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 Andrew Davey
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.
Kim is the Project Manager for the ReCEnT project, and has been working on the project since it commenced in 2009. During this time Kim has also co-ordinated two research projects investigating the core procedural skills performed by GP supervisors. Kim has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Health Social Science. She has a background as a registered nurse, working primarily in the aged care sector, and has worked on health research projects in various roles for over 20 years.
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.
Katie is a research assistant 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.
Debbie is a research assistant with the NSW & ACT Research and Evaluation unit of GP Synergy based in the Newcastle office. Debbie works on research with the Registrar Clinical Encounters (ReCEnT) project. She has a Bachelor of Nursing and has extensive experience in clinical trials with Hunter New England Local Health District as well as in project management with the University of Newcastle. She has a special interest in stroke management and prevention, primary health care and health research.
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.
Dr Alison Fielding
Research Project 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.
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.
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 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.
Dr Rachel Turner
Rachel joins the ReCEnT study team under the supervision of Professor Parker Magin as an academic GP registrar for 2018. She is also involved in the teaching of medical students at the University of Newcastle. Rachel completed a BSc (Hons) in Experimental Psychology, before going on to obtain her medical degree from UCL Medical School in London. Rachel moved to Australia in 2014 to undertake training as a GP. Her interests include women’s and children’s health and she holds a Diploma of Sexual & Reproductive Health from the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in UK, and a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney. Rachel’s particular research interest is in the field of contraception. She is currently conducting research on the barriers associated with GP registrar’s prescribing of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC).