The Department of General Practice is committed to promoting excellence in general practice through outstanding teaching and learning, research and research training, and knowledge transfer though our strong links with the general practice community and primary health care networks.
The Department forms part of the Melbourne Medical School within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Located at 200 Berkeley Street, Carlton opposite the Tri-radiate Medical Building, we are ideally located in the Parkville precinct in close proximity to other University schools and departments, tertiary teaching hospitals and research institutes enabling us to provide multidisciplinary education to medical students and health professionals.
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Teaching and Learning
The Department of General Practice offers teaching and learning opportunities to GPs at all stages of their careers ranging from undergraduate medical students to vocational trainees, practicing clinicians, emerging researchers and experienced academics across metropolitan, regional and rural settings.
The Department plays a major role in the development and teaching of the postgraduate medical course (the MD) curriculum including the coordination of observational visits in year 1, four single days during the ambulatory care term in year 2, and the flagship six week general practice rotation in year 3. In addition students from the Northern and Western Clinical Schools will be allocated to a general practice for one day per week for year's 2 and 3 of their course (Primary Care Community Base).
The Department offers postgraduate programs for medical and allied health graduates at doctoral, masters, graduate and certificate levels, together with the opportunity to enrol in accredited single subjects.
Through its affiliation with the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance and Monash University, the Department also provides extensive vocational education and training to GP registrars and academic GPs.
Research and Research Training
The Department of General Practice is home to the Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU), a centre of excellence in primary care research, research training and knowledge translation. The Department's research focuses on clinical research, systems research and implementation research in primary care and has established programs in mental health, youth health and chronic disease.
The Primary Care Research Unit is in the process of setting up a Practice-Based Research Network which will aim to encourage the conduct of evidence-based primary care practice by supporting collaborative practice-based research, providing practices with access to research expertise and development opportunities, providing researchers with access to a practice base, and by actively disseminating research findings to network members and policy-makers.