General Practice

Advancing the role of general practice in holistic patient care

Every person needs a general practitioner to ensure their healthcare is person-centred, comprehensive, evidence-based, continuing and coordinated. Every doctor requires generalist knowledge and skills to ensure every person receives this holistic care.

The Division of General Practice is a group of clinical academics and practising GPs, dedicated to the acquisition of this knowledge and skills in centralised teaching and community-based placements. We pride ourselves on providing quality medical education, encompassing communication and consultation skills, preventative medicine, early detection of serious illness, and the management of common acute illness, undifferentiated illness and chronic disease.

Our researchers generate and translate evidence into the best practice of primary care. Currently, we focus on research in the areas of quality of life and patient-centred medicine, mental health, health service delivery and medical education.

Our staff are closely involved with professional bodies such as the Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, WA Primary Health Alliance, the Australian Association of Academic Primary Care, Postgraduate Medical Council of WA, and non-government organisations including the Primary Health Care Research Information Service and The Cancer Council.

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Course of interest

General Practice teaches in all three clinical years of the four-year medical course at UWA.



Evidence suggests the health of a population is most impacted by the number of general practitioners in any area and the quality of its primary healthcare provision. Research that is driven by and informs primary healthcare practice therefore has huge potential to improve healthcare outcomes.

Our staff

Contact Associate Professor Nahal Mavaddat

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.