University departments/disciplines of general practice


The following Australian universities have a general practice discipline (or, department) and welcome your contact to learn more about their respective general practice research programs.

You may be interested in:

  • participating in existing or planned projects, or,
  • enrolling in study that supports the building of your research capacity and skills by conducting your own project under expert supervision.

University of Adelaide
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Nigel Stocks

The Discipline of General Practice supports teaching, research, clinical practice and the development of better prevention and public health policies. It was established in 1995, as part of Adelaide Medical School.

Australian National University
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Kirsty Douglas

Bond University
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Jane Smith

Flinders University
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Richard Reed

The Disciple of General Practice at Flinders University manages the Flinders General Practice Teaching and Research Network (FGPTRN).
The FGPTRN comprises approximately 50 General Practices currently participating as community partners in the teaching and research activities of the Discipline. The FGPTRN network includes practices based in urban, outer-metro and rural communities of South Australia. The network has been critical to the successful implementation of several high-quality general practice research studies. Examples of completed projects include (a) a Randomised Controlled Trial of the Flinders Chronic Disease Self-management program in elderly patients funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health; (b) The Flinders Quality Enhanced general practice Services Trial (QUEST) funded by the RACGP to test the impact of several enhanced general practice services on health outcomes and health service usage for
people at high risk of poor health outcomes; (c) The Adelaide Primary Health Network project which provided support to 15 general practices to improve chronic condition management utilising the Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) model.

Current (2021) projects include a NHMRC partnership grant to conduct a RCT of non-pharmacological treatments for sleep problems in 20 general practices with 600 patients. The Discipline welcomes expressions of interest from General Practices and GP researchers that wish to consider becoming involved in our research and/or teaching program.

James Cook University
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Clare Heal

Academic Lead and Mackay co-ordinator: Professor Clare Heal, Mackay:  clare.heal@jcu.edu.au
Cairns co-ordinator: Dr Aileen Traves Aileen.traves@jcu.edu.au
Townsville co-ordinator and Head of Clinical School Townsville: Professor Tarun Sen Gupta: Tarun.sengupta@jcu.edu.au

The James Cook University Discipline of General Practice is involved in a wide range of teaching, clinical and research activities, across the three clinical schools of Townsville, Cairns and Mackay, in North Queensland. Our team of General Practitioners and Primary Care Researchers are dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to patients in the community. Most of our staff are also involved in clinical practice, often working with underserved rural populations and disadvantaged groups.

Macquarie University
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Sanjyot Vagholkar

Macquarie University - Primary Care

The Primary Care stream within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at Macquarie University is part of a new and growing faculty. The MD program at Macquarie University began in 2018 and as this has evolved, the Primary Care stream has had an increasing role in the delivery of the program. In parallel, primary care research is developing a significant focus. The academic staff are a mix of experienced and early career researchers with a diverse range of interests. All of the academics are active in general practice at MQ Health. Details about some of the projects and areas of interest are provided in the profile at Macquarie University GPs and primary care researchers interested in finding out more information can contact either Professor Simon Willcock or Associate Professor Sanjyot Vagholkar.

University of Melbourne
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Lena Sanci

Monash University
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Danielle Mazza

Established in 1975, Monash University’s Department of General Practice is now one of the largest general practice teaching departments in Australia. Globally recognised for innovation and excellence in general practice education and research, and highly regarded for its commitment to translational research in primary care, our work is informed by a commitment to primary health care which ensures equitable access and quality of care for all, where patient experience and voice is central to their healthcare. 

Our work focuses on four main research themes: Prevention and Management of Chronic and Complex Conditions; Guideline Development and Implementation in Primary Care; Vulnerable Populations; and Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.

University of Newcastle
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Dimity Pond

The Discipline of General Practice teaches into years 2, 3 and 4 of the Joint Medical Program, and operates across the whole footprint of the JMP including the Hunter, the Central Coast and rural sites particularly Armidale. It assists students with selected GP based research projects in years 3 and 4. The discipline is actively involved in research in collaboration with academic registrars,  undergraduate and research higher degree students and other universities. While a range of GP related topics are chosen, the discipline has a particular interest in medical education, aged care and dementia, and mental health issues. If you are interested, you are welcome to contact Professor Dimity Pond on dimity.pond@newcastle.edu.au 

University of New England
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Michelle Guppy

University of New South Wales
Head of Department/Discipline: Dr Kylie Vuong

University of Notre Dame (Fremantle)
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Lucy Gilkes

The University of Notre Dame School of Medicine Fremantle provides many opportunities in general practice-based research.
Key to our research philosophy is a culture of collaboration with research informed by unmet needs in practice.
In 2021 we are leading the development of a Statewide Western Australian Primary Care Based Research Network in collaboration with other medical schools.

We have an active involvement in general practice-based research projects with GPs, through supervision of medical studentfinal year projects and PhD students and large national clinical trials. We are keen to work with GPs with an interest in general practice based clinical research.

Our current work relates to following research areas:

  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia and cardiovascular risk
  • Multimorbidity
  • COVID response in general practice
  • Women’s health.
  • Chronic pain

 

University of Notre Dame (Sydney)
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Charlotte Hespe

University of Queensland
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Nancy Sturman

The University of Queensland’s Mayne Academy of General Practice and the Primary Care Clinical Unit are involved in a wide range of teaching, clinical and research activities. Our multidisciplinary team of General Practitioners and Primary Care Researchers are dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to patients in the community. Many of our staff are actively involved in clinical practice, often working with disadvantaged groups in society.

We enjoy sharing our passion for general practice and primary care with students undertaking the General Practice course, Medicine in Society course, and Urban LlnCC clinical placements. Through research on models of care, clinical care and issues affecting special interest populations such as Indigenous Australians, refugees and the elderly, for instance, we aim to contribute to the evidence base for our academy and the translation of research to the community where it can make a difference.

University of Tasmania
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Mark Nelson

University of Western Australia
Head of Department/Discipline: A/Prof Nahal Mavaddat

University of Wollongong
Head of Department/Discipline: Prof Andrew Bonney

The General Practice Academic Unit at the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong has a strong general practice research program, conducted primarily through its vibrant Practice Based Research Network ISPRN

Prof Andrew Bonney is the Director of the GPAU and ISPRN 
A/Prof Joel Rhee is A/Prof of General Practice 
A/Prof Judy Mullan is Deputy Director of ISPRN 

 

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