Dr Emma Anderson is a research fellow with JCU-GP Training and the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University.

Emma was awarded her PhD in 2020 from James Cook University. Her research focused on the social construction of rural ageing in north Queensland with an emphasis on planning for/consideration of future health care needs for which she recieved the Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. Emma currently lectures in the social context of ageing in MBBS1.

Prior this she has worked in Clinical Governance, Research Governance and Research Management both in Australia and the UK.



  • HS5102: Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5405: Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5406: Strategies for Clinical Teaching (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5409: Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5410: Health Professional Education using Action Research (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS6405: Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education (Level 6; TSV)
  • HS7410: Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education (Level 7; TSV)
  • HS7411: Leadership in Health Professional Education (Level 7; TSV)
  • HS7500: Research Project 1 (Level 7; TSV)
  • HS7501: Research Project 2 (Level 7; TSV)
  • MD1020: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD3011: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD6010: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6020: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6030: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
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University of Queensland - Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Growing a female rural generalist workforce.

Indicative Funding
$149,023 over 1 year
This project will address ACRRM?s commitment to growing a future generalists? workforce, that must remain inclusive of the increasing proportion of medical graduates who are female. It will do this by identifying barriers and enablers to train and retain rural generalist women for access to high quality healthcare distributed communities. There are a range of building blocks which constitute training and employment conditions; being part of structured training like the QRGP or not, working in a fully salaried position or not and all the levels of nuance that build positive training and workplace culture for women. This project will build on existing research partnerships with JCU GP training, James Cook University and the University of Queensland drawing on existing experience and relationships formed which will in turn build research capacity and keep existing momentum.
Lawrie McArthur, Louise Young, Matthew McGrail, Belinda O'Sullivan and Emma Anderson in collaboration with Aaron Hollins and Tiarna Gurney (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Queensland and GP Supervisors Australia)
Medical Education; Workforce; Female

University of Queensland - Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Exploration of cultural safety training and culturally safe practices by GP registrars when consulting with Indigenous patients.

Indicative Funding
$142,223 over 1 year
Developing a culturally safe workforce has been a long-held and enacted priority of JCU and JCU GP training to improve the health of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. JCU GP training program is committed to the national priority of closing the gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. As such, JCU GP training deeply embeds the ACRRM Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander core curriculum across all elements of training and workplace learning. This project aims to explore the impact of the JCU GP syllabus on the development of cultural safety. This includes examining registrars ongoing critical reflection of knowledge, skills, attitudes, practicing behaviours and power differentials in delivering safe, accessible, and responsive healthcare free of racism. Outcomes of the study will inform syllabus review and development, and further strengthening of current, positively contributing elements. Furthermore, this project will contribute to a larger project on ?How can cultural safety, as determined by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, be assessed amongst GP trainees??
Lawrie McArthur, Kay Brumpton and Emma Anderson in collaboration with Rebecca Evans and Tarun Sen Gupta (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Medical Education; Workforce; Female

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - Educational Research Grant

Becoming a general practitioner/rural generalist supervisor: registrars? and new fellows? perceptions of the incentives, enablers and barriers.

Indicative Funding
$13,918 over 1 year
The apprenticeship model of learning, which involves a GP supervisor mentoring and teaching registrars whilst ensuring patient and registrar safety, is the foundation of General Practice training in Australia. The need for GP supervisors is increasing due to an expansion of medical graduates and general practice training positions, the trend in medical education towards workplace-based learning, and targeted Australian Government policies aiming to grow and better distribute the general practice workforce. Moreover, a large proportion of existing experienced GP supervisors are approaching retirement age. An adequate supply of GP Supervisors is fundamental to recruiting and retaining GPs in a practice (particularly in smaller and remote communities) and is a critical component of a high-quality primary health care workforce. Recruitment and retention of GP supervisors is a challenge experienced by all Regional Training Organisations (RTOs), especially in rural and remote areas. RTOs currently adopt a range of strategies to support the recruitment and retention of GP Supervisors (refer also to environmental scan) however it is unknown whether these strategies or other strategies are seen as incentives or enablers to the group of GPs who will become future supervisors.
Lawrie McArthur, Emma Anderson and Paula Heggarty (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Medical Education; General Practitioners

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - Educational Research Grant

Exploring GP medical educator and trainee perceptions of benefits, challenges and enablers to on-line and face to face teaching and learning in vocational GP training

Indicative Funding
$19,500 over 2 years (administered by General Practice Training Queensland)
With the COVID pandemic, the choice of face-to-face (FTF) teaching has been severely restricted, and previous reluctance to use alternative online (OL) modalities, is no longer an option. The teaching and learning processes used in our GP training programs have had to change to adapt. This necessity-driven change will of course alter the teaching and learning experiences of trainers and trainees resulting in both positive and negatives experiences for those involved. Utilising focus groups and in-depth interviews, our aim is to explore and understand the experiences of Medical Educators (MEs) and General Practice (GP) trainees, with OL and FTF teaching and learning in the changing GP vocational training environment to identify and understand the benefits, challenges and enablers to both the delivery of, and learning via FTF and OL teaching. Findings will support the development of effective and appropriate blended educational modalities by Regional Training Organisations (RTOs).
Peta-Ann Teague, Lawrie McArthur and Emma Anderson (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Medical education; General practitioners

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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.

  • Navigating Latter Life better - Ageing and Dying 'Well' in Rural and Remote Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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