Current and Past recipients of the Academic Post Program

Announcement – Successful 2023 Academic Post Applications

The RACGP is pleased to announce the awarding of 20 academic posts for the 2023 program. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2023 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

General program information

The Academic Post policy has recently been updated.

What has changed?

Previously, Academic Registrars were required to complete the 0.5 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Academic Post concurrently with a 0.5 FTE clinical training component.

The eligibility requirements for reducing the concurrent clinical training requirement have now been changed to allow for more flexibility for Academic Registrars. Moving forward, all registrars undertaking an Academic Post can apply to complete the concurrent clinical component of the academic term part time. The RACGP may reduce or waive the concurrent clinical requirement, to allow for the Academic Post to be undertaken part time. The revised eligibility requirements are detailed in clause 7.4 of the new policy.

Past recipients of the Academic Post Program

The RACGP is pleased to announce the awarding of 22 academic posts for the 2022 program. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2022 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

The RACGP Academic Post 2022 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2022 (PDF 1.4 MB)

The RACGP is pleased to announce the awarding of 21 academic posts for the 2021 program. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2021 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

The RACGP Academic Post 2021 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2021 (PDF 860 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2021 Academic Registrars:

Significant achievements:

  • Dr Isabel Hanson was selected as a 2022 Sir General John Monash Scholar
  • Dr Katie Fisher was awarded a RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges-Webb Memorial Award for her work with Prof Parker Magin, Prof Mieke van Driel and Ms Amanda Tapley. Project title - The prevalence and associations of telehealth consultations in GP registrars' practice: a cross-sectional study nested within the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) study. ($1,000.00)
  • Dr Brent Venning was awarded a RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges-Webb Memorial Award for his Academic Post research project. Project title - A Discrete Choice Experiment: Preferences and willingness-to-pay for a DNA test to assess cancer risk. ($1,000.00)

RACGP awarded 20 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2020, including the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and Australian Journal of General Practice specialised posts. A list of the successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2020 Academic Post Registrars and research questions.

The RACGP Academic Post 2020 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2020 (PDF 876 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2020 Academic Registrars:

  • "Immunising older Australians: Pre-COVID-19 vaccine perspectives from general practice training" publish by 2020 Academic Post registrar Dr Isaac Tranter (available here)
  • "Long-term benzodiazepines and z-drug prescribing in Australian general practice between 2011 and 2018: A national study" published by 2020 Academic Post registrar Dr Amelia Woods (available here)

RACGP awarded 20 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2019. A list of successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2019 Academic Post Registrars and research questions (PDF 469 KB)

The RACGP Academic Post 2019 Cohort Guide provides comprehensive information for current and prospective academic registrars and their training providers.

RACGP Academic Post Cohort Guide 2019 (PDF 204 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2019 Academic Registrars:

  • "Advance care planning in dementia: a qualitative study of Australian general practitioners" published by 2019 Academic Post registrar Dr Adnan Alam (available via CSIRO)
  • "Educator perceptions on teaching Indigenous health: Racism, privilege and self‐reflexivity" published by 2019 Academic Post Registrar Dr Alyssa Vass (available from Wiley)
  • "Trends in long-term opioid prescriptions for musculoskeletal conditions in Australian general practice: a national longitudinal study using Medicine Insight, 2012–2018" published by 2019 Academic Post Registrar Dr Sean Black-Tiong (available at BMJ)

Significant achievements:

  • Dr Adnan Alam was awarded the Australian Journal of Primary Health Best Oral Paper Prize for his paper entitled 'Advance care planning in dementia: A qualitative study of Australian general practitioners' at the AAAPC Annual Research Conference in August 2020.
  • Dr Rita McMorrow was awarded the Alan Chancellor Award – presented to a GP or general practice registrar considered to be the best first presenter of a research paper at the RACGP’s annual conference – GP19 in October 2019.
  • Dr Georgina Taylor was awarded the Ada Wilmadda Parry Aboriginal Health Scholarship – presented to the best project idea that focuses on improving cultural and linguistic understanding between indigenous patients and general practitioners to create positive health change in the Northern Territory.
  • Dr Sean Black-Tiong has been awarded the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) / RACGP Foundation Research Grant.
  • Dr Katrina Giskes has been awarded the HCF Research Foundation / RACGP Foundation Research Grant.

RACGP awarded 18 academic posts to general practice registrars to undertake research and teaching during 2018. A list of successful applicants and their research projects can be accessed here: 2018 Academic Post Registrars and research questions (PDF 84 KB)

Scholarly articles published by 2018 Academic Registrars

  • "Patient chosen gap payments in primary care: Predictions of patient acceptability, uptake and willingness to pay from a discrete choice experiment" A paper written by 2018 Academic Post registrars Dr Daniel Epstein, that was published in Social Science and Medicine, available at ScienceDirect
  • "Diagnosing and providing initial management for patients with Gestational Diabetes: What is the General Practitioner's experience?" A paper written by 2018 Academic Post registrar Dr Alison Green, that was published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, available at Science Direct.
  • "Patient-Chosen Gap Payment: an exploratory qualitative review of patients and general practitioner attitudes toward an alternative funding model for general practice." A paper written by 2018 Academic Post registrars Dr Daniel Epstein, that was published in Australian Journal of Primary Health, available at CSIRO Publishing.

Significant achievements:

  • Dr Pallavi Prathivadi was awarded the 2019 RACGP Victorian Registrar of the Year.
  • Dr Melinda Choy was awarded the RACGP Foundation/IPN Medical Centres Research Grant which supports GPs and general practice registrars to conduct medical research into primary healthcare and develop research career pathways. Titled, “eHealth and disadvantage: A mixed methods study exploring how patients with chronic disease experience eHealth”, Dr Choy’s project is an extension of the work she has been doing during her academic post at the Australian National University.
  • Dr Melinda Choy has also been awarded the RACGP Foundation Walpole Grieve Award (WGA).
  • Dr Roisin Bhamjee RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges-Webb Memorial Award.
  • Dr Daniel Epstein was awarded the 2018 RACGP Victorian Registrar of the Year.
  • Dr Rachel Turner was awarded the Dr Charlotte Hespe research award from GP Synergy for an outstanding academic project.
  • Dr Pallavi Prathivadi received the RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges Webb Memorial award and the Shepherd Foundation grant and is undertaking a PhD.

A list of projects undertaken by the 2017 Academic Registrars can be accessed here: 2017 Academic Post Registrars and research questions (PDF 351 KB)

Scholarly articles published by the 2017 Academic Registrars:

  • Junior doctors, burnout and wellbeing: Understanding the experience of burnout in general practice registrars and hospital equivalents
    A paper written by 2017 Academic Post registrar Dr Rebekah Hoffman, that was published in the Australian Journal of General Practice
  • “An online resource supporting refugee healthcare in Australian general practice: An exploratory study” Dr Timothy Wittick et al Australian Journal of General Practice. Volume 47, No. 11, November 2018.
  • “Definition of whole person care in general practice in the English language literature: a systematic review” Dr Hayley Thomas et al. published in BMJ Open, Volume 8, Issue 12, 2018.
  • “Mobile App Use by Primary Care Patients to Manage Their Depressive Symptoms: Qualitative Study” – Dr Alison Pung et al. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2018;20(9) :e10035.
  • “Socioeconomic status and time in glucose target range in people with type 2 diabetes: a baseline analysis of the GP-OSMOTIC study” - Dr Mei Lyn Tan et al. BMC Endocrine Disorders (2018) 18:47.
  • “General practice registrars' experiences of antenatal care: A cross-sectional analysis”. Dr Emma Pappalardo et al. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2019 Aug 19. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13042.

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Building bridges between primary care, research, and health policy

A recent recipient of a research scholarship and RACGP Academic Post wants to combine her skills to make a positive impact.

New wave of GP-researchers set to tackle vital questions

GPs in training across Australia are set to examine a variety of critical health issues and work to improve primary care for patients as part of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 2021 Academic Post program.

Working to further general practice research

GPs in training across Australia are set to examine a variety of critical health issues and work to improve primary care for patients as part of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 2021 Academic Post program.

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Georgia Franklin
03 8699 0418 gpedresearch@racgp.org.au