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  • 1954 year discipline is established
  • 300 GP clinicians in our network
  • 6 clinical teaching schools
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Discipline of General Practice

Making a difference to the future of healthcare
We educate doctors in quality general practice and primary health care principles and play a lead role in the development of international classification systems for general practice.

About the discipline

The Discipline of General Practice has formed a large part of the Sydney Medical School program for more than 160 years. Over this time, general practice has developed as a profession and has been recognised as a specialty discipline since 1954.

The Sydney Medical School offers a world-class curriculum in general practice with the assistance of a vibrant network of more than 300 GP clinical teachers. We are proud to have some of the highest rates of graduate entry into general practice training in Australia.

We're also engaged in a range of research projects across multiple urban and rural locations with the aim of translating findings into education and clinical practice.

Study options

The Discipline of General Practice is involved in a range of initiatives in medical education across the MD program, GP registrar training and postgraduate coursework and research.

The Discipline of General Practice is a specialty unit of the Sydney Medical School. This discipline delivers the Community Specialty Block – students enrolled in the MD program undertake this in their third year of study.

Students are introduced to health care in the community in the context of general practice, as well as geriatric medicine, rehabilitation medicine and sexual health medicine, in both rural and urban environments.

Our program will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities crucial to community-based medical practice. We pay particular attention to the knowledge, skills and cultural sensitivities are appropriate to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and with people from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

The discipline is decentralised and students are allocated to one of the urban clinical schools (Central at Mackie Building, Northern at Hornsby Hospital or Western at Westmead Hospital). You can undertake your Community Block in both urban and rural settings. You can also choose a rural focus and undertake the block at one of our remote sites: Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Broken Hill or Lismore.

Learn more about the Doctor of Medicine at the Sydney Medical School.

The Discipline of General Practice has developed a curriculum that provides third-year medical students with the knowledge and skills required for community-based medical practice. Students are introduced to health care in the community, in the contexts of general practice, and also of geriatric medicine, rehabilitation medicine and sexual health medicine.

We pay particular attention to the knowledge, skills and cultural sensitivity appropriate for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and with people from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The program is taught by general practice clinical teachers across six Sydney Medical School clinical schools:

Designed for working professionals, our courses in general practice and primary health care are largely delivered online, adopting a case-based approach that allows flexible integration of your studies with your professional and personal life.

Our course options:

*Requires a medical degree

For more information contact Dr Marguerite Tracy.

We are at the forefront of general practice and primary care research in Australia, and have considerable experience in supporting academic GP registrars. Registrars are supervised and supported by senior academic staff to carry out their own research project from formulating a research question, designing a study and collecting data, through to analysis and publication.

Alternatively, registrars may become involved in existing research projects. In addition, registrars have the opportunity and will be supported to contribute to teaching in the University of Sydney MD graduate entry medical program including a range of teaching situations, involvement in curriculum and assessment development and medical education scholarship.

The Discipline of General Practice has a central hub and is also located across four sites, each associated with a clinical school of the University.

Research options include:

Learn more about postgraduate research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Professional development and short courses in general practice are offered through the Sydney Medical School.

For more information on upcomig courses view our medicine short courses section.

Our research

The Discipline of General Practice at the University of Sydney is at the forefront of general practice and primary care research in Australia, and has considerable experience in supporting academic GP registrars.

Senior academic staff supervise and support registrars to carry out their own research project – from formulating a research question, designing a study and collecting data, through to analysis and publication. Alternatively, registrars may become involved in existing research projects. 

Registrars are also supported to contribute to teaching in the University of Sydney MD graduate entry medical program in a range of situations, and are invited to get involved in curriculum and assessment development and medical education scholarship.

The Discipline of General Practice has a central hub and is also located across four sites, each associated with a clinical school of the University.

Research in the Discipline of General Practice is carried out at the following University locations:
 
  • Discipline of General Practice at the University of Sydney, Camperdown
  • Central Clinical School
  • Westmead Clinical School
  • Northern Clinical School
  • Rural clinical schools at Dubbo, Orange and Lismore.
Access 3 Study

Funded by NSW Health to inform youth health policy, the Access 3 research study describes the experiences of young people accessing and navigating the health system in NSW, focusing on marginalised young people. The ACCESS 3 study focuses on young people aged 12-24 living in NSW who are:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • living in rural/remote areas
  • homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • refugee or vulnerable migrants
  • gender and/or sexuality diverse.

More information on this project is available by contacting:

Clinical Associate Professor Melissa Kang, Principal Investigator
PH: +61 2 9514 7986
E: melissa.kang@sydney.edu.au

Ask Share Know: Rapid evidence for general practice decisions

The ASK Centre for Research Excellence is a collaboration between Bond University and the University of Sydney, led by internationally renowned academics across the fields of general practice, evidence-based medicine, shared decision-making, guideline development and knowledge translation. The program is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). There is a strong group of GP researchers joined by a psychologist, shared decision-making expert and a health economist for this grant.

Investigators: Professor Paul Glasziou, Professor Lyndal Trevena, Professor Tammy Hoffman, Professor Kirsten McCaffery, Professor Chris Del Mar, Professor Glenn Salkeld, Professor Jenny Doust, Professor France Legare

For further information please contact Ms Pinika Patel

International engagement

We aim to enhance and develop quality general practice and primary health care both in Australia and overseas. Our programs equip participants with the knowledge and abilities to apply Australian standards of general practice to their own practices, training standards and curriculum.

We work with partner countries to develop programs suited to their needs, with the opportunity to include locally relevant case-based teaching modules and training based on priority health areas. This can include in-country programs, programs at the University of Sydney and online modules.

For more information, download the Discipline of General Practice International Training Flyer in:

For more information on our international engagement, please contact Hankiz Ekpar at hankiz.ekpar@sydney.edu.au.

Our people

  • Dr Marguerite Tracy, Postgraduate Study
  • Hankiz Ekpar, Associate Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Ian Marshall, Director of University Health Service
  • Mr Drew Barr, Senior Administrator
  • Ms Sandy Haydon, General Practice Clinical Placements Network Coordinator
  • Dr Fiona Robinson, Central Clinical School
  • Dr Jennifer Shone, Northern Clinical School
  • Professor Tim Usherwood, Westmead Clinical School
  • Dr Ai-Vee Chua, School of Rural Health (Dubbo)
  • Dr Ken Hazelton, School of Rural Health (Orange)
  • Dr Jane Barker, University Centre for Rural Health (Lismore)
  • Dr Jane Burges, University Centre for Rural Health (Lismore)
  • Dr John Wenham, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health 
  • Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Western Sydney Sexual Health

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