Our research: Translation and innovation

Our vision is an evidence-based primary care system that places the whole person at its heart and provides high-quality care for all. General practice spans the depth and breadth of human experience, providing relationship-centered care for people throughout their lives in the context of their family, community, and other healthcare providers. The diverse nature of general practice, and the diverse communities we serve, is reflected in the diversity of our research interests. 

We hold a research seminar alternate Wednesdays 12-1pm. Please contact us if you would like to be on the invite list for seminars. Attendance via zoom is an option.

Associate Professor Deborah Askew

Dr Maria Donald

Supporting General Practitioners to Discontinue Long-Term Antidepressant Use.

Dr Alison Green

Professor Claire Jackson

Centre for Health System Reform and Integration

Dr Greg Merlo

Changing the Antibiotic Prescribing of general practice registrars intervention

Updated analysis of the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT)

Contextual factors that influence antibiotic prescribing: a discrete choice experiment of GP registrars

General model for assessing the cost effectiveness of AMS in primary care

Smoking cessation medicine use in Australia

Brighton Hub Evaluation

Dr Ben Mitchell

Dr Hayley Thomas

Whole Person Assessment: A Systematic Review.

Emeritus Professor Mieke Van Driel

Associate Professor Katharine Wallis

UQGP Research

The 3-Domains toolkit for assessing older drivers: a pilot study in general practices and validation study in driving assessment clinic

Safer Prescribing and Care for the Elderly (SPACE): Cluster RCT in New Zealand General Practice

Patient harms in New Zealand general practices: Records review study (SHARP)

Cardiovascular disease risk prediction in older people: a qualitative study

Teaching in the time of COVID: an interview study in general practice

REdressing Long-tErm Antidepressant uSE (RELEASE): pilot study in general practice

Centre for Health Reform and Integration

Director:  Professor Claire Jackson

The MRI-UQ Centre for Health System Reform and Integration brings together and develops the work of two Centres for Research Excellence; one on primary and secondary care integration, and the other on primary care quality, capacity building and governance.

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UQGP Research

Director: Associate Professor Katharine Wallis

UQGP Research is a practice-based research network (PBRN) that supports collaboration between The University of Queensland’s (UQ) primary care researchers and general practices.

Our network of health care practitioners and researchers are united in the aim of conducting primary care research to expand the evidence-base and improve outcomes for patients accessing primary health care.

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The Mayne Academy of General Practice offers full and part-time positions in academic general practice. These positions provide a year of advanced training in academic general practice to interested general practice registrars.

Academic posts are part of Australian General Practice Training and provide training in an academic setting. Registrars will undertake a research project and  contribute to teaching, professional service and leadership. As well as developing research skills, registrars can develop skills in teaching and student assessment, planning and evaluation or teaching and academic project work. A senior academic supervisor provides guidance, mentorship, supervision, and feedback.

The Mayne Academy of General Practice is highly supportive of academic registrars and provides a nurturing environment where academic skills can be developed. Training posts can be structured to meet the specific needs of individual registrars.

Academic post projects 

If you have your own project idea, please contact us to discuss your plans.

For more information about academic registrar posts in general, contact Dr Ben Mitchell or download our brochure.

Postgraduate coursework

Master of Medicine - MMed (Skin Cancer)

Graduates will have a level of knowledge and diagnostic skill that will enable them to effectively manage a large proportion of skin cancer in their clinical work.

UQ’s postgraduate Skin Cancer medicine program is designed to give training in the biology, diagnosis and principles of management of skin cancer. It is suitable for doctors and health practitioners wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area of practices. Both Graduate Certificate (1 year part-time) and Master (2 year part-time) level programs are available in this entirely external training. Further information is available via: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/program/Master-of-Medicine-5398.


Higher degrees by research

Our Mayne Academy is very supportive of postgraduate students and higher degrees by research are offered on a full or part-time basis to accomodate clinical practice.

Here is what Dr Geoff Spurling, one of our current PhD students has to say about his experience in DGP:

"DGP has been very generous in providing me with the resources to get my thesis off the ground. After a year in, I felt like a blind man flailing about in a room trying to find the boundaries. My DGP supervisors have helped me find the edges.

Primary care research may not have the charisma of laboratory-based research but I think this thesis has the potential to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community where I work as a clinician and it wouldn't have been possible without DGP."

For more information regarding research conducted within our research streams, please click on the links below or download our brochure. To look at what current higher degree by research students affiliated with the Mayne Academy of General Practice are doing, please click here.

View HDR program information:

Find out more about our research areas. 

Visit the Graduate School site for further details on the application process and more information on studying a higher degree by research at the University of Queensland.

If you are interested in pursuing a HDR in the Mayne Academy of General Practice, please email our DGP Administrator who can help direct you to a potential supervisor within your area of interest.

Potential advisors and their areas of research may also be found on UQ RESEARCHERS or UQ Experts.



Emma Baillie

Antimicrobial stewardship in primary care

Dr Ben Mitchell

Chad Reiger

Examining the complexities of the community networks limiting the uptake of biosimilar medications in the Australian healthcare system





Abtin Vatan Doust  
Title: "Did COVID change antibiotic prescribing in Australian primary care?”
Synopsis: Analysis of the effect of COVID on dispensed use of antibiotics, GP consultations, and notifications for influence and ILI using an ecological approach.

Paola Vasquez Vasquez
Title: “Systematic review of prioritisation tools for funding decisions regarding rare diseases and orphan drugs: What are the new analysis approaches?"
Synopsis: A systematic literature review was conducted to explore different methods to evaluate the society's values and preferences as a part of health technology assessments in rare diseases and orphan drugs. From this primary purpose, five specific objectives were proposed: 1) to analyse the importance of including social values and preferences into the health technology assessment in rare diseases and orphan drugs; 2) to describe methods that evaluate society's values and preferences into the health technology assessment context, such as the multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA), the discrete choice experiment (DCE), the person trade-off method (PTO), the rule of rescue (RR), analytic hierarchy process, among others; 3) to analyse these methods' reliably as effective tools to capture the society values and preferences into the health technology assessment context in rare diseases and orphan drugs; 4) to compare the outcomes pilot studies about these tools in the context of rare diseases and orphan drugs in different settings; 5) to generate a reflection about the implementation of these instruments as a part of the health technology assessments and the sanitary policies decision-making process in the context of rare diseases and orphan drugs.

Hollis Steeves
Title: What do pre-clinical year 2 medical students want to learn in a placement in General Practice in the time of the COVID19 pandemic?
Funding Source:: Faculty of Medicine - UQ Student Employability Centre


Annabel Chau
Title: Student involvement in general practice consultations: the experience of year 2 urban LInCC students.
Funding Source: Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland