Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss

Academic Unit of General Practice
. . .
PhD Student,
ANU Medical School
Academic Unit of General Practice, Building 4, Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT 2605
 02 6244 2222



FRACGP, FHEA, B.Med, MPH, MForensMed


  • General Practice


Liz works clinically as a GP in Canberra where she has a strong interest in chronic disease management, substance dependence, and mental health. She has been a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners since 2012. In 2014 she became a Founding Fellow of Clinical Forensic Medicine (RCPA).

Liz completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2003. She has since completed a Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales and a Master of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, Victoria. She will complete her PhD at the ANU in 2018 which looks at the management of obesity by general practitioners.

Through her PhD Liz explored the therapeutic alliance in general practice and how it strengthens obesity management. She is continuing to explore this theme and working to adapt a quantitative measure of therapeutic alliance for use in the general practice setting.

Liz has presented her work to national and international academic audiences in both the primary care and obesity field.


Research interests

  • Therapeutic alliance in general practice
  • Obesity care in general practice
  • Nutrition education for medical students
  • Improving outcome measures for general practice


Current supervisor

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