Overview

Head of Discipline
Professor Simon Willcock
Location
Discipline of General Practice

The Discipline is involved in undergraduate teaching and research, and postgraduate research supervision, and there are close links with local Regional Training Providers and PGPPP term providers.

The Discipline is at the forefront of general practice research in Australia. Our research activity addresses a wide range of topics using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Facilities
The Discipline has considerable expertise available in survey research methodology, questionnaire development and the handling of complex data bases and in qualitative methodologies. The Discipline maintains a strong relationship with a wide network of general practitioners, and has responsibility for the University Health Service and links with the Clinical General Practice Unit at Hornsby Hospital.

Areas of research
The Discipline is at the forefront of general practice research in Australia. Research activity has addressed a wide range of topics using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The Family Medicine Research Centre, located on the Westmead campus, is funded largely through competitive research grants and is a multidisciplinary team made up of scientists, social scientists and medical practitioners. The interests of the Centre focus on large scale data collection in general practice, coding and classification, monitoring of adverse incidents in general practice and the development of a variety of quality assurance options for general practice. The underlying theme of this research is the measurement and improvement of quality of care in general practice, particularly through improved information management. The Centre is also involved in general practice-based clinical trials.

Other research interests in the Discipline include educational research and research on the doctor-patient interaction, doctors’ health, adolescent health and asthma.


Contact details
Professor Simon Willcock
Head of Discipline
Mackie Building K01
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

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