Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss

Liz SturgissFRACGP  MPH  MForensMed FHEA

Liz completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2003.  She has since completed a Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales and a Master of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, Victoria. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Liz recently commenced her PhD at the ANU Medical School focussing on the role of the general practitioner in the management of obesity.

Area of Professional Interest

Liz works clinically as a GP at Althea Wellness Centre in Woden where she has a strong interest in alcohol and other drug addiction and mental health. She is also trained as a Forensic Physician but is currently not working in this role.  She has been a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 2012.

Career Highlights

2015 North American Primary Care Research Group conference – presented research paper on the collaborative process for developing the weight management program, Mexico

2014 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Foundation Grant for a pilot implementation trial of an obesity management program in general practice

2013 RACGP Independent Practitioner Network Pty Ltd (IPN)/Research Grant for research into obesity management in the general practice setting

2012/13 Developing and co-presenting a weekend workshop for GP registrars on Practice Ownership and Leadership skills

2012 Registrar Research Fund (GPET) grant to assist completion of Academic Post -

Current Research Projects

Pilot implementation trial of “The Change Program” – a GP-delivered weight management program in primary care (APHCRI Foundation Grant)

Recent Publications

  1. Elizabeth Ann Sturgiss, Emily Haesler, Katrina Anderson: General practice trainees face practice ownership with fear. Australia Health Review, Jan 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15153.
  2. Elizabeth Ann Sturgiss, Nicholas Elmitt, Chris Van Weel, Emily Haesler, Ginny Sargent, Alex Stevenson, Mark Harris, Kirsty Douglas: The role of the family doctor in the management of adults who are obese: a scoping review protocol. SpringerPlus  01/2015; 4(820). DOI:10.1186/s40064-015-1647-6
  3. Elizabeth Ann Sturgiss, Kirsty Douglas, Stephen Craig Trumble: Pharmaceutical sales strategies and sponsorship. The Medical Journal of Australia 02/2015; 202(3):131. DOI:10.5694/mja14.01525
  4. Elizabeth Ann Sturgiss, Kirsty Douglas, Sonia Res, Rebecca Kathage: Comparison and synthesis of current Australian guidelines on the management of obese adult patients in General Practice. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice 12/2014; 8(supplement 1):97. DOI:10.1016/j.orcp.2014.10.178
  5. Elizabeth Ann Sturgiss, Kirsty Douglas, Sonia Res, Alex Stevenson, Rebecca Kathage: Treating overweight and obese adults in General Practice – A systematic review. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice 12/2014; 8(supplement 1):97-8. DOI:10.1016/j.orcp.2014.10.179
  6. Sturgiss EA, Anderson K, Liedvogel M, Haesler E.To own or not to own: How can we best educate general practice registrars about practice ownership?  Australian Family Physician.  2013 Jul; 42(7):503-6.
  7. Sturgiss EA, Jin F, Martin S, Grulich AE, and Bowden FJ.Prevalence of other sexually transmitted infections in patients with newly diagnosed anogenital warts in a sexual health clinicSexual Health, 2010 Mar;7(1):55-9.
  8. Sturgiss EA, Tyson A, Parekh V.Characteristics of sexual assaults in which the adult victim report penetration by a foreign objectJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2010 Apr;17(3):140-2.
  9. Sturgiss EA.Suicide in people over the age of 65 years in the Australian Capital TerritoryJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2009 16, 338-9.
  10. Sturgiss E, Bowden F.Penile cellulitis due to community-acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an HIV-positive man   International Journal of STD and AIDS, 2008 19, 423-424.
  11. Stuart-Harris R, Odell H, Sturgiss E. Adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer: Is cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and 5-fluorouracil still the standard? Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 2005 1(1),13-24.