Director, Academic Unit of General Practice, ACT Health
Professor General Practice, ANU Medical School
Professor Kirsty Douglas MBBS, DipRACOG, MD, FRACGP, GCHE is Professor of General Practice at the Australian National University, and Director of the Academic Unit of General Practice at ACT Health combining clinical work in general practice, medical education, policy development and primary health care health services research.
Prof Douglas has been a clinician academic who has taken on significant teaching, leadership, policy and management roles in the University, the ACT Health system and in not-for-profit general practices including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO) and rural and remote locums.
Prof Douglas contributes widely to the national and local ACT medical and academic GP community. Currently she sits on the Capital Health Networks Clinical Council and Chairs the ACT Health CoVid Primary Care Taskforce. She is a member of DeepEnd GP’s which is an advocacy and support group for GP’s working with underserved and vulnerable communities and is immediate past President of the Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC), a role she held for 3 consecutive terms.
Prof Douglas is currently supervising 4 PhD students and has previously supervised many others in research doctorates and master’s programs. She has an extensive teaching load across population health, general practice, Indigenous health and professionalism themes at ANU Medical School. Prof Douglas is also an active clinical supervisor in the GP Synergy GP registrar program having supervised both clinical and academic GP registrars for the last fifteen years and providing informal mentoring to many young GP and primary care academics.
Prof Douglas has published 34 peer reviewed papers and in the last 5 years, attracted over $5.3 million in grant funds. She is a reviewer on 3 international journals and many Australasian medical journals. Her current research programs include child health screening, after hours primary care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and screening for aCVR and GP role in natural disasters.
Kirsty has been privileged and proud to lead the Academic Unit of General Practice over the last 7 years. The team is cohesive, productive, and supportive which has enabled them to successfully negotiate the challenges and maximise the opportunities of working across both ACT Health and the ANU to provide high quality education, impactful research and considered policy advice.