Katharine is Acting Head of the Primary Care Clinical Unit for 2021. Katharine is a GP and academic who joined the Primary Care Clinical Unit in September 2019 from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Katharine’s alma mater is the University of Otago. Katharine is a member of the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme.

Katharine's main research interest is patient safety in primary care, in particular supporting safer prescribing in general practice. Katharine is the Director of the practice-based research network UQGP Research.  Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming part of the network or participating in practice-based research via email (uqgpresearch@uq.edu.au).

See also the short film "Living With Long QT Syndrome."


  • 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