Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



John A Stevens

RN, PhD, FACN, Associate Professor, Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW

A user assessment of the potential for shared medical appointments in Australia

We have previously reported on the viability of shared medical appointments (SMAs) or group visits in an Australia context to better support the demands of the rise in chronic diseases.2 SMAs are...

Patients’ and providers’ satisfaction with shared medical appointments

We have previously discussed the potential of shared medical appointments (SMAs) and their possible acceptability among patients and providers.1,2 SMAs (also known as group visits) are...

Shared medical appointments An adjunct for chronic disease management in Australia?

Primary care consultations have traditionally occurred in a one-on-one situation between clinician and patient. This is appropriate for acute disease and injury, but may not be optimal for chronic...

Shared medical appointments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023 (the Plan)1 established the overarching health goal of ‘achieving equality of health status and life expectancy between...


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