Lucie Walters

Professor Lucie Walters

Director

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Professor Lucie Walters, PhD, MBBS (UoA), DCH, FRANZCOG, FRACGP, FACRRM is Director of the Adelaide Rural Clinical School. Her experience in rural medical educational leadership spans across the continuum from vocational, and prevocational arenas to medical school longitudinal integrated clinical placements. She was instrumental in developing Australia's reputation for longitudinal integrated clerkships, contributing particularly to Flinders University, Otago University and University of Northern Ontario programs.

Prof Walters has worked as a rural generalist in Mount Gambier since 1993 with clinical scope during this time covering: general practice, emergency medicine and inpatient care. With a PhD in medical education, Prof Walters recognises the importance in educational scholarship and context relevant rural clinical research. She has demonstrated research expertise in the fields of work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways and workforce, and more recently rural health service research.

Prof Walters is passionate about improving the health outcomes of rural people through the education, training and professional support of rural doctors. She is past President of the Australian College or Rural and Remote Medicine and still serves on the Assessment and Research committees for the College. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and member of the National Medical Training Advisory Committee she has a clear commitment to education governance.

Professor Walters is Director of the Adelaide Rural Clinical School. This program provides a full academic year of clinical training to University of Adelaide medical students in their penultimate year. Students are based in small rural communities in the north and west part of rural South Australia where they actively participate in patient care under the supervision of experienced rural doctors in general practice, rural hospitals, and community and outpatient settings. 

Her research interests include work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways, and rural generalism and resilience in medicine.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Director Adelaide Rural Clinical School
    2015 - 2019 Professor, Rural Postgraduate Medical Education Flinders University
    2008 - 2015 Associate Professor, Rural Medical Education Flinders University
    2005 - 2008 Director, Clinical Training Mount Gambier Hospital
    2001 - 2008 Senior Lecturer, Rural Medical Education Flinders University
    1993 - 2019 GP Obstetrics Mount Gambier Hospital
    1993 - 2008 GP Paediatrics, Emergency Department Clinician Mount Gambier Hospital
    1993 - 2002 Partner & Procedural GP Hawkins Medical Clinic
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award ReturnToWorkSA Health Award South Australian Regional Awards Australia
    2013 Award Award in Innovation Advantage Regonal Development Awards Australia
    2013 Nomination Finalist, Health Advantage Regional Development Awards Australia
    2013 Award Louis Ariotti Award for Innovation and Excellence in Rural Health National Rural Health Conference Australia
    2008 Distinction South Australian Women's Honour Roll Office for Women Australia
    2007 Achievement Outstanding Achievement - Departmental South Operations Staff Achievement Awards Australia
    2006 Award Best Collaboration with a Regional Focus Business and Higher Education Round Table Australia
    2006 Scholarship Harvard Macy Staff Scholarship UQ-Harvard Macy Leadership Program Australia
    2004 Nomination Finalist, Hudson Community Award SA Telstra Business Women's Awards Australia
    2003 Award Award in Health SA Great Regional Development Awards, Limestone Coast Australia
    2002 Award SA Practice of the Year (Hawkins Clinic) Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 Flinders University Australia PhD
    1989 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2014 Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Australia
    1999 Fellowship Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Australia
    1994 Fellowship Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Bentley, M., Dummond, N., Isaac, V., Hodge, H., & Walters, L. (2019). Doctors’ rural practice self-efficacy is associated with current and intended small rural locations of practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 27(2), 146-152.
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    2019 Isaac, V., McLachlan, C. S., Walters, L., & Greenhill, J. (2019). Screening for burn-out in Australian medical students undertaking a rural clinical placement.. BMJ open, 9(7), e029029.
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    2019 Walters, L., & Worley, P. (2019). Call to expand teaching opportunities in rural family medicine.. Medical education, 54(2), 97-99.
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    2019 Risk, J., Mohammadi, L., Rhee, J., Walters, L., & Ward, P. (2019). Barriers, enablers and initiatives for uptake of advance care planning in general practice: A systematic review and critical interpretive synthesis. BMJ Open, 9(9), e030275.
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    2018 Walters, L., & Walker, L. (2018). Rural medicine 'cooking up' longitudinal integrated clerkships. Rural and Remote Health, 18(3), 5099.
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    2018 Somporn, P., Walters, L., & Ash, J. (2018). Expectations of rural community-based medical education: A case study from Thailand. Rural and Remote Health, 18(4), 4709.
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    2018 Witney, M., Isaac, V., Playford, D., Walker, L., Garne, D., & Walters, L. (2018). Block versus longitudinal integrated clerkships: students’ views of rural clinical supervision. Medical Education, 52(7), 716-724.
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    2018 Somporn, P., Ash, J., & Walters, L. (2018). Stakeholder views of rural community-based medical education: a narrative review of the international literature. Medical Education, 52(8), 791-802.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2018 Greenhill, J., Richards, J., Mahoney, S., Campbell, N., & Walters, L. (2018). Transformative Learning in Medical Education: Context Matters, a South Australian Longitudinal Study. Journal of Transformative Education, 16(1), 58-75.
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    2017 Charlton, S., Schoo, A., & Walters, L. (2017). Early dynamic ultrasound for neonatal hip instability: Implications for rural Australia. BMC Pediatrics, 17(1), 82.
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    2017 Campbell, D., Walters, L., Couper, I., & Greacen, J. (2017). What are they thinking? Facilitating clinical reasoning through longitudinal patient exposure in rural practice. Rural and Remote Health, 17(4), 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2017 Eley, D., Laurence, C., David, M., Cloninger, R., & Walters, L. (2017). Rethinking registrar attributes for Australian rural general practice training. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25(4), 227-234.
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    2017 Walters, L., McGrail, M., Carson, D., O Sullivan, B., Russell, D., Strasser, R., . . . Kamien, M. (2017). Where to next for rural general practice policy and research in Australia?. Medical Journal of Australia, 207(2), 56-58.e1.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS11 Europe PMC2
    2017 Barton, E., Twining, L., & Walters, L. (2017). Understanding the decision to commence a dose administration aid. Australian Family Physician, 46(12), 943-947.
    2016 Walters, L., Seal, A., McGirr, J., Stewart, R., DeWitt, D., & Playford, D. (2016). Effect of medical student preference on rural clinical school experience and rural career intentions. RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 16(4), 9 pages.
    Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC3
    2016 Worley, P., Couper, I., Strasser, R., Graves, L., Cummings, B., Woodman, R., . . . Yerby, L. (2016). A typology of longitudinal integrated clerkships. Medical Education, 50(9), 922-932.
    DOI Scopus42 Europe PMC28
    2016 Laurence, C., Eley, D., Walters, L., Elliott, T., & Cloninger, C. (2016). Personality characteristics and attributes of international medical graduates in general practice training: implications for supporting this valued Australian workforce. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(5), 333-339.
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    2016 King, K., Purcell, R., Quinn, S., Schoo, A., & Walters, L. (2016). Supports for medical students during rural clinical placements: Factors associated with intention to practise in rural locations. Rural and Remote Health, 16(2), 3791.
    Scopus14 Europe PMC7
    2016 Walters, L., & Brooks, K. (2016). Integration, continuity and longitudinality: the ‘what’ that makes patient-centred learning in clinical clerkships. Medical Education, 50(9), 889-891.
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    2015 Isaac, V., Walters, L., & McLachlan, C. (2015). Association between self-efficacy, career interest and rural career intent in Australian medical students with rural clinical school experience. BMJ Open, 5(12), e009574.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS10 Europe PMC4
    2015 Gladman, J., Ryder, C., & Walters, L. (2015). Measuring organisational-level Aboriginal cultural climate to tailor cultural safety strategies. Rural and Remote Health, 15(4), 3050.
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    2015 Law, I., & Walters, L. (2015). The influence of international medical electives on career preference for primary care and rural practice. BMC Medical Education, 15(1), 202.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2015 Greenhill, J., Fielke, K., Richards, J., Walker, L., & Walters, L. (2015). Towards an understanding of medical student resilience in longitudinal integrated clerkships. BMC Medical Education, 15(1), 137.
    DOI Scopus17 Europe PMC8
    2015 Eley, D., Laurence, C., Cloninger, R., & Walters, L. (2015). Who attracts whom to rural general practice? Variation in temperament and character profiles of GP registrars across different vocational training pathways. Rural and Remote Health, 15(4), 3426-1-3426-15.
    Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC3
    2015 Walters, L., Laurence, C., Dollard, J., Elliott, T., & Eley, D. (2015). Exploring resilience in rural GP registrars - implications for training. BMC Medical Education, 15(1), 110-1-110-8.
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    2015 Shahi, R., Walters, L., Ward, H., Woodman, R., & Prideaux, D. (2015). Clinical participation of medical students in three contemporary training models. Medical Education, 49(12), 1219-1228.
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    2014 Heddle, W., Roberton, G., Mahoney, S., Walters, L., Strasser, S., & Worley, P. (2014). Challenges in transformation of the “traditional block rotation“medical student clinical education into a longitudinal integrated clerkship model. Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, 27(2), 138-142.
    DOI Scopus11 Europe PMC5
    2014 Kelly, L., Walters, L., & Rosenthal, D. (2014). Community-based medical education: Is success a result of meaningful personal learning experiences?. Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, 27(1), 47-50.
    DOI Scopus17 Europe PMC7
    2014 Greenhill, J., & Walters, L. (2014). AM last page: Longitudinal integrated clerkships. Academic Medicine, 89(3), 526.
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    2014 Kleinitz, A., Campbell, D., & Walters, L. (2014). General practice registrar perceptions on training medical students. Australian Family Physician, 43(1), 64-67.
    Scopus3 Europe PMC2
    2013 Gum, L., Richards, J., Walters, L., Forgan, J., Lopriore, M., & Nobes, C. (2013). Immersing undergraduates into an interprofessional longitudinal rural placement. Rural and Remote Health, 13(1), 2271.
    Scopus17 Europe PMC7
    2013 Eley, D., Cloninger, C., Walters, L., Laurence, C., Synnott, R., & Wilkinson, D. (2013). The relationship between resilience and personality traits in doctors: implications for enhancing well being. PeerJ, 2013(1), 216-1-216-16.
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    2013 Burton, H., & Walters, L. (2013). Access to Medicare-funded annual comprehensive health assessments for rural people with intellectual disability. Rural and Remote Health, 13(3), 1.
    Scopus4 Europe PMC2
    2012 Walters, L., Greenhill, J., Richards, J., Ward, H., Campbell, N., Ash, J., & Schuwirth, L. (2012). Outcomes of longitudinal integrated clinical placements for students, clinicians and society. Medical Education, 46(11), 1028-1041.
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    2012 Ash, J., Walters, L., Prideaux, D., & Wilson, I. (2012). The context of clinical teaching and learning in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(7), 475.
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    2012 Charlton, S., Muir, L., Skinner, T., & Walters, L. (2012). Pilot evaluation of anterior dynamic ultrasound screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip in an Australian Regional Hospital. Rural and Remote Health, 12(3), 2091.
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    2012 Mahoney, S., Walters, L., & Ash, J. (2012). Urban community based medical education: General practice at the core of a new approach to teaching medical students. Australian Family Physician, 41(8), 631-636.
    Scopus7 Europe PMC1
    2011 Young, L., Kent, L., & Walters, L. (2011). The John Flynn Placement Program: Evidence for repeated rural exposure for medical students. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 19(3), 147-153.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS18 Europe PMC9
    2011 Walters, L., & Hirsh, D. (2011). Teaching in general practice: Considering conceptual lenses. Medical Education, 45(7), 660-662.
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    2011 Walters, L., Prideaux, D., Worley, P., & Greenhill, J. (2011). Demonstrating the value of longitudinal integrated placements to general practice preceptors. Medical Education, 45(5), 455-463.
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    2010 Farry, P., Adams, J., Walters, L., Worley, P., & Dovey, S. (2010). Development of the Rural Immersion Programme for 5th-year medical students at the University of Otago. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1323), 16-23.
    Scopus9 Europe PMC3
    2009 Walters, L., Prideaux, D., Worley, P., Greenhill, J., & Rolfe, H. (2009). What do general practitioners do differently when consulting with a medical student?. Medical Education, 43(3), 268-273.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS24 Europe PMC15
    2008 Walters, L., Worley, P., Prideaux, D., & Lange, K. (2008). Do consultations in rural general practice take more time practitioners are percepting medical students?. Medical Education, 42(1), 69-73.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS35 Europe PMC17
    2007 Ranmuthugala, G., Humphreys, J., Solarsh, B., Walters, L., Worley, P., Wakerman, J., . . . Solarsh, G. (2007). Where is the evidence that rural exposure increases uptake of rural medical practice?. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15(5), 285-288.
    DOI Scopus84 WoS86 Europe PMC45
    2006 Walters, L., & Worley, P. (2006). Training in rural practice: Time for integration?. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 14(5), 171-172.
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    2005 Walters, L., Worley, P., Prideaux, D., Rolfe, H., & Keaney, C. (2005). The impact of medical students on rural general practitioner preceptors. Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, 18(3), 338-355.
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    2005 Walters, L., Worley, P., Prideaux, D., Rolfe, H., & Keaney, C. (2005). The impact of medical students on rural general practitioner perceptors.. Rural and remote health, 5(4), 403.
    Scopus22 Europe PMC7
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2012 Hirsh, D., Walters, L., & Poncelet, A. (2012). Better learning, better doctors, better delivery system: Possibilities from a case study of longitudinal integrated clerkships. In Medical Teacher Vol. 34 (pp. 548-554). England: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.
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Grants Received Since 2010
Date Funding Funding Body Funding Purpose Role
2019 $155,332 Rural Junior Doctor Innovation Fund Community-based internship support Applicant
2017-2018 $1,148,901 Integrated Rural Training Pipeline Limestone Coast - Riverland Hub Applicant
2016-2018 $476,000 Country Health SA Junior Medical Officer training and accreditation Applicant
2016 $148,000 AGPT Registrar research projects Supervisor
2012 $381,000

Grampians Clinical Placement Network / SA Integrated Regional Clinical Network

Distributed Simulation Applicant
2012-2014 $398,000 Country Health SA Junior Medical Officer training and accreditation Applicant
2012 $60,000 Health Workforce Australia Country Health SA LHN Simulated Patient Training  Applicant
2012 $85,000 Health Workforce Australia Country Health SA LHN Scenario Development Applicant
2011 $175,000 APHCRI Partnerships Enabling Advancement of Coordinated Health Implementation (PEACHI)

CIA

2011 $123,000 General Practice Education and Traning Academic Registrars Supervisor
2011 $186,000 Rural Education Infrastructure Development Middleton Medical Clinic extension Applicant
2010-2012 $398,000 Country Health SA Junior Medical Officer training and accreditation Applicant
2010 $460,000 GP Superclinic Primary Care Infrastructure Grant B Kapunda Medical Practice extension Applicant
2010 $172,000 Rural Education Infrastructure Development Lake Bonney Medical Clinic Barmera extension Applicant
2010 $266,000 Australian General Practice Training program PGPPP funding for intern rotation, Millicent Medical Clinic Applicant
2010 $1,460,000 Increased Clinical Training Capacity Grants Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital training space Applicant
2010 $1,120,000 Increased Clinical Training Capacity Grants Mount Gambier UDRH building extension Applicant
2010 $106,000 ARC Linkage Grants Increasing the rural medical workforce: Investigating personal traits to enhance our understanding and improve training of rural registrars  CID
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Council Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Rural Health Workforce Strategy Steering Committee South Australian Department of Health Australia
    2018 - ongoing Representative National Medial Workforce Strategy Steering Committee Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing Australia
    2016 - 2018 Director Rural Doctors Association of Australia Rural Doctors Association of Australia Australia
    2015 - 2017 Member Obstetrics Clinical Committee Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Australia
    2014 - 2016 President Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Australia
    2013 - 2015 Co-Chair China-Australia General Practitioner Education Training and Research Centre China-Australia General Practitioner Education Training and Research Centre China
    2013 - 2013 Representative Expert Reference Group BeyondBlue Doctors' Mental Health Program Australia
    2012 - 2014 Member Education Board ACRRM Australia
    2011 - 2012 Board Member International Centre of Point-of-Care Testing Flinders University, Adelaide Australia
    2009 - 2018 Director Board Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Australia
    2009 - 2013 Director Executive Board ACRRM Australia
    2007 - 2013 Member Assessment Board ACRRM Australia
    2007 - 2010 Director General Practice Education and Training Board Greater Green Triangle Australia
    2003 - 2015 Member South Australian Clinical Senate South Australian Clinical Senate Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services working party Department of Health Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member National Rural Health Alliance Council National Rural Health Alliance Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member National Medical Training Advisory Network Standing Council on Health Australia
    2013 - 2016 Member Early Career Researchers Committee Flinders University Australia
    2013 - 2014 Vice-President ACRRM ACRRM Australia
    2011 - 2018 Member General Practice Recognition Eligibility Committee Department of Health Australia
    2011 - ongoing Board Member Management Board Rural and Remote Health Journal Australia
    2011 - ongoing Chair Survey Leadership Group FRAME Australia
    2010 - 2013 Chair Research Committee ACRRM Australia
    2009 - 2012 Member Censor's Committee ACRRM Australia
    2007 - 2013 Representative ACRRM Representative South Australian Institute of Medical Education and Training Australia
    2007 - 2011 Chair National Advisory Committee John Flynn Placement Program Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Research Committee Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Australia
    2005 - ongoing Member GP Supervisors Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2015 - 2015 Australian Commonwealth Government General Practice Training Advisory Committee Health services and related Australia
  • Position: Director
  • Phone: 0409692359
  • Email: lucie.walters@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Mount Gambier
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  • Org Unit: Adelaide Rural Clinical School

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