation of pictograms on medication labels for patients with limited literacy skills in a culturally diverse multiethnic population. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 10 (5), 720-730. 10.1016/j.sapharm.2013.11.003
  • Kheir, N. (2013). An Arab pharmacy spring: Taking matters in their own hands. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 35 (5), 665-667. 10.1007/s11096-013-9808-6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44469

Contact details

Primary office location

Level B, Room B20
New Zealand