Professor Kirsty Douglas

MBBS, DipRACOG, MD, FRACGPProfessor Kirsty Douglas

Kirsty is Professor of General Practice at the ANU Medical School and Director of the Academic Unit of General Practice at ACT Health. She completed her initial medical training at the University of Adelaide and then undertook doctoral studies at Oxford, prior to returning to Australia in 1993. Kirsty completed her GP specialist training in Canberra and has happily remained here ever since with her husband and 4 kids.

Kirsty has spent 22 years working in clinical general practice in the ACT, including 12 years in private practice in Yarralumla also 8 years working as a senior doctor at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, and 2 years at Interchange General Practice.  She has worked as an after-hours locum GP in Canberra and as a GP locum in remote WA. This range of experience has given her a deep understanding of how the health system operates at the coalface which has informed her research and management agendas.

Kirsty’s academic roles have spanned the University of Sydney, the Australian National University Medical School and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute. Her early academic career had a very strong focus on medical education and curriculum development and she was instrumental in helping to establish the ANU Rural Clinical School. Over the last decade she has spent two significant periods in the ANU medical school and has spent time as Associate Dean for Rural and Community, Associate Dean of Medical Education and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning (Phase 2). She has always maintained her clinical practice and has been an active supervisor in the regional GP registrar training program.

In 2008 Kirsty became the Acting Director at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI). During her 10 months as Acting Director the Institute funded 7 streams of research worth over $2.8 million and underwent a major independent review prior to negotiation of a new funding contract. Kirsty took an opportunity to return to active research in 2009 as a research fellow at APHCRI and she was involved in health services research with a focus on workforce, chronic disease management in general practice and translation of research evidence into policy and practice. Kirsty developed a strong interest in the role of spatial-analysis and mapping in primary health care research and led APHCRI’s development work on GRAPHIC.

Kirsty is currently a member of the Australasian Association of Primary Care (AAAPC) Executive, ANU Medical School Executive Committee, Capital Health Network GP Advisory Group, ACT Health representative - GP Synergy Murrumbidgee and ACT Advisory Council, ACT Research Strategy Committee. Kirsty is passionate about general practice and the role of primary care in high quality equitable and sustainable health care systems.

Career Highlights

Working with committed and passionate colleagues

Never being bored

Maintaining sanity and a sense of humour in an increasingly complex world

My husband and four children

Areas of Professional Interest

Kirsty’s interests are broad in alignment with her generalist clinical qualifications. She is interested in health care system function and performance, in the social determinants of health and how to provide effective and sustainable care to vulnerable and high needs populations.

Kirsty spent 5 years serving on the Medical Services Advisory Committee which cemented her interest in evidence based medicine and evidence informed health policy but stimulated her determination to find better ways to measure and value the contribution of primary health care in our health care system.

2013- Associate Professor of General Practice, Australian National University Medical School.