Director, Academic Unit of General Practice, ACT Health
Professor General Practice, ANU Medical School
President, Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC)
Kirsty is a local GP, Professor of General Practice at the Australian National University Medical School and Director of the Academic Unit of General Practice, ACT Health.
Kirsty is President of the AAAPC and serves on the RACGP National Research Advisory Committee. She has previously served on the Board of the ACT Medicare Local and the Capital Health Network, the ACT Clinical Senate as well as being a Ministerial appointment to the Commonwealth Medical Services Advisory Committee.
Kirsty has spent 22 years working in general practice in the ACT, in private practice, at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health service and most recently at Interchange General Practice, Canberra City, with a special interest in mental health, drug and alcohol issues and indigenous health. Kirsty is passionate about general practice and the role of primary care in high quality equitable and sustainable health care systems. Her research interests include management of obesity, primary health care health systems research, chronic disease management and indigenous health.
Kirsty is Professor of General Practice at the ANU Medical School and Director of the Academic Unit of General Practice at ACT Health. In addition she is currently President of the Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care.
Kirsty completed her initial medical training at the University of Adelaide and then undertook doctoral studies at Oxford, prior to returning to Australia in 1993.
Current Research Supervision
Ms Sally Hall: Developing an ecological theory of variation in health care
Dr Penny Burns: GP and the health consequences of Disasters
Ms Phillipa Dossetor: Health Service Use and Needs of Children in the Remote Fitzroy Valley
- Primary Health Care
- Public Health And Health Services
- Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health
- Health And Community Services
- Family Care
Publications - Peer Reviewed
Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Haesler, E et al 2018, 'Role of the family doctor in the management of adults with obesity: a scoping review', BMJ Open, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-29.
Tran, B, Straka, P, Falster, M et al 2018, 'Overcoming the data drought: exploring general practice in Australia by network analysis of big data', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 209, no. 2, pp. 68-73.
Sturgiss, E, Madigan, C, Klein, D et al 2018, 'Metabolic syndrome and weight management programs in primary care: a comparison of three international healthcare systems', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 372-377pp.
Sturgiss, E, Haesler, E, Elmitt, N et al 2017, 'Increasing general practitioners' confidence and self-efficacy in managing obesity: a mixed methods study', BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. e014314-e014314.
Banfield, M, Jowsey, T, Parkinson, A et al 2017, 'Experiencing integration: a qualitative pilot study of consumer and provider experiences of integrated primary health care in Australia', BMC Family Practice Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1-12.
Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Haesler, E et al 2017, 'Feasibility and acceptability of a physician-delivered weight management programme', Family Practice, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 43-48pp.
Sturgiss, E, Haesler, E, Elmitt, N et al 2017, 'Obesity management in primary care', Lancet, The (UK edition), vol. 389, no. 10079, pp. 1605-1605.
Phillips, C, Hall, S, Elmitt, N et al 2017, 'People-centred integration in a refugee primary care service: a complex adaptive systems perspective', Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 26-38.
Sturgiss, E, Sargent, G, Haesler, E et al 2016, 'Therapeutic alliance and obesity management in primary care - a cross-sectional pilot using the Working Alliance Inventory', Clinical Obesity, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 376-379pp.
Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K, Kathage, R et al 2016, 'A synthesis of selected national Australian guidelines on the general practice management of adult patients who are overweight or obese', Australian Family Physician, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 327-331pp.
Sturgiss, E, Van Weel, C, Ball, L et al 2016, 'Obesity management in Australian primary care: Where has the general practitioner gone?', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 473-476.
Sturgiss, E & Douglas, K 2016, 'A collaborative process for developing a weight management toolkit for general practitioners in Australia-an intervention development study using the Knowledge To Action framework', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 2, no. 20, pp. 1-8.
Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K, Kathage, R et al 2016, 'A synthesis of selected national Australian guidelines on the general practice management of adult patients who are overweight or obese extc1', Australian Family Physician, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 327-331pp.
Stone, L, Douglas, K, Mitchell, I et al 2015, 'Sexual Abuse Of Doctors By Doctors Professionalism Complexity And The Potential For Healing', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 203, no. 4, pp. 170-171.
Phone: +61 2 5124 4947
Location: Canberra Hospital, Bdg 4, Level 2, Garran ACT 2605
Centre: Academic Unit of General Practice