Clinical Associate Professor Louise Stone

Clinical Associate Professor,
ANU Medical School
Academic Unit of General Practice, Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran 2605
 02 6244 2222





  • General Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Primary Care Mental Health


Louise Stone is a GP and medical educator with a clinical, teaching, research and policy interest in mental health. She has provided mental health courses across Australia, face to face and online and is keen to explore methods of developing effective communities of practice without the tyranny of distance.

Louise has been a Senior Medical Advisor for the Australian GP Training program from 2007-2017 and in that role, she managed the GP academic registrar program as well as other national policies around GP training. She has also had national roles in mental health standards and curriculum, research capacity development and ethics. Louise contributes to community education across a variety of media and practices as a GP clinician in Canberra, with advanced skills in complex mental health care.


Research interests

Louise is a qualitative researcher, with expertise in Mental Health, General Practice and Medical Education. She has led research capacity development initiatives in Australian General Practice for the last 10 years. Her PhD explored the assessment and management of patients with medically unexplained symptoms in General Practice. She is now leading a research program exploring sexual abuse in the medical profession. She is a social researcher on the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee.


Community Education

2018 Radio National Life Matters: Is there a social hierarchy of disease?

2016 SBS “Insight” program: Mind vs Body:

2015 SBS “The Feed” Medical Orphans:

2014 Choice magazine: What won’t doctors do?:

Canberra Doctor Volume 28, No. 5: Rigor or relevance? The challenge of undertaking research in the swampy lowlands of general practice

2017: Canberra Doctor Volume 29, No 6: An open letter to young doctors

2017: Royal College of Physicians podcasts: Dealing with uncertainty



  • Stone L (in press)  Schrodinger’s disease and the ethics of (non) diagnosis: the problem of medically unexplained symptoms in contemporary medical practice  The American Journal of Bioethics
  • Stone L 2018 Disease prestige and the hierarchy of suffering Medical Journal of Australia 208 (2): 60-62
  • Stone L Douglas KA, Mitchell I and Raphael B 2015 Sexual abuse of doctors by doctors: professionalism, complexity and the potential for healing. Medical Journal of Australia 203(4):170-1 
  • Stone L 2015 Managing medically unexplained illness in general practice Australian Family Physician 44(9):624-629 
  • Stone L, Gordon J 2014 Learning to provide patient-centered care with patients with medically unexplained symptoms: a grounded theory study in Australian general practice.  The International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine 4(2) 173-179.
  • Stone L. 2014 Managing the consultation with patients with medically unexplained symptoms: a grounded theory study of supervisors and registrars in general practice. BMC Family Practice. 15:192 
  • Stone L. 2014 Blame, shame and hopelessness: medically unexplained symptoms and the "heartsink" experience. Australian Family Physician. 43 (4) 191-195
  • Stone L. 2014 Mixed emotional and physical symptoms in general practice: what diagnoses do GPs use to describe them? Primary Health Care Research & Development. 16 (2), 207-214.
  • Stone L. 2013 Making sense of medically unexplained symptoms in general practice: a grounded theory study. Mental Health in Family Medicine. 10(2):101-11.
  • Stone L. 2013 Reframing chaos: A qualitative study of GPs managing patients with medically unexplained symptoms. Australian Family Physician. 42(7):1-7.
  • Stone L and Gordon J. 2013 A is for aphorism: 'Wherever the art of medicine is loved there is also a love of humanity'. Australian Family Physician 42 (11) 824-825.
  • Stone L 2012 Being botanist and a gardener: using diagnostic frameworks in general practice patients with medically unexplained symptoms  Australian Journal of Primary Health Care 19, 90-97
  • Stone L 2012 On botany and gardening: diagnosis and uncertainty in the GP consultation. Australian Family Physician 41(10) 796-798
  • Stone L 2011 Explaining the unexplainable: Crafting explanatory frameworks for medically    unexplained symptoms Australian Family Physician 40 (6) 440-444
  • Stone L 2008 Aches, pains and osteoarthritis Australian Family Physician 37, (11) 911-917
  • Stone L 2008 Reasoning for registrars – an overview for supervisors and medical educators Australian Family Physician 37 (8) 650-653
  • Stone L and Clarke D 2007 Somatising disorders - Untangling the pathology Australian Family Physician 36 (4) 193-288
  • Clarke D and Stone L 2007 Adjusting to illness and other major life events - How can GPs help? Australian Family Physician 36 (4) 193-288
  • Stone L 2006 Navigating through the swampy lowlands: Dealing with the patient when the diagnosis is unclear Australian Family Physician 35 (12) 991-993


  • Stone L and Hooker C 2017 What does it mean when the doctor says there’s “nothing wrong”? in Farkas C (Ed) Psychosomatic illness in popular culture. Routledge, Abingdon Oxfordshire
  • McDermott F, Huggert D, Blashki G, Stone L, Epstein M et al 2012 The active participants in mental health services in Meadows G, Farhall, J Fossey E, Grigg, M McDermott, Singh, B (Eds) Mental health in Australia. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

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