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The Discipline of General Practice at the University of Sydney is at the forefront of general practice and primary care research in Australia, and has considerable experience in supporting academic GP registrars. Registrars are supervised and supported by senior academic staff to carry out their own research project from formulating a research question, designing a study and collecting data, through to analysis and publication. Alternatively, registrars may become involved in existing research projects. In addition, registrars have the opportunity and will be supported to contribute to teaching in the University of Sydney MD graduate entry medical program including a range of teaching situations, involvement in curriculum and assessment development and medical education scholarship.

The Discipline of General Practice has a central hub and is also is located across four sites, each associated with a Clinical School of the University.

AddressDiscipline of General Practice Office, Room 132 Edward Ford Building A27, The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Phone02 8204 4450
Head of DepartmentProf Tim Usherwood
Contact person for academic mattersDiscipline of General Practice at University of Sydney Camperdown
Professor Tim Usherwood –

Central Clinical School
Dr Fiona Robinson –

Westmead Clinical School
Professor Tim Usherwood –

Northern Clinical School
Dr Jenni Shone –

Rural Clinical School
Dr Ken Hazelton (Orange) –
Dr Ai-Vee Chua (Dubbo) –
Dr John Wenham (Broken Hill) –
Dr Jane Barker (Lismore) –
Contact person for administrative mattersMr Drew Barr –

Areas of research interest/activity/expertise

Discipline of General Practice at University of Sydney Camperdown

As one of the leading medical research institutions in Australia the University of Sydney and the Discipline of General Practice has links with Research Institutes, Public and Population Health, Global Health, Faculties in Allied Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing, and research activities in all of the Specialty Disciplines.

Central Clinical School

Located in the centre of Sydney and linking with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Community Services, the Central Clinical School has strong links with research hubs including the Charles Perkins Centre, the Marie Bashir Institute and the Central Sydney Primary Health Network and Sydney Local Health District.

Westmead Clinical School

We are a small, friendly, research-active unit with excellent facilities based in the grounds of Westmead Hospital. The Westmead campus is the largest health research precinct in the southern hemisphere, undertaking research ranging from the ‘omics to clinical and population health. We have expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and are engaged in studies across a range of topics including vascular disease prevention, mental health, access to health care, e-health and lifestyle medicine.

We have strong links with local PHNs and with practices across western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. We contribute to teaching in several years of the Sydney MD and supervise higher degree research students.

Northern Clinical School

The Academic General Practice Unit located at Hornsby Hospital and has a strong research history in the areas of aged health care (dementia, falls, and the ageing doctor) psychiatry in community based practices, the health and mental health of doctors and health practitioners, the implementation of clinical practice protocols in general practice, health science education (curriculum development and assessment) and professional development for general practitioners. Registrars will be supported in a range of teaching activities.

Rural Clinical School

Located at Dubbo and with campuses at Orange, Lismore and Broken Hill, the rural clinical school offers a unique experience of research in rural locations. With links through the University of Sydney’s research networks the RCS and the rural Primary Health Networks (PHNs) can offer academic registrars a unique experience to participate in research collaborations or to develop their own research.

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

Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving health through excellence in research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation and research at the highest level, across the disciplines of basic science, clinical medicine and public health.

Our large research portfolio crosses the full spectrum, from the molecular basis of disease to public health measures and control of epidemics.

Our research is focused on both discovery and translating discoveries into improved healthcare, with major programs of research into diseases and health challenges of national and international significance.

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Teaching opportunities for registrars

Registrars will be supported to become involved in the teaching of general practice and community medicine at a local clinical school or with the discipline group. They will be encouraged to be involved in curriculum development and assessment activities and in scholarly work with the discipline in medical education research

Previous registrar research

Sydney Medical School produces high-impact research that addresses the most important global health issues in our areas of research strength.

Our multidisciplinary research approach brings together the complementary expertise of the University of Sydney’s faculties, centres and institutes with that of our affiliated teaching hospitals, institutes and international research partnerships.

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Academic supervisors

Dr Fiona Robinson (Central Clinical School)

Dr Fiona Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Sydney.  She is a visiting medical educator for GP Synergy, an examiner for the RACGP, and has been involved in selection of both medical students and GP registrars. Fiona also works part-time in general practice and is a member of several advisory groups at RPAH and RNSH.

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Dr Jenni Shone (Northern Clinical School)

Jennie is based at the Academic Unit of GP at Hornsby Hospital and is involved with teaching in the Sydney Medical School medical program in Stage 1 clinical teaching and the Stage 3 Community Term. She is a practising GP on The Northern Beaches.  She recently spent 4 years working as a Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she developed a keen interest in medical education.

Dr Ken Hazelton (Rural Clinical School – Orange)

Dr Ai-Vee Chua (Rural Clinical School – Dubbo)

In her role as a GP academic at the School of Rural Health (Dubbo Campus), Dr Ai-Vee Chua is involved with teaching Stage 3 medical students and in primary care research. Her current research activity centres on primary care, implementation science, and overweight and obesity.

In her role as a clinician, Dr Chua enjoys all aspects of general practice, and has particular interests in general medicine, children’s health, and women’s health. She is a strong proponent of preventive health, and is committed to a patient-centered approach to healthcare.

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Dr John Wenham (Rural Clinical School – Broken Hill)

Dr Jane Barker (Rural Clinical School – Lismore)


Dr Jennifer Dai

Westmead Clinical School

Current Registrar: Dr Jennifer Dai –

Dr Emily Deck

Discipline of General Practice at University of Sydney Camperdown

Current Registrar: Dr Emily Deck –

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