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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.
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 —
Date Institution name Country Title 2009 Flinders University Australia PhD 1989 University of Adelaide Australia MBBS
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
Year Citation 2021 Kerr, L., Kealy, B., Lim, D., & Walters, L. (2021). Rural emergency departments: A systematic review to develop a resource typology relevant to developed countries.. The Australian journal of rural health, 29(1), 7-20.
2021 Raftery, D., Isaac, V., & Walters, L. (2021). Factors associated with medical students’ interest in remote and very remote practice in Australia: A national study. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29(1), 34-40.
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2021 Padley, J., Boyd, S., Jones, A., & Walters, L. (2021). Transitioning from university to postgraduate medical training: A narrative review of work readiness of medical graduates.. Health science reports, 4(2), e270.
2021 Gonzalez-Chica, D., Gillam, M., Williams, S., Sharma, P., Leach, M., Jones, M., . . . Gardiner, F. (2021). Pregnancy-related aeromedical retrievals in rural and remote Australia: national evidence from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.. BMC Health Serv Res, 21(1), 1-10.
2021 Walker, L., Isaac, V., Walters, L., & Craig, J. (2021). Flinders University rural medical school student program outcomes. Australian Journal of General Practice, 50(5), 319-321.
2021 La Forgia, A., Williams, M., Williams, S., Walters, L., McArthur, L., & Gonzalez-Chica, D. (2021). Are Australian rural clinical school students' career choices influenced by perceived opinions of primary care? Evidence from the national Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators survey. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29(3), 373-381.
2020 Konkin, J., Grave, L., Cockburn, E., Couper, I., Stewart, R. A., Campbell, D., & Walters, L. (2020). Exploration of rural physicians' lived experience of practising outside their usual scope of practice to provide access to essential medical care (clinical courage): an international phenomenological study.. BMJ Open, 10(8), e037705.
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2020 Vogel, J. P., Tendal, B., Giles, M., Whitehead, C., Burton, W., Chakraborty, S., . . . National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. (2020). Clinical care of pregnant and postpartum women with COVID-19: Living recommendations from the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.. The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology, 60(6), 840-851.
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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. R. (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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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.
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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2018 Walters, L., & Walker, L. (2018). Rural medicine 'cooking up' longitudinal integrated clerkships. Rural and Remote Health, 18(3), 5099.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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), 4162-1-4162-7.
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2017 Walters, L. K., McGrail, M. R., Carson, D. B., O’Sullivan, B. G., Russell, D. J., Strasser, R. P., . . . Kamien, M. (2017). Where to next for rural general practice policy and research in Australia?. Medical Journal of Australia, 207(2), 56-58.e1.
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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 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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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2015 Greenhill, J., Fielke, K. R., Richards, J. N., Walker, L. J., & Walters, L. K. (2015). Towards an understanding of medical student resilience in longitudinal integrated clerkships. BMC Medical Education, 15(1), 137.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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2013 Gum, L. F., Richards, J. N., Walters, L., Forgan, J., Lopriore, M., & Nobes, C. (2013). Immersing undergraduates into an interprofessional longitudinal rural placement. Rural and Remote Health, 13(1), 2271.
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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.
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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. K., Walters, L. K., Prideaux, D. J., & Wilson, I. G. (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. C., & 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.
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.
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2012 Hirsh, D., Walters, L., & Poncelet, A. N. (2012). Better learning, better doctors, better delivery system: Possibilities from a case study of longitudinal integrated clerkships. Medical Teacher, 34(7), 548-554.
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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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2011 Walters, L., & Hirsh, D. (2011). Teaching in general practice: Considering conceptual lenses. Medical Education, 45(7), 660-662.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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2006 Walters, L., & Worley, P. (2006). Training in rural practice: Time for integration?. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 14(5), 171-172.
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. S., Worley, P. S., Prideaux, D., Rolfe, H., & Keaney, C. (2005). The impact of medical students on rural general practitioner perceptors.. Rural and remote health, 5(4), 403.
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Year Citation 2021 White, I., Walters, L., Benson, J., & Elliott, T. (2021). Australian General Practice Registrars' lived experiences of engagement with their Regional Training Organisation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH Vol. 27 (pp. LIV-LV). CSIRO PUBLISHING.
|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|
Grampians Clinical Placement Network / SA Integrated Regional Clinical Network
|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)||
|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|
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Quality and Safety or Rural Generalist Anaesthesia Flinders University — Doctorate — Dr Peter Gilchrist 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor TBA Flinders University — Doctorate — Jo Risk 2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Stakeholder perspectives of CBME in the Thai context Flinders University — Master — Praphun Somporn 2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor ‘It’s all in the Translation’. Translating research into health service delivery to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote Australia. Flinders University — Doctorate — Carol Reeve 2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The effects of different models of clinical experience on the clinical reasoning of Year 3 graduate-entry medical students Flinders University — Doctorate — Dr Rashmi Shahi
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
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
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2015 - 2015 Australian Commonwealth Government General Practice Training Advisory Committee Health services and related Australia
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