Professor Richard Murray has a career focused on the healthcare needs of underserved populations, in rural medicine, Aboriginal health, tropical health and socially accountable health professional education. A medical practitioner with qualifications in rural general practice and public health, he is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) and formerly Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry. Professor Murray has a national and international profile in medical education and in rural health and medicine and has held a range of senior leadership positions. He has a record of achievement in shaping Australian health and medical workforce policy. 

In addition to his substantive role at JCU, Professor Murray is the President and Chair of the board of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc., the peak organisation for the 23 accredited medical schools across the two countries. He is also a Ministerially appointed Director on the board of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service, the Chair of the board of JCU Health Pty Ltd and a member of the Council of the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Professor Murray is also a member of the Medical Workforce Reform Advisory Committee that advises Commonwealth, state and territory health ministers on medical workforce reform priorities.

Past professional leadership roles include an extended term as President and Chair of the board of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Chair of the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME), the peak forum for Rural Clinical Schools.

Prior to joining JCU as Planning Director of the Rural Clinical School in 2005, Professor Murray spent 14 years in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, a position in which he had broad clinical, population health, teaching, research and medical leadership and management roles.

  • MD1020: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD4011: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD4012: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • MD4013: Integrated Pathology and Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2001 to 2002 - Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University
  • 1994 - Certificate in Health Economics, Monash University
  • 1991 - Diploma of Obstetrics, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • 1983 to 1987 - MBBS, University of Melbourne
  • 1999 to 2013 - Fellow, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • 1993 to 2013 - Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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Department of Health and Ageing - Education and Research Grant

Exploring the educational and program impact of strategies to increase high quality GP registrar supervision and training in underserved communities in north-western Queensland

Indicative Funding
$154,000 over 1 year (administered by Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine)
This project builds on the previously funded ACRRM ERG - to develop a general practice workforce that is aligned with population health needs and optimising workforce sustainability and training in rural and remote areas. The first project identified underserved communities where GP registrar training capacity could be better targeted by strategically establishing registrar training posts in underserved communities. New training posts have been established or are in development in the underserved areas identified by the first project. This new project will evaluate these new training posts; measuring the educational impact of training in underserved areas and the impact of training posts on local communities.
Richard Murray in collaboration with Carole Reeve, Louise Young, Lee Gasser, Bunmi Malau-Aduli, Richard Hays and Tarun Sen Gupta (College of Medicine & Dentistry and JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health)
Medical Education and workforce

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