Associate Professor Katharine Wallis joined the Primary Care Clinical Unit at The University of Queensland in September 2019, from the University of Auckland. Katharine’s alma mater is the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she gained her medical degree, master’s degree in bioethics and health law, and doctorate. Katharine trained and worked in general practice for many years in Dunedin. Her turangawaewae (spiritual home) is Wanaka in the south of New Zealand where many of her family still live and gather.

Katharine’s research interests centre around patient safety, in particular supporting GPs safer prescribing in routine practice. Katharine is keen to hear from anyone in general practice who is keen to get involved in research or has an idea for a research project.

Katharine is working in general practice on the Gold Coast. She enjoys teaching and aims to inspire students to reflect critically on clinical practice. Katharine is a member of the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme, and is Associate Editor of the Rural and Remote Health journal.



  • MBChB, University of Otago
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago
  • Master of Bioethics and Health Law (distinction), University of Otago
  • Diploma of Obstetrics, University of Otago
  • Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine