Doctoral study in General Practice and Primary Health Care

Why study with us?

  • Our department has a very strong track-record of high-quality research in many aspects of general practice and primary health care.
  • Our academic staff come from a range of different disciplines including medicine, nursing, psychology and medical sociology, with research interests across a broad range of clinical, scientific and professional topics.
  • We have a high publication record in peer reviewed journals.
  • As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding, high calibre supervision from our world-class academic researchers and connections with our extensive national and international networks.

Research opportunities

When you join us for your doctorate in General Practice and Primary Health Care, you will become part of a high-calibre research community and have the opportunity to publish papers, attend international conferences and develop your academic and clinical networks.

Some of the topics you could research include: 

  • Gerontology
  • Immunisation and vaccinology
  • Palliative care
  • Person-centred care
  • Primary health care in the global context
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Quality and safety

Our people

Pursue your PhD topic with us and benefit from exceptional standards of support and supervision from internationally recognised researchers.

Associate Professor Stephen Buetow

Primary health care; theoretical medicine; person-centred health care; flourishing; disability and rehabilitation; Parkinson’s disease. 

Felicity Goodyear-Smith

Primary health care and primary health care research, particularly in low and middle income countries; research capacity-building; risky health behaviours; lifestyle issues; mental health; screening and intervention for substance misuse, depression and anxiety; immunisation.

Dr Katherine Wallis

Safer prescribing in general practice; patient safety in primary care; ethical issues in general practice; medical professional regulation.

Professor Bruce Arroll

Mental health, behavioral change using brief interventions, hypertension, prevention of cardiovascular disease, gout, insomnia and antibiotic overuse.

Past research topics

Scholarships and awards

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