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Senior AUGP staff have pivotal roles with the ANU Medical School, ACT Health, the Department of Health, RACGP, Capital Health Network, Australian Association of Academic Primary Care, Canberra Regional Medical Education Council and the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils. The AUGP teaching and research GPs provide clinical services in the community to ensure their active involvement in all aspects of general practice.

The AUGP leads research using ACT Health Kindergarten Health Check data. Other research activities include integrated service development, clinical research, individual routes to health and healing, social determinants of medical care and scholarship in teaching and learning.

AddressHospital Road, Garran ACT 2605
Phone02 6244 4949
Head of DepartmentProfessor Kirsty Douglas –
Contact person for academic mattersDr Dagmar Ceramidas –
Contact person for administrative mattersDr Dagmar Ceramidas –

Areas of research interest/activity/expertise

Current research projects in which there is potential for academic registrar involvement

  • Improving adults’ diets through more frequent nutrition care from General Practitioners
  • MRSA in the community
  • The Change Program
  • GP Workforce Survey


Teaching opportunities for registrars

CBL, Video Reviews

Previous registrar research

  • Physical inactivity: Physical & mental health in ACT Kindergarten children
  • The experiences of doctors-in-training on patient care and empathy
  • The Medical School experience: How does it affect attitudes towards nutrition care?
  • A review of Kindergarten health survey data focusing on overweight and obesity and correlations with parent reported variables
  • Evaluation of pilot module of 3rd year medical student performing clinical audit under direct supervision of GP supervisor in teaching urban general practices of ANU Medical School


Academic supervisors

Professor Kirsty Douglas

Prof. Douglas is Professor of General Practice at the ANU Medical School and Director of the Academic Unit of General Practice at ACT Health. She completed her initial medical training at the University of Adelaide and then undertook doctoral studies at Oxford, prior to returning to Australia in 1993. Kirsty completed her GP specialist training in Canberra and has happily remained here ever since with her husband and four kids. She joined IGP in late 2015.

A/Prof Katrina Anderson

Dr Katrina Anderson is Associate Professor, Academic Unit of General Practice, Australian National University Medical School and Chair of the Canberra Region Medical Education Council. Katrina currently works clinically in refugee and asylum seeker health and has a variety of roles within the Australian National University Medical School and ACT Health. Her main research and education interests are in medical education specifically around vertical integration, supervisor support and prevocational training. She has a special interest in mental health and counselling and is passionate about patient centred medicine and improving health outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged patients.

Dr Liz Sturgiss

Liz is a lecturer at the Academic Unit of General Practice at the ANU Medical School and is currently completing her PhD investigating the role of the GP in the management of adult patients with obesity. Her current projects are focused on obesity care, nutrition education for medical students, and the therapeutic alliance in general practice. Liz has experience in mixed methods research, scoping reviews and feasibility trials. Clinically she works with people with substance dependence or severe mental health issues. Liz is interested in projects that involve obesity, or nutrition care, or those that seek to know how general practice works to improve a patient’s health.

Dr Jason Agostino

Jason is a GP and an epidemiologist who has worked mainly in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Since graduating from medicine he has worked in rural Australia with a focus on child health and does clinical work at Gurriny Yealamucka, an Aboriginal community controlled health service in the community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland.

Through his training as an epidemiologist Jason has worked at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) before coming to the ANU. At NACCHO his work focussed on enabling Aboriginal communities to better use their own health data, while at NHPA he worked on a comparative report on the cost of hospitalisation in Australia. He has an interest in the use of routinely collected data to improve health services and continues to be involved in national reporting through his position on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Atlas Advisory Group.


Dr Liz Sturgiss

I completed an academic registrar post in 2012 in my final year of GP training. My primary supervisor was A/Prof Katrina Anderson and we undertook a qualitative project investigating how GP registrars would like to learn about practice ownership. I was able to work with direct support from A/Prof Emily Haesler, a research methodologist, and Dr Martin Liedvogel, an experienced GP practice owner. During my post I learned about research methods, new teaching skills and curriculum development. I was mentored by excellent staff within the AUGP and their support led me to consider a career in academia. My time at AUGP completely changed the course of my career for the better.

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