Dr Muriel Soden was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Academic Co-ordinator of MBBS5 in 2012. She is actively involved in teaching of Medical and Physician Assistant students.She has a lead role in curriculum development and delivery in Medicine and across Disciplines in MBBS5. She teaches across campuses in North Queensland and The Northern Territory.

She is a practicing Rheumatologist with established research expertise in basic synovial immunopathology. Current areas of research interest include Myositis, Vasculitis,Gout, Health Care Delivery and Arboviral diseases.

She has a passion for delivery of expert care to regional and remote areas - being involved in Clinical Rheumatology service delivery across North Queensland.

At a national level she is Chair of the Australian Rheumatology Accociation Therapeutic Committee.



  • 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)
  • Representing the Remote/Rural perspective within the wider body of Physicians. Both by my impact on learning for Advanced Trainees who rotate through our Hospital and by acting on National bodies such as ARA.
  • Ongoing contribution to Education and Research in Rheumatology in Queensland and Nationally. Achieved through research/training projects, monthly engagement in Qld ARA meetings and yearly ARA AGM participation.
  • Myositis : autoimmune, drug induced and malignancy association.
  • Gout : management, improving compliance and improving outcomes.
  • Giant cell arteritis: better diagnostic algorithms; avoiding harm.
  • Rheumatology in hospital referrals: streamlining care; assessing impact on outpatient wait lists; teaching our Advanced Trainees.
  • Corticosteroid use in Rheumatology: assessing local levels of use and management of co-morbidities and side effects. Comparing to best standards of care globally.
  • SLE and RHD: the overlap and similarities. Looking towards basic research of neutrophil function in these conditions.
  • Assessing alternatives modes of service delivery to achieve reduced wait list times e.g. through Physiotherapy led Category 3 clinics.
  • Development of Student based formulary for JCU Medical Students.
  • Refining methods of curriculum delivery.
  • Development of enhanced online learning tools - both for first time subject introduction and for revision.
  • Development of Professional Portfolio support which is student user friendly and assists with assessment of learning.
  • 2012 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD)
  • 2012 to present - Director of Rheumatology, The Townsville Hospital (Townsville, QLD)
  • 1994 to 2012 - Consultant Rheumatologist, The Bon Secours Hosptial (Tralee, Ireland)
  • 1994 to 1998 - Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland (Townsville, QLD)
  • 1993 to 1994 - Staff Physician, The Wimmera Base Hospital (Horsham, VIC)
  • 1990 to 1992 - Staff Physician, TheQueen Elizabeth Hospital (Adelaide, SA)
  • 1988 to 1990 - Lecturer, Flinders University (Adelaide, SA)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Lecturer, National University of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
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  • 1982 - Bronze Medal and Second Prize for Paediatrics.
  • 1982 - Bronze Medal and Second Prize for Medicine and Surgery.
  • 1982 - Biology Society Prize for Clinical Case Presentation.
  • 1982 - Reuben-Harvey Award for highest aggregate marks in Final Professional Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics.
  • 1981 - H. MacNaughton Jones Gold Medal and First Prize for Obstetrics.
  • 1981 - Silver Medal and First Prize for Psychiatry.
  • 1991 - Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
  • 1998 - Irish Society for Rheumatology
  • 1987 - British Society for Rheumatology.
  • 1986 - Irish Association of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.
  • 1985 - Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
  • 1997 - MD conferred

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