Welcome from the Heads of Discipline

Heads of Discipline

Professor Lyndal Trevena and Dr Narelle Shadbolt

Welcome to the Discipline of General Practice in the Sydney Medical School. Our Faculty of Medicine is now more than 160 years old, having been established in 1856. Generalist practice was the norm in those early days but the latter half of the twentieth century saw the rise of sub-specialist practice and with this came the formation of General Practice as a specialty with the formation of the College of General Practitioners in Britain in 1952 with the University of Sydney’s Postgraduate Committee in Medicine playing a lead role in the establishment of the NSW Faculty offices in Macquarie Street in 1954. The first Annual General Meeting of the College of General Practitioners was held in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney on 20 March 1959. During the 1970s a number of Australian medical schools established academic departments of general practice and in 1975, the late Professor Charles Bridges-Webb was appointed the Foundation Chair of Community Medicine at the University of Sydney. The University of Sydney has played a lead role in the development of international classification systems for general practice and the long-running BEACH study of General Practice Activity in Australia.

Today, the Discipline leads a world-class curriculum in general practice within the Sydney Medical Program with the assistance of a vibrant network of more than 300 GP clinical teachers and some of the highest rates of graduates entering general practice training in this country. The Discipline is also engaged in a range of research projects in medical education, chronic disease and knowledge translation. Our academic work across multiple urban and rural locations and combine teaching and research with active clinical practice. We have ongoing partnerships with GP groups around the world, with a particular focus on training and support within our Asia-Pacific region.

We hope you will engage with the work we do

Best wishes,

Lyndal Trevena and Narelle Shadbolt