Welcome from Head of Department

Professor Lena Sanci, Head of department

Thank you for visiting the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne.

The Department of General Practice originated as a unit within the Department of Community Medicine in 1977. It was established as a separate department within the School of Medicine in 2001 and established the Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU) as a centre of excellence in primary care research, research training and knowledge exchange in 2006. With an increased profile within the Melbourne Medical School, the Department has utilised its growing network of general practitioners (GPs) and primary health care providers in the community to ensure that University of Melbourne medical students are provided with quality community based medical education. The Department delivers postgraduate training for primary care nurses, and research training for medical, Honours, Masters and PhD students. For more than 20 years the Department has run a very successful academic registrar program.

The Department focuses on clinical and health services research and training to achieve its vision through three major research themes. Using clinical data analytics we explore patient pathways and describe the epidemiology of health and disease in primary care. We are developing a range of risk stratification tools for use within primary care. With a focus on primary care innovation we develop, test and implement simple and complex interventions including digital technologies with an emphasis on co-design and patient centred care. Our work informs evidence for stepped care models and the medical home. Central to our work is understanding the patient and practitioner experience and involving them in identifying the challenges designing and testing solutions. The Department has successful research programs in Cancer; Children and Young People’s Health; Diabetes and Cardio-Metabolic Conditions; Mental Health; Abuse and Violence; and Data for Decisions.

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