Our research in this area focuses on how placing the patient at the centre of the doctor-patient relationship and the healthcare pathway can lead to better health outcomes. We also explore what leads to a better quality of life and subjective health experience for patients, including for patient groups with specific unmet needs e.g. mothers with serious mental health problems, and patients with medically unexplained symptoms such as chronic pain.
Health Services Research
The research group CHASM (Collaborative Health Analysis and Statistical Modelling) is a collaboration of the UWA Division of General Practice, Mathematics and Statistics, and Earth Sciences and uses the Western Australian Data Linkage System (WADLS) to analyse the health outcomes and drivers of demand for the provision of equitable and accessible healthcare in the community. The work of CHASM is directed and funded by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer for the WA Department of Health and leverages WA Data Collections to deliver the best possible health outcomes and service delivery for the West Australian community.
Medical Education is an area with a significant need for a stronger evidence base. We need to know if our medical student teaching is effective and translates into good clinical practice. We also need to know how we can best encourage resilience and good mental health in our future doctors. Active research projects in this area include clinical assessment standardisation, implementation of mindfulness training for medical students, and reducing bullying in medical schools.
Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of medicine that addresses the association between medicine and the humanities (arts, music, sociology, philosophy). The Division of General Practice in the School of Medicine currently leads the Medical Humanities Network, which is a virtual network of researchers throughout The University of Western Australia interested in the medical humanities. Current collaborations between the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education include work on “Exploring Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Promotion, Advocacy, Resilience" funded by the Worldwide Universities Network.
J Robin Warren Library
Professor (John) Robin Warren was a co-recipient, with Professor Barry J Marshall, of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2005 for their discovery that stomach ulcers were caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.Read more
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General Practice offers a number of opportunities for postgraduate research training, including the Master of Clinical Research program, academic rotations for the RACGP Fellowship Pathway trainees, and the supervision of PhD students.