Research Interests

Health and Social Care for Vulnerable Populations

Active and recent projects explore healthcare for people with experience of homelessness, mental illness, and/or substance use issues. These include:

  • General practice care for patients with severe and persistent mental illness;
  • Digital health access in people experiencing homelessness;
  • Experiences of healthcare for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Working with interpreters;
  • Methamphetamine use and opiate dependency.

Selection of recent publications

Sturman, Nancy and Matheson, Don (2020). 'I just hope they take it seriously': homeless men talk about their health care. Australian Health Review 44 (5) 748-754.

Sturman, Nancy and Matheson, Don (2020). ‘Genuine doctor care’: Perspectives on general practice and community-based care of Australian men experiencing homelessness. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28 (4) hsc.12963, 1301-1309. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12963

Sturman, Nancy, Williams, Ryan, Ostini, Remo, Wyder, Marianne and Siskind, Dan (2020). 'A really good GP': engagement and satisfaction with general practice care of people with severe and persistent mental illness. Australian Journal of General Practice, 49 (1-2), 61-65. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-02-19-485

Sturman, Nancy, Farley, Rebecca, Claudio, Fernanda and Avila, Patricia (2017). Improving the effectiveness of interpreted consultations: Australian interpreter, general practitioner and patient perspectives. Health & social care in the community, 26 (2), 233-240. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12504

Medical Education and General Practice Training

Recent and current scholarship of teaching and learning projects explore the following:              

  • Teaching and learning about ethical issues and professionalism in general practice;
  • Work-based learning in general practice training and medical education;
  • Self-monitoring and help-seeking in general practice training;
  • Student perspectives on, and utilisation of, online resources and teaching
  • Assessment in medical education;
  • Curriculum development;
  • Faculty and supervisor professional development.

Selection of recent publications

Sturman, Nancy, Parker, Malcolm, and Jorm, Christine (2020). Clinical supervision in general practice training: the interweaving of supervisor, trainee and patient entrustment with clinical oversight, patient safety and trainee learning. Advances in Health Sciences Education 26 (1) 297-311.

Sturman, Nancy J., Tapley, Amanda, van Driel, Mieke L., Holliday, Elizabeth G., Ball, Jean I., Davey, Andrew R., Fielding, Alison, FitzGerald, Kristen, Spike, Neil A., and Magin, Parker J. (2020). Configurations for obtaining in-consultation assistance from supervisors in general practice training, and patient-related barriers to trainee help-seeking: a survey study. BMC Medical Education 20 (1) 369 369.

Sturman, Nancy, Jorm, Christine and Parker, Malcolm (2020). With a grain of salt? Supervisor credibility and other factors influencing trainee decisions to seek in-consultation assistance: a focus group study of Australian general practice trainees. BMC Family Practice, 21 (1) 28, 28. doi: 10.1186/s12875-020-1084-7

Sturman, Nancy and Ostini, Remo (2018). Medical student contact with specialty trainees: missing out in general practice?. Australian Journal of General Practice, 47 (6), 391-395. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-12-17-4423

Sturman, Nancy, Tan, Zachary and Turner, Jane (2017). “A steep learning curve”: junior doctor perspectives on the transition from medical student to the health-care workplace. BMC Medical Education, 17 (92) 92, 92. doi: 10.1186/s12909-017-0931-2

The Craft of General Practice

Active projects explore the relational basis of general practice, general practitioner health and well-being, and partnerships with other health professions.

Selection of recent publications

Foot, Holly, Scott, Ian, Sturman, Nancy, Whitty, Jennifer A., Rixon, Kylie, Connelly, Luke, Williams, Ian, and Freeman, Christopher (2021). Impact of pharmacist and physician collaborations in primary care on reducing readmission to hospital: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy .

Freeman, Christopher R., Scott, Ian A., Hemming, Karla, Connelly, Luke B., Kirkpatrick, Carl M., Coombes, Ian, Whitty, Jennifer, Martin, James, Cottrell, Neil, Sturman, Nancy, Russell, Grant M., Williams, Ian, Nicholson, Caroline, Kirsa, Sue, and Foot, Holly (2021). Reducing Medical Admissions and Presentations Into Hospital through Optimising Medicines (REMAIN HOME): a stepped wedge, cluster randomised controlled trial. The Medical Journal of Australia 214 (5) 212-217.

Foot, Holly, Freeman, Christopher, Hemming, Karla, Scott, Ian, Coombes, Ian D., Williams, Ian D., Connelly, Luke, Whitty, Jennifer A., Sturman, Nancy, Kirsa, Sue, Nicholson, Caroline, Russell, Grant, Kirkpatrick, Carl and Cottrell, Neil (2017). Reducing medical admissions into hospital through optimising medicines (REMAIN HOME) study: protocol for a stepped-wedge, cluster-randomised trial. BMJ Open, 7 (4) e015301, e015301. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-01530

Researcher biography

Dr Nancy Sturman has worked in Australian general practice since 1990, in both metropolitan and rural settings. She is currently a general practitioner with UQ Healthcare, where she has been the Clinical Lead of Homelessness and Addiction Medicine since 2011.

Nancy was a member of the Queensland Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and chaired the Faculty's Research Support Committee, from 2014 - 2018. She is the Senior Academic Advisor with the Education Research Unit of the RACGP, and is a member of the Brisbane North Primary Health Network Clinical Council.

Nancy accepted an appointment with the University of Queensland's Discipline of General Practice in 2007, and was appointed to a Teaching Focused Associate Professor position with the Discipline in 2013. She led the delivery of the Discipline's clinical teaching from 2012 - 2015, as Academic Coordinator of the General Practice and Medicine in Society rotations. She chaired the School of Medicine's Assessment Sub-committee between 2013 and 2016, and served as the Deputy Chair of the University of Queensland Medical Research Ethics Committee between 2013 and 2016. She is currently the deputy Head of the Mayne Academy of General Practice, and leads UQ General Practice's scholarship of teaching and learning.

Her key research interests are: work-based learning in general practice training and medical education; managing and teaching ethical issues and professionalism in general practice; health and social care for vulnerable populations; and assessment in medical education. Nancy’s PhD focused on general practice registrar help-seeking, and supervisor input to patient care, during trainee consultations with patients.

Areas of research