David Gonzalez-Chica

Dr David Gonzalez-Chica

Associate Professor / Head of Research

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a medical doctor and paediatrician with 20 years of clinical experience, and a senior epidemiologist with 15 years of international experience in the design, implementation and analysis of quantitative studies (cohorts, cross-sectional studies, randomized controlled trials). For five years in Brazil, I worked as an Assistant Professor (2010-2015), where I was responsible for the development, coordination and teaching of five separate courses in the area of biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods targeting postgraduate students. I began working at the University of Adelaide as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Discipline of General Practice in 2015 (full-time fixed-term position). Two years later, as part of a competitive process, I won a continuing position with the same group (half-time). With the intention of broadening my professional networks and research activities in a range of Australian primary health settings, I applied for and was selected to a position as Head of Research (Level C) and member of the Executive Committee at the Adelaide Rural Clinical School in 2018. In 2020, I was promoted to Associate Professor (Level D) in recognition of all my professional trajectory as an academic at the University of Adelaide.

Date Title Institution Source of Data
Current projects
2021 -  Imagendo: Diagnosing endometriosis with imaging and AI The University of Adelaide / MRFF - Primary Health Care Research ($1,999,998.00) Australian Endometriosis Registry
2021 -  Do patients with pre-diabetes managed with Metformin achieve better glycaemic control? A national study using general practice data Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / 2021 RACGP Foundation / Diabetes Australia Research Grant ($57,261.00) National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2021 -  Community Resilience and Wellbeing in regional South Australia:
Evaluation of the ‘Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula’ Program
Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) and ‘Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula’ Program Quantitative and qualitative data collection
2020 -  Tracking of rural health placement students: a data-linkage study combining data from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) AHPRA, University of Adelaide data registry
2020 - Recent and Future Changes in Home Care and the Unique Challenges Associated With Service Delivery for Aboriginal People. Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) Qualitative data collection
2020 -  Introducing Point of Care Ultrasound in Primary Care POCUS-iPC Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) Quantitative and qualitative data collection
2019 - Pregnancy-related aeromedical retrievals by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS): Determinants and trends over time Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) and Department of Rural Health (University of South Australia Royal Flying Doctors Service
2019 - Coverage of influenza, pneumococcus, and herpes zoster immunisation amongst patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions and use of reminders to improve vaccination rates in Australian general practice Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / PFIZER Independent Grants Program ($200,000.00) Doctor Control Panel Program - General Practice
2019 - Increasing immunisation in general practice invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old whose chronic conditions put them at higher risk of and from these infections Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant ($56,859.00) Doctor Control Panel Program - General Practice
2019 -

General Practice management of physical and psychological trauma resulting from road traffic accidents, 2011-18

Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide / MAIC / RACGP Foundation Research Grant ($99,189.00) National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2018 -

Integrated Primary Health Care Services (IPHCS) Program Evaluation

Adelaide Rural Clinical School (University of Adelaide) and Department of Rural Health (University of South Australia) Country SA Primary Health Networks
2017 - Influenza like illness surveillance and influenza vaccination effectiveness estimation using NPS MedicineWise data: A pilot study Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2016 - Preventing obesity in childhood and adolescence: weight and height screening in Australian general practice Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise
2016 - Cardiovascular disease in adults: primary and secondary prevention in Australian general practice Discipline of General Practice, The University of Adelaide National Prescribing Service - MedicineWise

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - ongoing Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2018 - ongoing Head of Research - Adelaide Rural Clinical School University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Senior Lecturer - Discipline of General Practice University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2015 Assistant Professor Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
    2010 - 2015 Consultant Rio Grande University Foundation
    2009 - 2010 Fellow Federal University of Pelotas
    2005 - 2010 Fellow, Wellcome Trust Foundation Federal University of Pelotas
    2003 - 2005 Medical Doctor, Chief of Health Centre Municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Northern Communities Health Foundation Prize - 2019 Florey HDR Conference The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Best conference abstracts at the XVI Latin American Congress of Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Therapy and Metabolism Latin American Federation of Nutritional Therapy, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Mexico
    2017 Award Best conference abstracts at the XVII Brazilian Congress of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Brazilian Association for the Study of Obesity and metabolic Syndrom (ABESO) Brazil
    2015 Recognition Scientific Research Productivity Fellow Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil
    2010 Award Brazilian Best PhD Thesis in Public Health area Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) Brazil $70000.00
    2009 Award Best conference abstract at the 6th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (Dohad) International Epidemiology Association Chile
    2006 Award Best presentation in the 11th World Congress in Public Health World Federation of Public Health Associations Brazil
    2001 Award Award for the Best Graduated student in the School of Medicine, Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador Ecuador
    1997 Distinction Best undergraduate fellow student School of Medicine, Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil Ecuador
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Portuguese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 - 2008 Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem (SENAC), Brazil Brazil Specialist in Professional Education
    2007 - 2009 Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil PhD in Epidemiology. Concentration area: Lifecourse Epidemiology
    2005 - 2006 Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil MSc in Epidemiology
    2002 - 2019 Instituto de Salud Carlos III Spain Specialist in Infectious Paediatric Diseases
    1994 - 2001 Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, Guayaquil Ecuador MD
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2009 - 2010 Postdoc in Body Composition Analysis Universidade Federal de Pelotas Brazil
    2007 - 2008 Specialist in Adult Professional Education & Training National Service for Professional Learning, SENAC Brazil
    2002 - 2003 Specialist in Infectious Paediatric Diseases Instituto de Salud Carlos III Spain
  • Research Interests

Date Project Title. Role Funding Body Amount
2021-2024 Imagendo: Diagnosing endometriosis with imaging and AI CIJ MRFF - Primary Health Care Research $1,999,998
2021-2022 Do patients with pre-diabetes managed with Metformin achieve better glycaemic control? A national study using general practice data CIB 2021 RACGP Foundation / Diabetes Australia Research Grant $57,261
2019-2021 Coverage of influenza, pneumococcus, and herpes zoster immunisation amongst patients with immune-mediated inflammatory conditions and use of reminders to improve vaccination rates in Australian general practice CIB PFIZER Independent Grants Program $225,000
2019-2020 Increasing immunisation in general practice invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old whose chronic conditions put them at higher risk of and from these infections CIB RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant $56,859.00
2019-2021 General Practice management of physical and psychological trauma resulting from road traffic accidents, 2011-18 CIC MAIC / RACGP Foundation Research Grant $99,189.00
The University of Adelaide - Australia
  • Tutor and OSCE examiner:
    • Geriatric and General Practice Placement - Management of patients with chronic diseases that are commonly seen in general practice (5th-year students)
    • Open week - Paediatric Life Support - Adelaide Rural Clinical (5th year students) 
  • Lecturer: Paediatric emergencies in general practice (6th years students)
  • Biostatistics and quantitative research methods (post-graduate level)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Impact of early diagnosis and pharmacological management of diabetes on the middle- and longer-term outcomes for patients attending Australian general practices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mingyue Zheng
    2018 Co-Supervisor Patterns, Predictors and Outcomes of Prescribed Psychotropic Drug Use in Australian Children and Adolescents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Julie Marie Klau
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Developing Clinical Teacher's Self-efficacy in Australian General Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Lawrie McArthur
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care Australia
    2019 - ongoing Representative Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Brazilian Epidemiology Association
    2005 - ongoing Member International Epidemiology Association
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Consulting Editor PLoS ONE Plos ONE United Kingdom
  • Position: Associate Professor / Head of Research
  • Phone: 83131631
  • Email: david.gonzalez@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Rural Clinical School, Adelaide Medical School

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