Macquarie University - GP Synergy

Macquarie University


The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences is part of an integrated health sciences centre under the banner of MQ Health. The Primary Care stream at MQ Health includes a community general practice, as well as an academic focus incorporating research and teaching in the Macquarie MD program. Academic registrars have the opportunity to be involved in this exciting space where clinical practice, and research and teaching, occur in tandem.

AddressMQ Health General Practice, Suite 305, 2 Technology Place, Macquarie University, NSW 2109
Phone02 9812 3944
Head of DepartmentAssociate Professor Sanjyot Vagholkar
Contact person for academic mattersAssociate Professor Sanjyot Vagholkar |
Contact person for administrative mattersFrancisco Lopez |
Student learning

Areas of research interest/activity/expertise

The GP academic supervisors at MQ Health have research experience in a broad range of areas including prevention and management of chronic disease, models of care in general practice, medical student and doctors’ health and wellbeing, and musculoskeletal medicine.

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

Current research projects

  • A GP-Practice nurse team-based model providing sexual and reproductive health care for Mandarin-speaking university students.
  • Transition from acute to primary health care for early colorectal cancer survivors: using mixed methods to establish primary care providers’ opinions and current practices for managing symptoms and functions in the community.

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation is a research centre based at Macquarie University that has various streams including digital health, patient safety, artificial intelligence in health, and health system sustainability. There may be opportunities to develop a project in conjunction with their work.



Teaching opportunities for registrars

Registrars will have the opportunity to be involved in teaching and assessment in the MD program. The primary care component of the program predominantly occurs in Years 2 and 3, when GP placements, as well as on-campus teaching occurs. There are also teaching opportunities in the Year 1 Clinical skills course.

Previous registrar research


Academic supervisors

Professor Simon Willcock


Simon is a general practitioner and Program Director for Primary Care and Wellbeing at MQ Health. His education and research interests include the health of doctors, generational change in the medical workforce, men’s health, musculoskeletal medicine, and communication in medical practice.

Simon trained as a rural procedural GP, and practiced in Inverell, NSW. Since 1990 he has worked in academic and clinical practice in Sydney and has had a number of educational leadership roles including Head of Discipline of General practice at the Sydney Medical Program and Chairman of GPET (General Practice Education and training). He has supervised GP registrars since 1986 and has supervised several PhD candidates to completion.

In addition to his Macquarie University role Simon is Deputy Chair of the Sydney North Health Network, the immediate past Chair of the Avant Mutual Group, and a member of the NSW AMA Council of General Practice.

Simon has a research background in medical student and doctors’ health and wellbeing, musculoskeletal medicine:

Associate Professor Sanjyot Vagholkar


Sanjyot is a GP and Clinic Director of MQ Health General Practice. She is an academic with the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at Macquarie University, and is convener of the Primary Care and Cancer block in Year 2 of the MD program. She has been involved in teaching and research in general practice for over two decades, having started as an academic registrar in 1994. Previously, she worked at USyd and UNSW, has supervised GP registrars in practice since 2003, and is an examiner for the RACGP Fellowship exams. Sanjyot’s research interests include cardiovascular risk assessment, prevention and management of chronic disease, patient experiences of healthcare, and models of clinical care in general practice. She was involved with supervising academic GP registrars during her time working at UNSW.

Sanjyot has a research background in prevention and management of chronic disease (CVD and respiratory):

Dr Janani Mahadeva


Janani is an academic GP and Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and is involved in the Macquarie MD Program teaching Stage 1 Clinical Practice. She is a practicing GP at MQ Health General Practice and her clinical areas of interest include mental health, chronic disease management and paediatrics. She is actively involved in primary care research and has a keen interest in medical education, including Clinical Teaching Visits for GP Registrars through GP Synergy.

Dr Tim Tse

Tim obtained his medical degree from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).  His postgraduate qualifications include completing the Sydney Child Health Program and Masters of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Sydney.  He has worked around Sydney and Wagga Wagga as a GP.  Tim completed an Academic Registrar Post at the University of Sydney and his research interests include data linkage, shared decision making and quality improvement in primary care.  He is currently involved in the delivery of the Stage 2 Primary and Community Care Term of the Macquarie University MD Program.

Dr Bosco Wu

Bosco is an academic GP and Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University.  He is currently the co-convener of the Primary and Community Care Term for Year 3 MD Programme.  He obtained his medical degree from the Australian National University.  His academic registrar project focused on the lived experiences of pre-vocational and vocational junior doctors on patient care and empathy.  Bosco’s interests include medical education, preventative health, oncology, and men’s health.


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