General Practice

Mayne Academy of General Practice & General Practice Clinical Unit


The Mayne Academy of General Practice and the General Practice Clinical Unit are involved in a wide range of teaching and research activities. Our multidisciplinary team of general practitioners, primary care researchers and professional staff work in partnership with more than 130 general practices to provide clinical placements for UQ medical students and to undertake practice-based research dedicated to developing the evidence-base and translating evidence into practice to improve the quality of care for everyone in the community.

We enjoy sharing our passion for general practice with students. We provide placements in general practice for Year 3 students undertaking the General Practice course (intensive placement) and Year 2 students doing Urban LlnCC (longitudinal placement). Clinical placements in general practice provide medical students with an opportunity to learn about general practice and to develop their clinical and communication skills. Students learn about the complexity of caring for people in the community by observing experienced general practitioners, GP registrars, practice nurses and other practice staff and by participating in consultations and interacting with patients. Medical students flourish in these excellent learning environments.

We also provide clinical placements in Geriatric Medicine, Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, and Refugee Health for international students undertaking the Medicine in Society Course

Postgraduate education in skin cancer medicine is delivered in the Master of Medicine - MMed (Skin Cancer) programs.


General enquiries
Phone: +61 7 334 65136
Fax: +61 7 334 65178
Level 8, Health Sciences Building
Building 16/901, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Herston  Qld  4029 Australia
Office Hours:
8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday

Academic staff

Professional staff

  • Natalie Best

    Student Coordinator - General Practice
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Maryanne Cleetus

    Senior Research Assistant and Project Coordinator
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Sandra Comer

    Course Administrator - General Practice
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Ina Jenkins

    Student Coordinator - Urban LInCC
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Ms Rebecca Magee

    Clinical Unit Team Leader
    Greater Brisbane Clinical School
  • Idin Panahi

    GP Practice Support Officer
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Mia Slaughter

    Administration Officer
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Karen Thrift

    GP Liaison Officer
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Gillian Vey

    Ms Gillian Vey

    Administration Manager; EA to Claire Jackson
    Centre for Health System Reform and
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Robyn Wessling

    Robyn Wessling

    Executive Assistant to Head
    General Practice Clinical Unit
  • Kim Wicks

    Course Administrator - Medicine in Society
    General Practice Clinical Unit

Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) students

Adjunct, Honorary, and Academic Title Holder members

Rural Clinical School

In partnership with an outstanding team of general practitioner teachers, we make a strong contribution to teaching across Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the MD program. The Mayne Academy also supervises Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, including general practitioners and other health professionals.

The General Practice course, Medicine in Society course and Urban LinCC Project fall under the umbrella of the General Practice Clinical Unit. 

Our vision is an evidence-based primary care system that places the whole person at its heart and provides high-quality care for all. General practice spans the depth and breadth of human experience, providing relationship-centered care for people throughout their lives in the context of their family, community, and other healthcare providers. The diverse nature of general practice, and the diverse communities we serve, is reflected in the diversity of our research interests. 

We hold a research seminar alternate Wednesdays 12-1pm. Please contact us if you would like to be on the invite list for seminars. Attendance via zoom is an option.

The General Practice Clinical Unit Research Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025 can be found here.


The Mayne Academy of General Practice offers full and part-time positions in academic general practice. These positions provide a year of advanced training in academic general practice to interested general practice registrars.

Academic posts are part of Australian General Practice Training and provide training in an academic setting. Registrars will undertake a research project and  contribute to teaching, professional service and leadership. As well as developing research skills, registrars can develop skills in teaching and student assessment, planning and evaluation or teaching and academic project work. A senior academic supervisor provides guidance, mentorship, supervision, and feedback.

The Mayne Academy of General Practice is highly supportive of academic registrars and provides a nurturing environment where academic skills can be developed. Training posts can be structured to meet the specific needs of individual registrars.

Dr Isaac Tranter completed two Academic Posts at the General Practice Clinical Unit. Over the two years he was involved in several research projects. In 2020 he explored the experiences of GP registrars and supervisors with delivering immunisation to older Australians. In 2021 he continued exploring qualitative methodologies in a project looking at patient thoughts, experience and expectations around doctors accessing information during their consultation.  

Isaac was also involved in the tutorials of the 3rd year medical students during the General Practice rotation and had input into the GP course assessment and delivery. He was also able to assist in the redesign of the UQ medical programme which is due to commence in 2023.  

“The last two years have been such a great opportunity to explore a different angle of medicine. I found that working in clinical practice full time was becoming overwhelming and needed to diversify my week. Having a couple of days to think deeply, write, read, and engage in interesting conversations which the academics at GPCU was exactly the kind of balance I was looking for. I have learnt so much about teaching, research and curriculum design and I can definitely see academia becoming part of my future career.” 

Contact us

If you have your own project idea, please contact us to discuss your plans.

For more information about academic registrar posts in general, contact Dr Ben Mitchell.


Past GP Academic Registrars


Dr Isaac Tranter

Patient perceptions of doctors accessing digital information during general practice consultations



Dr Neha Pandeya

Identifying the correlates for suicidal thoughts in a cohort of urban Indigenous Australians: a cross-sectional study of 1 year of health assessment data from the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Pandeya, Neha A., Schluter, Philip J., Spurling, Geoffrey K., Tyson, Claudette, Hayman, Noel E. and Askew, Deborah A. (2021). Factors associated with thoughts of self-harm or suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to urban primary care: an analysis of de-identified clinical data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (1) 153, 153. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19010153

Dr Isaac Tranter

GP registrars’ experience with and barriers and facilitators to provision of immunization in Australians over 65 years

Isaac Tranter, Parker Magin , Mieke L van Driel (2021) Immunising older Australians: Pre-COVID-19 vaccine perspectives from general practice training. Australian Journal of General Practice. DOI: 10.31128/AJGP-02-21-5844



Dr Alison Green

Diagnosing and providing initial management for patients with Gestational Diabetes: What is the General Practitioner’s experience?

Green, Alison, Callaway, Leonie, McIntyre, H. David and Mitchell, Ben (2020). Diagnosing and providing initial management for patients with Gestational Diabetes: What is the General Practitioner’s experience?. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 166 108290, 108290. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108290

Dr Hayley Thomas

Practitioners’ Understanding of and Experiences Regarding Whole Person Care: A Qualitative Study

Thomas, H., M. Best, and G. Mitchell, Whole-person care in general practice: Factors affecting the provision of whole-person care. Aust J Gen Pract, 2020. 49(4): p. 215-220.

Thomas, H., M. Best, and G. Mitchell, Whole-person care in general practice: The doctor-patient relationship. Aust J Gen Pract, 2020. 49(3): p. 139-144.

Thomas, H., M. Best, and G. Mitchell, Whole-person care in general practice: The nature of whole-person care. Aust J Gen Pract, 2020. 49(1-2): p. 54-60.

Deckx, L., et al., General practitioners' practical approach to initiating end-of-life conversations: a qualitative study. Fam Pract, 2019.

Thomas, H., et al., General practitioners' considerations when deciding whether to initiate end-of-life conversations: a qualitative study. Fam Pract, 2019.

Thomas, H., M. Best, and G. Mitchell, Health Care Homes and whole-person care: A qualitative study of general practitioners' views. Aust J Gen Pract, 2019. 48(12): p. 867-874.



Emma Pappalardo

Emma Pappalardo, Parker Magin, Amanda Tapley, Andrew Davey, Elizabeth G Holliday, Jean Ball, Neil Spike, Kristen FitzGerald, Simon Morgan, Mieke L van Driel (2020). General practice registrars' experiences of antenatal care: A cross-sectional analysis. Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol. DOI: 10.1111/ajo.13042

Dr Hayley Thomas

A Systematic Review of Whole Person Care in General Practice: The Current Understanding of Whole Person Care and Factors Influencing its implementation.

Thomas, H., et al., Definition of whole person care in general practice in the English language literature: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 2018. 8(12): p. e023758.

Dr Ryan Williams

Sturman N, Williams R, Ostini R, Wyder M, Siskind D. 'A really good GP': Engagement and satisfaction with general practice care of people with severe and persistent mental illness. Aust J Gen Pract. 2020 Jan-Feb;49(1-2):61-65.

Sturman N, Williams R, Wyder M, Lynch J. Heard, known, and safe in general practice? An interview study with patients with severe and persistent mental illness. BJGP Open 2022; DOI: 10.3399/BJGPO.2021.0201


Audience Prize, RACGP QLD research session: Barriers and enablers to primary care for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. Williams, R., Siskind, D., Wyder, M., and Sturman, N. (2018). 

Tutor of the Year Award, UQ MD Year 1, 2020.

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General enquiries
Phone: +61 7 3346 5136  Fax: +61 7 334 65178

Level 8, Health Sciences Building
Building 16/901, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Herston  Qld  4029, Australia

Office Hours
8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday