Professor Kirsty Douglas

MBBS, DipRACOG, MD, FRACGP
Director, Academic Unit of General Practice, ACT Health
Professor - General Practice, ANU Medical School
(PA - Brigid Cassells E: brigid.cassells@anu.edu.au)

Professor Kirsty Douglas is a GP clinical academic who is passionate about the value of general practice and primary care in a sustainable, equitable and high-quality health care system She is committed to training the next generation of health care workforce with a understanding of patient centred care.

Prof Douglas holds several concurrent roles combining policy work, primary health care health services research, medical education, and clinical work in general practice. She is Professor and head of department of General Practice at the ANU. She is Director of ACT Health Directorates Academic Unit of General Practice which involves policy advice in primary care and managing several ACTHD programs.

Prof Douglas's research has been on policy relevant primary health care topics including medical workforce, models of afterhours primary care, the role of GPs in natural disasters and improvement of a CVR screening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. She has worked closely at implementation of research evidence with the Commonwealth and ACT Health Departments.

Within the ANU Prof Douglas has held teaching, research, and management roles over the last 18 years including time as Deputy director of the ANU Medical School and Acting Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute. Her teaching encompasses public health, evidence based medicine, communication skills and general practice. Her clinical work is currently at Interchange Health Cooperative serving disadvantaged urban population focussing on drug addiction and complex mental health. Her clinical career has included private suburban general practice, an ACCHO, and rural and remote locums

Specialisation

  • General Practice

Research interests

  • Primary Health Care
  • Public Health And Health Services
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Health And Community Services
  • Family Care

Peer reviewed grants last 5 years

$58,000 Canberra Hospital Private Practice Fund 2015. Enhancing quality and safety through guidelines in chronic disease management. Kirsty Douglas, Christine Phillips, Sally Hall,

$49,980. Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Foundation Grant Cat A funding. 2014. An implementation pilot study of “The Change Program” a GP delivered weight loss program for adults in primary care.  Elizabeth Sturgiss, Kirsty Douglas, Sonia Res, Duncan McKinnon

$50,000. Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Foundation Grant Cat A funding. 2014. Experiencing integration; a pilot study of consumer and provider experiences of integrated primary health care. Michelle Bamfield, Paresh Dawda, Darlene Cox, Ian McCrae, Kirsty Douglas.

$150,000.  Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Cat A funding 2014. Integration in Primary Health Care: Organisational Process or Patient Outcome or Both? Lessons from the first generation of integrated primary health care centres.  Kirsty Douglas, Sally Hall, Christine Phillips  Marianne Bookallil.

$19,893.  RACGP/Independent Practitioner Network Pty Ltd (IPN) Research Grant. 2013. Treating adult obesity in general practice: – developing a weight management strategy for general practitioners. Elizabeth Sturgess, Kirsty Douglas Alexander Stevenson.

$387,140.  NHMRC 2011 Partnership Project. Application no 1036858 Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations – CIA Louisa Jorm, KA Douglas CIE.

  • Butler, D, Agostino, J, Paige, E et al. 2022, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks: sociodemographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
  • Barnes, K, Agostino, J, Ceramidas, D et al. 2022, 'After-hours presentations to community-based primary care in the Australian Capital Territory', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. Published 17 March 2022 (online), pp. A-G.
  • Chhabra, M, Perriman, D, Phillips, C et al. 2022, 'Understanding factors affecting 30-day unplanned readmissions for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA): the ACT Transition from Hospital to Home Orthopaedics Survey', BMJ Open, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 1 - 8.
  • O'Brien, K, Agostino, J, Ciszek, K et al. 2022, 'Parents' perceptions of their child's weight in children in their first year of primary school: a mixed methods analysis of an Australian cross-sectional (complete enumeration) study', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 46, pp. 992-1001.
  • Dossetor, P, Fitzpatrick, E, Glass, K et al. 2021, 'Emergency Department Presentations by Children in Remote Australia: A Population-based Study', Global Pediatric Health, vol. 8, pp. 1-11.
  • Douglas, K, O'Brien, K, Hall, S et al. 2021, 'Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia), series 5-8', Annals of Family Medicine, vol. COVID-19 Collection.
  • Douglas, K, O'Brien, K, Hall, S et al. 2021, 'Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia), series 9-13', Annals of Family Medicine, vol. COVID-19 Collection.
  • Hunik, L, Galvin, S, Olde Hartman, T et al. 2021, 'Exploring the psychometric properties of the Working Alliance Inventory in general practice: a cross-sectional study', BJGP Open , vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
  • Sturgiss , E, O'Brien, K, Elmitt, N et al. 2021, 'Obesity management in primary care: systematic review exploring the influence of therapeutic alliance', Family Practice, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 644-653.
  • Douglas, K, Hall, S, O'Brien, K et al. 2021, 'Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia), series 1-4', Annals of Family Medicine.
  • Hsu, B, Korda, R, Jorm, L et al. 2021, 'Use of health and aged care services in Australia following hospital admission for myocardial infarction, stroke or heart failure', BMC geriatrics, vol. 21, no. 1.
  • O'Brien, K, Agostino, J, Ciszek, K et al 2020, 'Physical activity and risk of behavioural and mental health disorders in kindergarten children: analysis of a series of cross-sectional complete enumeration (census) surveys', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1-9.
  • Stone, L, Phillips, C & Douglas, K 2020, 'With the best will in the world: How benevolent sexism shapes medical careers', Medical Education, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 94-97.
  • Martin, S, Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K et al. 2020, 'Hidden curriculum within nutrition education in medical schools ', BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 18-23.
  • Fitzgerald, X, Herceg, A, Douglas, K et al. 2020, 'Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in an Aboriginal community-controlled health service: Comparing algorithms', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 281-286.
  • Vinjerui, K, Bjorngaard , J, Krokstad, S et al. 2020, 'Socioeconomic Position, Multimorbidity and Mortality in a Population Cohort: The HUNT Study', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 1-13.
  • Hestmann Vinjerui, K, Bjerkeset, O, Bjorngaard, J et al. 2020, 'Socioeconomic inequalities in the prevalence of complex multimorbidity in a Norwegian population: findings from the cross-sectional HUNT Study', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 1136.
  • Hestmann Vinjerui, K, Douglas, K, Boeckxstaens, P et al. 2020, 'Prevalence of multimorbidity with frailty and associations with socioeconomic position in an adult population: Findings from the cross-sectional HUNT Study in Norway', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 6.
  • Zhou, M, Desborough, J, Parkinson, A et al 2019, 'Barriers to pharmacist prescribing: a scoping review comparing the UK, New Zealand, Canadian and Australian experiences', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 479-489.
  • Burns, P, Douglas, K & Hu, W 2019, 'Primary care in disasters: opportunity to address a hidden burden of health care', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 210, no. 7, pp. 297-299.
  • Sturgiss, E, Rieger, E, Haesler, E et al 2019, 'Adaption and validation of the Working Alliance Inventory for General Practice: qualitative review and cross-sectional surveys', Family Practice, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 516-522.
  • Sturgiss, E, Tait, P, Douglas, K et al 2019, 'GPs at the Deep End: Identifying and addressing social disadvantage wherever it lies', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 48, no. 11, pp. 811-813.
  • Stone, L, Phillips, C & Douglas, K 2019, 'Sexual assault and harassment of doctors, by doctors: a qualitative study', Medical Education, vol. 53, no. 8, pp. 833-843.
  • Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Haesler, E et al 2018, 'Role of the family doctor in the management of adults with obesity: a scoping review', BMJ Open, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-29.
  • Tran, B, Straka, P, Falster, M et al 2018, 'Overcoming the data drought: exploring general practice in Australia by network analysis of big data', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 209, no. 2, pp. 68-73.
  • Sturgiss, E, Madigan, C, Klein, D et al 2018, 'Metabolic syndrome and weight management programs in primary care: a comparison of three international healthcare systems', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 372-377.
  • Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Agostino, J et al 2018, 'The influence of therapeutic alliance on adult obesity interventions in primary care: A systematic review protocol', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 47, no. 9, pp. 646-649.
  • Banfield, M, Jowsey, T, Parkinson, A et al 2017, 'Experiencing integration: a qualitative pilot study of consumer and provider experiences of integrated primary health care in Australia', BMC Family Practice Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 1-12.
  • Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Haesler, E et al 2017, 'Feasibility and acceptability of a physician-delivered weight management programme', Family Practice, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 43-48pp.
  • Sturgiss, E, Haesler, E, Elmitt, N et al 2017, 'Obesity management in primary care', Lancet, The (UK edition), vol. 389, no. 10079, pp. 1605-1605.
  • Burns, P, Douglas, K, Raphael, B et al. 2017, 'When Disaster Strikes what is the Role of the Local Primary Healthcare Doctor?', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 32, no. Supplement 1 , pp. 70-71.
  • Sturgiss, E, Haesler, E, Elmitt, N et al 2017, 'Increasing general practitioners' confidence and self-efficacy in managing obesity: a mixed methods study', BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. e014314-e014314.
  • Phillips, C, Hall, S, Elmitt, N et al 2017, 'People-centred integration in a refugee primary care service: a complex adaptive systems perspective', Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 26-38.
  • Sturgiss, E, Sargent, G, Haesler, E et al 2016, 'Therapeutic alliance and obesity management in primary care - a cross-sectional pilot using the Working Alliance Inventory', Clinical Obesity, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 376-379pp.
  • Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K, Kathage, R et al 2016, 'A synthesis of selected national Australian guidelines on the general practice management of adult patients who are overweight or obese', Australian Family Physician, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 327-331pp.
  • Sturgiss, E, Van Weel, C, Ball, L et al 2016, 'Obesity management in Australian primary care: Where has the general practitioner gone?', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 473-476.
  • Sturgiss, E & Douglas, K 2016, 'A collaborative process for developing a weight management toolkit for general practitioners in Australia-an intervention development study using the Knowledge To Action framework', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 2, no. 20, pp. 1-8.
  • Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K, Kathage, R et al 2016, 'A synthesis of selected national Australian guidelines on the general practice management of adult patients who are overweight or obese extc1', Australian Family Physician, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 327-331pp.
  • Stone, L, Douglas, K, Mitchell, I et al 2015, 'SEXUAL ABUSE OF DOCTORS BY DOCTORS PROFESSIONALISM COMPLEXITY AND THE POTENTIAL FOR HEALING', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 203, no. 4, pp. 170-171.
  • Parkinson, A, Jorm, L, Douglas, K et al 2015, 'Recruiting general practitioners for surveys: reflections on the difficulties and some lessons learned', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 254-258.
  • Tran, B, Falster, M, Douglas, K et al 2015, 'Smoking and potentially preventable hospitalisation: The benefit of smoking cessation in older ages', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 150, pp. 85-91.
  • Falster, M, Jorm, L, Douglas, K et al 2015, 'Sociodemographic and Health Characteristics, Rather Than Primary Care Supply, are Major Drivers of Geographic Variation in Preventable Hospitalizations in Australia', Medical Care, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 436-445.
  • Dorrington, M, Herceg, A, Douglas, K et al 2015, 'Increasing Pap smear rates at an urban Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service through translational research and continuous quality improvement', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 417-422.
  • Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K & Trumble, S 2015, 'Pharmaceutical sales strategies and sponsorship', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 202, no. 3, pp. 131-131.
  • Sturgiss, E, Elmitt, N, Van Weel, C et al 2015, 'The role of the family doctor in the management of adults who are obese: a scoping review protocol', SpringerPlus, vol. 4, no. 820, pp. 1-5.
  • Tran, B, Falster, M, Douglas, K et al 2014, 'Health behaviours and potentially preventable hospitalisation: A prospective study of older Australian adults', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 9, no. 4, pp. e93111-e93111.
  • Bagheri, N, McRae, I, Konings, P et al 2014, 'Undiagnosed diabetes from cross-sectional GP practice data: An approach to identify communities with high likelihood of undiagnosed diabetes', BMJ Open, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. e005305-e005305.
  • Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K, Res, S et al 2014, 'Comparison and synthesis of current Australian guidelines on the management of obese adult patients in General Practice', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, vol. 8, p. 97.
  • Sturgiss, E, Douglas, K, Res, S et al 2014, 'Treating overweight and obese adults in General Practice - A systematic review', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, vol. 8, pp. 97-98.
  • Jowsey, T, Pearce-Brown, C, Douglas, K et al 2014, 'What motivates Australian health service users with chronic illness to engage in self-management behaviour', Health Expectations, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 267-277.
  • Hickie, M, Douglas, K & Ciszek, K 2013, 'The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Indigenous kindergarten children A cross sectional population based study', Australian Family Physician, vol. 42, no. 7, pp. 497-500.
  • Appleton, S, Neo, C, Hill, C et al 2013, 'Untreated hypertension: Prevalence and patient factors and beliefs associated with under-treatment in a population sample', Journal of Human Hypertension, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 453-462.
  • Jorm, L, Leyland, A, Blyth, F et al 2012, 'Assessing Preventable Hospitalisation InDicators (APHID): Protocol for a data-linkage study using cohort study and administrative data', BMJ Open, vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 1-8.
  • Douglas,KA,Yen, L, Korda,RJ, Kljakovic, M, and Glasgow, NJ 2011. 'Chronic disease management items in general practice: a population-based study of variation in claims by claimant characteristics.' Med J Aust; 195 (4): 198-202.
  • Douglas, K, Butler, D, Humphreys, J et al 2010, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Submission in Response to the Medicare Locals Discussion paper on Governance and Functions.
  • Douglas, K, Rayner, F, Yen, L et al 2009, 'Australia's primary health care workforce - research informing policy', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 191, no. 2, pp. 81-84.
  • Douglas, K 2009, 'GP Workforce Research in the ACT: "Linkage and Exchange" in Practice', General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference, Primary Health Care Research and Information Services, Adelaide.
  • Friel, S, Douglas, K, Banwell, C et al. 2005, 'Multilevel obesity surveillance', Obesity Reviews, vol. 6, no. S1, p. 79.

Research Supervision

Ms Sally Hall – Developing an ecological theory of variation in health care (completed)

Dr Penny Burns – GP and the health consequences of Disasters (completed)  

Ms Phillipa Dossetor – Health Service Use and Needs of Children in the Remote Fitzroy Valley (completed)  

Dr Kristin Hestmann Vinjerui – Socioeconomic inequity in utilisation of specialist services (completed)

Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss – GP led Management of Obesity (completed)

Academic Registrar Supervision

Dr Melinda Choy - Narrative review: Digital health tools in vulnerable populations: a narrative review of the patient experience

Dr Lewis Ryan - The effect of models of primary care on the quality of referrals to specialists (completed)

Dr Stephen Martin – Nutrition education in a post graduate medical curriculum (completed)

Dr Niral Shah – Teaching medical students and GP Supervisors Clinical Audit (completed)