Tell us a little bit about your background
My name is Matthew and I live in Canberra. I have worn many types of PPE over the years, mostly in acute care medicine but also while volunteering overseas in primary care settings.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
While working in Fiji I discovered that I enjoyed community medicine far more than working in a hospital.
What attracted you to undertake an academic component to your training?
I see medicine and academia as intimately connected, so I guess my attraction was a natural one. Good medicine stands on firm academic foundations.
What is your research project about?
Drivers of effective chronic disease prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the community level.
Is your research project part of a larger research project or stand-alone research?
My research is part of a larger project at the ANU and thankfully I am joining a team that has a wealth of experience in this field.
What do you see as the benefits, both to yourself, and generally, of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?
An academic post is a unique opportunity to be mentored by experienced academic clinicians and I look forward to expanding both my practice and my career horizons.
To learn more about undertaking an academic post visit our Academic research page.