Understanding the protective effect of influenza vaccination on subsequent acute myocardial infarction and stroke.
Tell us about your background.
I’m a newly married GP who grew up in Sydney and enjoys travelling around Australia. I’d participated in research projects previously and found it really enjoyable which is why I’m excited to have the opportunity to take part in an academic post.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
I appreciate the variety of general practice and getting to know regular patients on a personal level. No two days are the same and there is always something new to learn as a GP.
What attracted you to undertake an academic component to your training?
I like numbers, statistics, problem solving, teaching, reading and writing. Everything that an academic term entails.
What is your research project about?
I will be looking at the impact immunization against influenza has on preventing cardiovascular mortality in the primary care setting.
What was your motivation for the project?
Cardiovascular disease has significant morbidity and mortality and any effective interventions that can be easily implemented would be welcomed.
Is your research project part of a larger research project or a stand-alone research?
My research project is part a larger trial looking at implementing quality improvement measures in primary care to prevent hospitalisations for people living with heart disease in Australia.
What do you see as the benefits, both to yourself and generally, of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?
I believe clinical medicine is underpinned by research and vice versa. Hopefully by learning how to perform research I can translate this into better patient care.
If you want to know more about undertaking an academic placement, head to our academic research page.