Research Program Manager, RACGP
Tania’s role at the RACGP is to support and promote general practice research. She works with the RACGP Expert Committee – Research to advocate for general practice research, seek opportunities to build research capacity, and promote the importance of general practice research and the work of researchers. This work is key to achieving the RACGP’s aim to create a culture and systems to support the development of general practice research in Australia, leading to more informed policy and practice and improved health.
Professor Clare Heal
Professor (Promotional Chair) discipline of General Practice, James Cook University Rural Clinical School
Dr Clare Heal is Professor (Promotional Chair) discipline of General Practice, James Cook University Rural Clinical School in Mackay.
Over the past ten years she has been principle investigator, or supervising co-investigator, of seven practice based randomised controlled trials investigating the management of skin cancer surgery. In 2016 her study comparing sterile to clean boxed gloves was named one of the top 20 international studies for Primary Care Physicians. She is principle author of a Cochrane review on topical antibiotic prophylaxis published in 2016. She leads North Queensland Pratice Based Research Network.
She currently supervises four honours students and two PhD students and has had twenty honours completions. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles. She continues to be active in clinical practice and works as a GP, and a VMO to Mackay Sexual Health Clinic.
Professor Meredith Temple-Smith
Deputy Head and Director of Research Training in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne
Professor Meredith Temple-Smith (BSc, Dip App Child Psych, MPH, DHSc) is Deputy Head and Director of Research Training in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, where her role focuses on increasing research capacity in primary care. A mixed methods researcher, she assisted in the establishment of VicReN, the Victorian general practice based research and education network in 2007, and its subsequent development.
Prof Nigel Stocks
Head of the Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide
Nigel Stocks is Professor and Head of the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide. He is a general practitioner in the Adelaide Hills and public health physician who has directed the Australian Sentinel Research Practice Network (ASPREN) since 2004. ASPREN undertakes influenza and infectious disease surveillance across Australia with the help of over 300 GPs and practices. It provides important data for vaccine effectiveness estimates (used by the WHO. He is an experienced primary health care researcher who has conducted both qualitative and quantitative studies including RCT’s, cohort and observational studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. His main interests are chronic disease epidemiology and management in general practice, infectious disease surveillance, prevention and quality of life with an emphasis on clinical and health services research.
Dr Jane Crowe
MBBS Hons Masters GP Psych (Monash)
Jane has been a GP working in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs for over 30 years.
Jane became a member of the VicREN in 2014 and joined the VicREN committee in March 2021. She enjoys being involved in GP and practice-based research projects.