Academic Registrar Posts

Our Department is characterised by a commitment to quality medical and nursing education and successful research programs in Cancer, Children’s and Young People’s Health, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Conditions, Mental Health, Abuse and Violence and Data for Decisions. The Department of General Practice highly values our Academic Registrar training posts. Many of the excellent teaching and research practices in our Primary Care Community are inspired by General Practitioners (GPs) who have undertaken an Academic Registrar training post and many of our university based GP academics were once Academic Registrars themselves.

Learn more about an Academic Registrar Post

  • Academic skills

    As an Academic Registrar in our Department you will:

    • be supervised and mentored in your chosen research project by senior primary care academics who are leaders in their field;
    • join a vibrant group of junior researchers in primary care including Honours, Masters, PhD and MD students with access to structured teaching on research methods;
    • attend our weekly Research Matters lunch presentations to expand research awareness and critical thinking skills;
    • join the Teaching and Learning Team and gain experience in curriculum and assessment design, examining and teaching practices;
    • have the option of undertaking the Melbourne Teaching Certificate which will advance your teaching skills;
    • receive monthly mentorship with a senior academic on your career aspirations, how academic skills may fit with your future goals, and on balancing your commitments during the Academic Registrar year.
  • Testimonials

    “Undertaking an academic post in 1991 opened the door into the world of the clinician researcher and educator. The support I received from my mentors and wider academic community sparked my passion to continue with an academic career. I love the variety and the challenge of undertaking research that will drive improvement in health care.”
    - Professor Jane Gunn, Head of Department

    “I undertook two academic registrar posts at the Department of General Practice – and never left! Undertaking my research project exploring a model of care for insulin initiation in a community health centre expanded my clinical skills and opened the pathway to an academic career. Subsequent to my academic registrar posts I have completed a PhD and am now developing a program of work around the use of GP data to assist with clinical decision making at the point of care. The teaching skills that I learnt underpin the work that I now undertake as Academic Coordinator of general practice teaching for the Melbourne MD.”
    - Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Lecturer in Primary Care, academic registrar 2010-12

    “I really valued the opportunity to become a part of the department, see how it functions, make lasting friendships and receive mentoring regarding not -only the academic post but also future career plans. The opportunity to hone teaching skills and learn how to manage a small research project also opened my eyes to the possibilities of a future clinical-academic career. In hindsight, I think this was one of the highlights of my medical career so far. I would highly recommend the academic GP registrar post at the University of Melbourne.”
    - Dr Chance Pistoll, academic GP registrar 2016.

  • Past research projects

    2015-2016 Immunisation in children in out-of-home care, Dr Kate Thornton
    2015-2016 Exploring opportunities for GPs to contribute to active transport, Dr Chance Pistoll
    2014 Young men and sexual health promotion, Dr Amy Litras

  • Research fields of senior primary care academic leaders
  • How to apply

    1.GP registrars can contact one of our academic research leaders to discuss a project
    they may like to do in the academic leader’s area of interest. Please refer to our Research Groups page.

    2.GP registrars who are not sure of which research area or who may want further
    information about the Academic registrar program at the University of Melbourne can
    email us with ‘Academic Registrar' in the subject field.

  • Contact us


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