What attracted you to undertake an academic training post?
I initially started training as a medical registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where I was involved in medical student teaching and research. During that time, I also completed the greater part of my Masters in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Sydney.
When I switched to general practice for the holistic family care and variety, I still wanted to be involved in teaching and research, which is what initially attracted me to academic general practice.
What is your research project?
My project is based around understanding how the introduction of eCHAT (Electronic Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool) affects the therapeutic relationship at a general practice servicing a vulnerable population. eCHAT is an in-depth online assessment of an individual’s health symptoms and history, the tool publishes a summary with recommendations for care plans.
This project is in part a branch of the eCHAT project that started in New Zealand. However, this research is the first of its kind in Australia, and the first research into the use of eCHAT with a vulnerable population.
What was your motivation for the project?
The greatest appeal of this project is the opportunity to research the therapeutic relationship using qualitative and quantitative methods.
What are the benefits of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?
Since starting at ANU with the Academic Unit of General Practice, I have been inspired by the variety of stories, skills and areas of work and research of people working in the unit.
My post has provided a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting people, learn useful teaching and research skills, as well as explore the academic general practice lifestyle balance for myself.