Monash Rural Health Gippsland appoints Dr James Brown OAM as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor

Dr James Brown OAM has been appointed as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with Monash Rural Health (MRH) Gippsland in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

Associate Professor Brown is currently the Principal Medical Education Advisor at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). With a  long and distinguished career in general practice education, Associate Professor Brown has been an accredited GP registrar supervisor with the Australian General Practice Training Program since 1991. He previously served as Director of Training for the Gippsland General Practice Training Program from 2005 to 2015 and Director of Education Quality Improvement at Eastern Victoria General Practice Training (EVGPT) from 2016 to 2020. In 2014, Associate Professor Brown received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to medical education and the community.

Associate Professor James BrownAn active researcher, Associate Professor Brown’s research focuses on general practice education and supervision, building a sound evidence base to guide best practice. He has published widely in this field. Associate Professor Brown recently completed his PhD at Monash, and his thesis explored the identity development of general practice trainees, and the role of the GP supervisory relationship in supporting this journey. He is a practice owner and co-director of Trafalgar Medical Centre, a large regional general practice that also provides nursing and allied health services to the West Gippsland community. This practice also provides clinical learning and supervision opportunities across all levels of general practice training.

Associate Professor Brown will contribute his experience and expertise in medical education leadership and research to support the core activities of MRH Gippsland; that is, the provision of quality clinical placements and teaching, and linking students to regional training pathways, bolstering our efforts to address medical workforce maldistribution across regional, rural and remote parts of Australia.

Associate Professor Brown commented:

“It is an honour and a privilege to receive this appointment with Monash Rural Health Gippsland. The Rural Clinical Schools are a key initiative in establishing a pipeline into rural medical practice. Gippsland has already benefitted considerably from Monash Rural Health graduates who have continued in Gippsland. I look forward very much to working with Monash Rural Health Gippsland alongside my other roles as a practice owner and supervisor in Trafalgar and as Principal Medical Education Advisor at the Royal Australian College of General Practice.”

Adjunct appointments are a means of recognising the contribution of individuals who have and continue to further the goals of the University, and whose association with the Faculty will be mutually beneficial.

Associate Professor Cathy Haigh, Director of Monash Rural Health Gippsland looks forward to welcoming Associate Professor Brown, who will formally commence his position in July.

“Associate Professor Brown is a highly valued member of the Gippsland medical community. His significant experience in regional practice and expertise in general practice education and research will be an asset to our staff and students.”