Our team

Professor Parker Magin

Director Research and Evaluation Unit

In addition to being the Director of the Research and Evaluation Unit, Professor Magin is also Conjoint Professor, Discipline of General Practice, University of Newcastle. He is a member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Research. He has been an NHMRC Medical Postgraduate Scholar 2003-2006 and a member of the 2007 cohort of the International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme, University of Oxford, 2007-present. His main research interests are in-consultation clinical and educational experiences of GP registrars, primary care management of transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke, and medicines use in the elderly (especially medicines with anti-cholinergic and psychotropic properties).

Dr Linda Klein

Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation

Linda is responsible for the evaluation of educational activities at GP Synergy and works closely with the research team on various research projects. Linda has broad research experience in health and health-related fields, complemented by a BSc in psychology, MSc in psychopharmacology and PhD in public health. She is particularly interested in the methodological challenges of applied field research. For evaluation, her focus is on participatory processes and collaborative relationships to ensure the needs of all GP Synergy stakeholders are met.  Her purpose is to make evaluation practical, sustainable and informative of program development.

Dr Alison Fielding

Research Manager

Alison co-ordinates a variety of research and quality improvement projects that aim to inform and enhance GP Synergy’s Educational Program. Alison is passionate about health research and contributing to quality primary health care delivery within Australia. She has completed a PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons). Alison’s previous experience includes managing health promotion research in the early childhood setting and evaluating primary care chronic disease management programs. She also has experience in dietetic research and practice in weight loss surgery, and is a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Andrew Davey

Senior Researcher

Andrew is a former computer programmer who liked talking to people too much and retrained as a GP. He works as a GP in Newcastle four days a week but has been given time off for good behaviour and is able to spend Tuesdays working as a researcher on the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project. Andrew’s research interests include registrar education, he is also interested in transient ischaemic attack and stroke. He spent two years as an academic registrar during his GP training and has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Amanda Tapley

Senior Research Officer and Statistician

Amanda is a senior research officer and statistician, working mainly on the ReCEnT project. Amanda also works on several other research and evaluation projects that relate to GP Synergy’s Educational Program, including looking at exam predictors, registrar allocation and workshop evaluation. She has seven years research experience working on projects in areas including: physical activity; nutrition and human physiology; prostate cancer treatment (clinical trial); and general practice training education. Amanda has completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) and a Master of Medical Statistics at the University of Newcastle.

Racheal Norris

Senior Evaluations Officer

Racheal is involved in the collection and reporting of feedback from GP registrar and supervisor development workshops. Racheal also contributes to the ongoing development of a broader education program evaluation framework and is involved in a number of evaluation research projects. Racheal has a strong background in evaluation of mental health professional development seminars and a keen interest in program evaluation and population health research.

Ian McGee

Research Database Administrator and Software Developer

Ian works on the ReCEnT project, as well as for the Evaluations Unit. His main roles in ReCEnT are to develop and maintain the online data entry portal (ROnDA), SQL Server DBA, design and build crystal reports for ReCEnT and practice feedback reports. For the Evaluations Unit Ian produces databases and reports that relate to GP Synergy’s Educational Program. Ian has a Bachelor of Information Technology, and outside of work he develops websites.

Katie Mulquiney

Senior Research Assistant

Katie is working specifically on the ReCEnT project. Katie began working with the ReCEnT team in 2014 after completing a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) at the University of Newcastle. Katie has a keen interest in health research and her responsibilities include assisting with bi-annual ReCEnT data collection, conducting data analyses and contributing to writing and proofing papers.

Anna Ralston

Senior Research Assistant

Anna began working with the unit in 2018 after previously being employed as a data coder on the ReCEnT project. Her role in the unit is varied, working on the ReCEnT project, grant projects, general research projects and evaluations tasks. Anna holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Newcastle and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology.

Dominica Moad

Senior Research Assistant

Dominica began working with the unit in 2017 after completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle. She also has a Bachelor of Social Work, and has previously worked with a number of population groups within NSW Health. Dominica has a strong interest in health research, as well as the areas of mental health, chronic disease, and healthy ageing.  Her responsibilities include data collection and analyses, and contributing to writing and proofing papers.

Irena Patsan

Senior Research Assistant

Irena works on education, research and grant writing with the ReCEnT project and general research projects. She has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons), and has previously worked as a data coder for General Practice Training Valley to Coast and as a Research Assistant for the University of Newcastle. Irena also has experience as a Food Security Project Officer working with vulnerable communities. She has a keen interest in community and public health nutrition, health promotion, prevention and management of chronic disease, and health research.

Stephanie Thomas

Evaluations Officer

Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience in communications, working mostly for non-profit, community-based organisations, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Master of Applied Anthropology. She has a strong interest in applied research and contributing to initiatives that help create just, equitable and sustainable outcomes for people and the environment. She believes in the capacity of qualitative research, particularly ethnography, to gain a deep understanding of people and issues; to explore complexity and unearth rich, nuanced insights; and to support communities to improve their social and health outcomes.

Alexandria Turner

Research Assistant

Alexandria is a Research Assistant within the Research and Evaluation Unit of GP Synergy based in Newcastle. Alexandria works on the ReCEnT project and other general research projects. Alexandria holds a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons I) and is currently completing a PhD in Food Science at the University of Newcastle.

Ben Mundy

Research Assistant

Ben is a Research Assistant at GP Synergy currently working on the ERG-CTV project. Ben began working at GP Synergy in 2020 after completing his Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2019 at the University of Newcastle.

Jordan Tait

Research Assistant

Jordan is a Research Assistant with the NSW & ACT Research and Evaluation Unit of GP Synergy. Specifically, Jordan is working on the ReCEnT project which examines the clinical encounters of GP registrars. Jordan began working with the ReCEnT team in 2021 after completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and working previously as part of a quality improvement initiative for smoking cessation care in oncology practices.