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The UOW School of Medicine produces excellent graduates; committed to improving the health of individuals, communities and populations. We are a multidisciplinary school with undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of disciplines and an excellent reputation; ranked in the top 350 institutions in the world in the subject field of Medicine (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017). Our research makes a positive contribution to the health of the communities we serve with our researchers addressing a range of important population health challenges including health equity, Indigenous health, rural and regional health, mental health, health of older people and prevention and management of chronic illness.

AddressNorthfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW
Phone02 4221 4111
Head of DepartmentProfessor Andrew Bonney
Contact person for academic mattersProfessor Andrew Bonney, Robert Williams Chair of General Practice –
Contact person for administrative mattersMs Alyssa Horgan – or 02 4221 5819

Areas of research interest/activity/expertise

Research strengths of the General Practice Academic Unit include patient-centred primary health care, chronic disease management, health equity and primary health services research, using quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.

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

  • Sub-study of Patient Centred Medical Homes Innovation Project Evaluation in the South-Eastern NSW PHN
  • Secondary analysis of the SIMLR Cohort Study (geographic distribution of cardio-metabolic risk factors in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven


Teaching opportunities for registrars

  • Case Based Learning tutorials
  • Clinical Skills tutorials

Previous registrar research

  • Patterns of health literacy and CAM use in Australian GP patients
  • Attitudes of GP Registrars to opioid prescribing in general practice
  • Burnout in Junior Medical Officers


Academic supervisors

Professor Andrew Bonney

Professor Andrew Bonney is a general practitioner and Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the School of Medicine.

He has completed a Master of Family Medicine (Clinical) degree through Monash University and his PhD through the University of Wollongong. He has been published both nationally and internationally on aspects of primary care and is on the review panels of national and international primary care and medical education related journals. He is an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Rural Health, Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN) and Co-Director of the Health Impacts Research Cluster (HIRC) within the Faculty of Science Medicine and Health.

Andrew’s personal research interests are practice-based research, patient-centred health care and health equity and he is currently involved in a diverse range of related research projects. Andrew is a Chief Investigator on the SIMLR Cohort study, a longitudinal investigation of the socioeconomic and geographical distribution of cardio-metabolic risk factors in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region of NSW


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