Research Training Opportunities

The Department of General Practice is a national leader in research training in primary care consistently attracting summer and winter scholars , honours students , Masters , PhD students and academic registrars contributing to a thriving research culture. In 2018 Monash University was selected as the activity partner to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to deliver a calendar of activities nationally to academic GP registrars who receive support and basic training in research and academia as part of their year long academic post.

As a research student in the DGP you will have access to supervision from international and national leaders in primary care research and education in a supportive and collaborative research environment. The DGP hosts an international Centre of Excellence for access to primary care for vulnerable populations, NHMRC grant programs in women’s health and refugee care, and has been a champion in the use of data linkage to solve complex problems in primary care. Research students are linked with a research group working within one of our areas of research excellence and able to draw upon expertise from across the department to support quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. An active early career research group provides a structure for informal support and learning amongst peers.

Our model for primary care research training uniquely addresses the gap between general research training and the skills and knowledge needed to effectively conduct research and impact upon policy and practice in the primary care setting. Our model for primary care research training includes:

  • Support for undergraduate and postgraduate course requirements, including support and mentoring for the research project, confirmation of candidature, as well as supporting supervisor training and management.
  • Development of core primary care research skills and understanding of ethics through workshops and seminars.
  • Exposure to a wide variety of primary care research methods and topics through attendance at a weekly Departmental academic seminar series
  • Development of communication skills and understanding of Knowledge Exchange
  • Professional and career development including support for conference attendance, mentoring, networking, leadership and career opportunities

For more information about research training opportunities in the Department of General Practice contact the research training coordinator Dr Chris Barton.

Monash Summer and Winter Scholarship

This scheme provides an opportunity for current students to learn more about general practice and primary care research by joining a research team within the DGP to work on a small project, or as part of a larger research program, over semester breaks.

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An honours year is an opportunity to complete a supervised research project to identify and address a gap in medical knowledge. An honours degree provides you with a strong foundation in the principles and practice of research in general practice through participation in our unique primary care research education program, development of a wide variety of skills including qualitative and quantitative data analysis and communicating scientific ideas in oral presentations and a written thesis. Students are able to choose from a wide range of existing projects or develop your own project with your chosen supervisor

The DGP provides supervision to students from Bachelor of Medical Science honours and Bachelor of Biomedical Science honours programs.

Master of Advanced Primary Health Care Practice

Developed by leading academics and researchers, our course is designed for GPs, practice nurses, allied health professionals, policy makers and those working in primary health networks in rural, regional and metropolitan areas.

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Academic GP Registrars

An academic registrar post is a 12 month, salaried, teaching and research placement at a university, in conjunction with clinical practice. This post will not only build on your skills to teach others, but will also build on your knowledge of clinical content in the discipline of General Practice, contributing to your own development as an evidence-based practitioner. The post is supported by RACGP/ACRRM staff, a university research supervisor and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) clinical supervisor.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The DGP provides supervision to general practitioners, allied health professionals and graduates of other disciplines enrolled in the Monash Doctoral program. Our PhD students are integral to the growth and success of our research programs and are important contributors to the research culture within the department and within the broader primary care research community. A PhD involves extensive, independent research under an expert academic supervisor. You will use your research to write a thesis that makes a positive impact to knowledge in your chosen field.

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Our past research students

Currently available projects are listed in supervisor connect

For further information please contact:

Dr Chris Barton
Department of General Practice
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Monash University   
Building 1, 270 Ferntree Gully Road
Notting Hill, VIC 3168
Ph: +61 3 9902 4495