Associate Professor James Brown called his new appointment ‘an honour and a privilege’.
‘The rural clinical schools are a key initiative in establishing a pipeline into rural medical practice. Gippsland has already benefitted considerably from Monash Rural Health graduates who have continued in Gippsland,’ he said.
‘I look forward very much to working with Monash Rural Health Gippsland alongside my other roles as a practice owner and supervisor in Trafalgar, and as Principal Medical Education Advisor at the Royal Australian College of General Practice.’
According to Monash, adjunct appointments are a way of recognising the contribution of individuals who have and continue to further the goals of the university.
Having been an accredited general practice supervisor with the AGPT Program since 1991, Associate Professor Brown has also served as Director of Training for the Gippsland General Practice Training Program (2005–15) and Director of Education Quality Improvement at Eastern Victoria General Practice Training (2016–20).
He received a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to medical education and the community in 2014, and recently completed his PhD at Monash with a thesis exploring the identity development of general practice trainees and the supervisory relationship’s role in supporting this journey.
‘Associate Professor Brown is a highly valued member of the Gippsland medical community,’ Associate Professor Cathy Haigh, Director of Monash Rural Health Gippsland, said. ‘His significant experience in regional practice and expertise in general practice education and research will be an asset to our staff and students.’
Associate Professor Brown formally commences his position this month. He will continue to play a leading role in the development and support of the RACGP’s profession-led, community based training model for the future of general practice training.