Professor Kirsty Douglas has commenced as Professor of General Practice in the Medical School and Director, Academic Unit of General Practice, ACT Health. Kirsty is a GP and primary care academic who has been based in the ACT for the last 20 years. She completed her basic medical training at the University of Adelaide and then became a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University where she completed her MD thesis. On return to Australia in 1993 she completed her specialist medical training in general practice in the ACT. In her academic role she has worked at the University of Sydney Canberra Clinical School, the Australian National University Medical School and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute.
Professor Douglas is currently an executive member of the Australian Association of Academic Primary Health Care, a Board member of ACT Medicare Local, and serves on the Commonwealth Medical Services Advisory Committee.
In 2011 she returned to the ANU Medical School where her generalist clinical skills, medical education background and flexibility have been utilised in a number of positions including Acting Associate Dean Medical Education and Acting Associate Dean Teaching and Learning Phase 2 (the clinical years) in the Medical School program.
Professor Douglas is passionate about the value of general practice and the role of primary care in high quality and sustainable health care systems, about training the next generation of health care professionals, and about her family and community.