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.
Prof Sarah Larkins
Professor, Health Systems Strengthening in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
Sarah Larkins is Professor, Health Systems Strengthening in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Director of Research Development, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, JCU and an active General Practitioner. She is Co-Director of the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening and Convenor of the Clinical Leadership Group, Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. She leads a substantial body of collaborative health services research focused on improving health equity for and with rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and training an appropriate health workforce for this purpose. Sarah’s work is highly applied and policy-relevant and has led to changes in policy and practice around rural and remote service delivery, Indigenous maternal and child health and health professional education.
Prof Andrew Bonney
GP and Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
Professor Andrew Bonney is a general practitioner and Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. He has been in clinical practice on the NSW south coast since 1992 as a GP to a rural town and Aboriginal community. He is Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN).
Andrew’s contributions to the field of research include extensive investigation into patient centred models of care, particularly in older patients and patients with chronic illness.
Prof Lucie Walters
Director of Adelaide Rural Clinical School
Prof Lucie Walters was instrumental in developing Australia's reputation for medical student long-term rural placements, contributing particularly to Flinders University, Otago University and University of Northern Ontario programs. She currently works clinicially in Aboriginal health at Pangula Mannamurna. With a PhD in medical education, and over 50 publications, Lucie’s research expertise extends across the fields of work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways, medical workforce, and rural health services.