Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Meredith Temple-Smith

Email: m.temple-smith@unimelb.edu.au
DHSc, MPH, BSc, is Associate Professor and Director, Research Training, General Practice, University of Melbourne, Victoria.

Children and young people in out-of-home care Improving access to primary care

Case studyStacey, aged 2 years 9 months, presented to the general practitioner 22 days after commencing foster care as Stacey’s case manager had advised her foster mother, June, that new standards...

A missed opportunity Lessons learnt from a chlamydia testing observation study in general practice

Currently only 12% of Australian women aged 15–24 years are tested annually for chlamydia, as recommended by the RACGP.5 Mathematical modelling suggests that chlamydia prevalence will decrease if...

Female genital cosmetic surgery: Investigating the role of the general practitioner

Female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) encompasses a range of procedures including hymenoplasty, G-spot rejuvenation, vaginal tightening and labiaplasty, which is the surgical reduction of the...

LARCs as first-line contraception – What can general practitioners advise young women?

In seeking contraception, young women are typically demonstrating their intention not to become pregnant. However, as high rates of unintended pregnancy, terminations and use of the ‘morning after...

Managing same day appointments A qualitative study in Australian general practice

Managing same day appointments in Australian general practice clinics is important, as demand for GP appointments is high and supply is limited.3 One of the aims of The Australian Primary Care...

Practice-based research networks

This article is the fourth in a series on general practice research in Australia. The series explores strategies to strengthen general practice research and further develop the evidence base for...

Publish or perish? Evaluation of a writing week

To improve research publication output, a general practice department in Australia declared a department wide ‘writing week’.

‘Your lack of organisation doesn’t constitute our emergency’ – repeat prescription management in general practice

Pharmacists in Australia can dispense some prescription medication (statins and oral contraceptives only) without a valid prescription and without consultation with a patient’s GP (‘continued...

Finding a segue into sex: young men’s views on discussing sexual health with a GP

One Australian study found that less than 10% of GPs took a sexual history from young heterosexual patients, and that female GPs were more likely to take a sexual history from young, heterosexual...

General practice registrar observation of their supervisors in consultation What is the educational value?

Australian general practice training is underpinned by the application of adult learning models and the principles of experiential, needs focused, purpose driven learning, regular professional...

Establishing the Victorian Primary Care Practice Based Research Network

Practice based research networks comprise research academics and primary care practitioners who have the mutual goal of supporting the development and implementation of research that is...


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