News & Events

Prof Ben Crabtree - Transdisciplinary Research Seminar 

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2017
RSVP: Spaces are limited. Please RSVP your attendance:
Time: 1.30-2.30pm
Venue: Graduate Medicine Lecture Theatre, Building 28
Presenter: Professor - Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Research Division, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (NJ), USA

Prof Crabtree will share some of his extensive experience in developing research and teams that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries to seek fresh approaches and answer complex questions in healthcare

Professor Crabtree has been a full-time primary care/health services researcher in family medicine for the past 30 years and has contributed to more than 200 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters in primary care research, including being a lead evaluator on the US National Demonstration Project of the Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) model.

Prof Crabtree’s research has focused on many of the qualitative aspects of practice transformation to the PCMH model, including identifying the most innovative PCMH transformational strategies that have emerged from practices that have long-term experience implementing a comprehensive PCMH model.

Prof Crabtree is experienced in the evaluation of national, practice-based, health programs and is known for his expertise in qualitative research and has written extensively in this area. He was the lead editor on a book about developing collaborative research teams, Exploring Collaborative Research in Primary Care.
Prof Crabtree has also been principal investigator on numerous NIH funded grants. He is currently conducting a comparative case study funded by the National Cancer Institute of a national sample of exemplary PCMH practices and the delivery of care for long-term cancer survivors.

Spaces are limited. Please RSVP your attendance:

Joining the Conference by Videoconference or Teleconference

The videoconference will be held on the GSM Staff Bridge.*
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*Note: You must dial into the conference. Assisted dialling is only done by request on the events registration form.

In Case of Videoconference Failure

In the event of videoconference failure, sites can participate in the conference by audio connection at 02 4223 9187.

Patient Centred Medical Home Symposium - Putting the patient at the centre

Date: Saturday, 29 April 2017
RSVP: 13 April 2017
Time: 10am to 3pm (registration from 9.30am)
Venue: Ocean Room, Level 2, iC Central Building 230, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong NSW 2500. Map

COORDINARE, the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, in partnership with UOW Graduate Medicine and Peoplecare Health is proud to invite you to a symposium examining the Patient Centred Medical Home. Health care organisations, health professionals and other interested parties are invited to attend and participate in an exploration of the Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) that will focus on the potential of this model of care for patients, practitioners and the primary care team.

In recent years there have been significant reforms proposed to the healthcare system based on the principles of the PCMH. While South Eastern NSW is not participating directly in the Commonwealth Health Care Homes trial initiative, COORDINARE is working closely with general practices in the region to implement principles of the PCMH to achieve improved patient experience of care, population health and provider satisfaction at a sustainable cost.

Professor Benjamin Crabtree, a US based medical anthropologist and professor at the Department of Family Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University (NJ) will share his extensive knowledge of the PCMH and the benefits to patients, practitioners and the primary care team.

An expert panel of local and nationally recognised speakers will also share their perspectives and emerging work on this model of care in the Australian context.

Registration is free with lunch to be provided, but be quick as spaces are limited. 

New Developments within the GSM

During 2016 there have been a number of developments at the Graduate School of Medicine (GSM). As we transition to our 10th year of operation a significant modification in 2017 will be a new name for the School. Future communication will refer to the GSM as Graduate Medicine (GM). The background to this change is that, in recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of health care in Australia, the University of Wollongong in 2013 formed a School of Medicine which incorporates the following disciplines:

  • Graduate Medicine
  • Medical and Exercise Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Indigenous Health

The name change reflects the fact that Graduate Medicine is a discipline in the broader School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is part of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health.

From 2017 UOW will offer a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. This degree will replace the existing Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBBS). The change will occur with the 2017 student intake and our preparation and planning ensures there will be minimal impact to the current delivery of the medical program. While recognising previous achievements attained from UOW medical training, a MD is a significant step in aligning the degree with those offered by other successful national and international universities.

In mid-October 2016 we welcomed Professor Nicholas Zwar, our new Dean of Medicine. Professor Zwar, previously from the University of New South Wales, has a medical career spanning 30 years. With research interests in chronic disease management, in general practice and primary care, infectious diseases and travel medicine, Professor Zwar also continues to work clinically. Now that Professor Zwar is on board, Professor Ian Wilson who has been Dean for the past three years has returned to his position as Associate Dean: Learning and Teaching.

Last reviewed: 5 May, 2017