About

Dr Clare Heal is  Professor (Promotional Chair) in the department of  General Practice and Rural Medicine at James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry Rural Clinical School in Mackay, Queensland.

Over the past ten years she has been principle investigator, or supervising co-investigator of seven successful practice based randomised controlled trials investigating the management of skin cancer surgery. The results of these trials have been published in high impact medical journals, such as the British Medical Journal.  In 2016 her study comparing sterile to clean boxed gloves was named one of the top 20 top international studies for Primary Care Physicians.She was awarded the AAAGP award for best research in Primary Care in 2015, and the RACGP Peter Mudge Medal for best research in General Practice in 2016. She is principle author of a Cochrane review on topical antibiotic prophylaxis was published in November 2016.

She continues to be active in clinical and academic general practice. She is a member of the editorial advisory group for the British Medical Journal, and the RACGP National Research Committee. She is a member of the NHMRC project grant review panel.

She currently supervises four honours students and two PhD students and has had fourteen successful honours completions, and one PhD completion. She has published more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles.

In addition to her research activities, she is chair of the Year five assessment and co-ordinator of general practice for James Cook University.  She is a member of an expert exam item-writing panel for the Australian Medical Council and is co-chair of ACCLAIM, a national exam writing collaboration.  

Teaching
  • MD5010: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5020: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5030: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2015 - AAAPC Distinguished paper chosen for international presentation at NAPCRG
  • 2014 - Best paper and audience choice awards RACGP Queensland annual meeting
  • 2012 - Peter Mudge Medal, Best Research in General Practice presentation, RACGP annual scientific meeting
  • 2011 - Senior author, annual best paper, Australian Family Physician
Other
  • 2015 to 2018 - Member of Oxford primary care research leadership cohort
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 52+ research outputs authored by Prof Clare Heal from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

The Interest In Ongoing Medical Research

Indicative Funding
$2,956
Summary
Most people perceive that they are clever enough to understand research if they just can get the information. This study aims to clarify if the population in Far North Queensland is interested to know about ongoing medical research in the area. An automated information system will also be trialled.
Investigators
Ronny Gunnarsson, Paul Cullen, Clare Heal and Jennifer Banks (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District)
Keywords
Information services; Research; Television

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - Family Medicine Fellowship

Chlorhexidine for skin antisepis

Indicative Funding
$13,500
Summary
This trial will compare the intervention of alcoholid chlorhexidine for skin antisepsis prior to minor skin excisions with the normal treatment control group of non-alcoholic chlorhexidine. We will be looking at the outcome of surgical site infection.
Investigators
Clare Heal (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
surgical site infection

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - PWH Grieve Memorial Award

Chlorhexidine for skin antisepis

Indicative Funding
$2,500
Summary
This trial will compare the intervention of alcoholid chlorhexidine for skin antisepsis prior to minor skin excisions with the normal treatment control group of non-alcoholic chlorhexidine. We will be looking at the outcome of surgical site infection.
Investigators
Clare Heal (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
surgical site infection
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Is There a Role for L-Arginine Supplementation in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in a North Queensland Community Diabetics Clinic? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Fibrin Glue in Skin Grafts for Skin Cancer (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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