Academic post location: Australian National University – Academic Unit of General Practice
Background? Overall my academic post brings together the work I used to with the work I do now. I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and then I learnt statistics, and I’ve worked in both mathematics and statistics.
Academic posts are an opportunity to learn about GP practice from a research perspective and utilise old skills with new skills.
Research? I’m researching the relationship between physical activity and risk of behavioural and mental health disorders in children.
Why? The ACT Kindergarten Health Check includes a questionnaire about physical activity and wellbeing. The starting point is analysis of the data to look at difficulties and identify kids at risk. The project itself is stand-alone, we’ve devised a project that complements the Kindergarten health checks. It’s providing scope to do work that might not otherwise be funded.
Future? It’s early days yet but I would like to continue part time research work in the future.
The teaching aspect is great, I haven’t done much teaching before, so it’s good to get the experience in a really supported environment. Teaching is such a useful skill, it’s part of the skills set needed for GPs to teach the next generation.
Recommendation? It’s an excellent opportunity to see the variety of research work you can do as a GP. Working with other GP registrars with other interests is a real benefit of the program. All the academic registrars attended a workshop in Melbourne and it was a great opportunity to meet others.
Definitely, if you’re interested try and think about a topic you’re interested in, something you find stimulating. Talk to researchers and look into it.