About

Dr Roy Rasalam is passionate about medical education and seeks to develop the new generation of doctors and physician assistants into compassionate health care professionals, high in knowledge, skills and attributes and work ready ; willing to work where the need is greatest and meeting the needs of underserved communities.

Three roles at JCU:

1) Director of Clinical Studies (Medicine); with oversight of all clinical teaching across the teaching campuses.

2) Head, Clinical Skills;  leading a team (the Clinical Skills Unit - CSU) who deliver clinical medicine teaching to students in MBBS, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner and Master Health Professional Education

3) Medical Director; for the Physician Assistant program providing medical input and guidance into this new degree

Roy has a special interest in Diabetes and its complications and is co-author of the Diabetes Australia & RACGP National Guidelines 2016-18. He manages patients at his Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome Clinic. He regularly conducts educational meetings for doctors/HCPs/community on diabetes and cardiovascular medicine.

Teaching
  • HS5409: Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; 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)
  • MD3011: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; 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)
  • MX1010: Introduction to Physician Assistant Studies 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MX1020: Introduction to Physician Assistant Studies 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MX2002: Integrated Physician Assistant Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MX3001: Applied Physician Assistant Studies F/T Part 1 of 3 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3002: Applied Physician Assistant Studies F/T Part 2 of 3 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3003: Applied Physician Assistant Studies F/T Part 3 of 3 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3011: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 1 Part 1 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3012: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 1 Part 2 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3013: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 1 Part 3 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3014: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 1 Part 4 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3015: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 2 Part 1 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3016: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 2 Part 2 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MX3017: Applied Physician Assistant Studies P/T Year 2 Part 3 of 4 (Level 3; TSV)
  • NS5902: Extended Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 2 (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Medical Education: Roy's medical education research commenced in 1997 when he looked into the clinical inertia for doctors in utilising computers as electronic medical records and platforms for writing scripts and ordering pathology/imaging. At JCU, his focus has been on the integration of simulation into undergraduate teaching and the increasingly important role of volunteer simulated patients. The CSU has introduced innovative teaching workshops over the years with accompanying research output.
  • Diabetes: Roy has experience in Phase 2-4 clinical trials in diabetes and cardiovascular medicine. He is an investigator on clinical trials looking at diabetes complications (diabetic foot syndrome). He is a reviewer for NHMRC Project Grants (Diabetes and Lipids) and Diabetes Australia research grant applications.
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2014 - Australian Awards for University Teaching ; National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - ‘The Year 4 Teaching Associate programs provides a safe environment for JCU medical students to gain competence in intimate examinations’
  • 2014 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - ‘The Year 4 Teaching Associate programs provides a safe environment for JCU medical students to gain confidence and competence in undertaking intimate examinations’
  • 2013 - Australian Awards for University Teaching ; National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - Widening participation in medical education: the JCU way
  • 2013 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - ‘The Clinical Skills Unit provides an authentic simulated learning environment for medical students which increases their confidence and technical proficiency in the clinical setting’
Other
  • 2015 - Townsville Hospital and Health Service Research Trust Fund - Detection of Risk factors using Inlow 60 sec diabetic foot screen for Diabetic Foot Ulcer in Indigenous patients on Haemodialysis $10 000 (TREAD group) (Rasalam PI)
  • 2015 - Department of Health (Workforce Development and Innovation) – Simulated Learning Environments Capacity Building – Assets and Staffing. $458 641 (Rasalam Project lead for Medicine, Tanya Langtree and Anne Jones)
  • 2015 - Department of Health (Workforce Development and Innovation) – Simulated Learning Environments Capacity Building – Assets and Staffing. $196 000 (Rasalam Project lead for Medicine, Tanya Langtree and Anne Jones)
  • 2014 - Fernando M, Sangla K, Malabu U, Rasalam R, Blake D, Warnock J, Tan Y M, Vangaveti V, Young D, Joseph A. Research Infrastructure Block Grant, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University for Townville Working Group on Diabetic Foot $17,400
  • 2013 - Health Workforce Australia – Simulated Learning Environments – Assets and Staffing. $1 900 000 (Rasalam Project lead for Medicine, Tanya Langtree and Anne Jones)
  • 2013 - Sangla K, Fernando M, Golledge J, Malabu U, Rasalam R, Vangaveti V. Research Infrastructure Block Grant, College of Medicine, James Cook University for clinical research into diabetic foot ulcers. $28,629
  • 2012 - Regional Diabetes Support Scheme (RDSS) – Detection of Risk factors using Inlow 60 sec diabetic foot screen for Diabetic Foot Ulcer in Indigenous patients on Haemodialysis; a prospective, randomised pilot study. $14 500 (TREAD group) (Rasalam PI)
  • 2012 - Private Practice Research & Education Trust Fund (QH)– Effect of Topical Sodium Thiosulphate on healing of Chronic Foot Ulcers in patients with Diabetic Foot Syndrome: A prospective, randomised, double-blind, RCT $19 600 (TREAD group)(Rasalam PI)
Publications

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Journal Articles
Conference Papers
  • Liaw S, Cairns C and Rasalam R (1997) A computer education and support program for Australian GPs. Proceedings of the National Health Informatics Conference. In: 5th National Health Informatics Conference: managing information for better health outcomes in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, 11-13 August 1997, Sydney, NSW
  • Rasalam R, Liaw S and Cairns C (1997) Petting zoos: leading Australian GPs to computers. Proceedings of the National Health Informatics Conference. In: 5th National Health Informatics Conference: managing information for better health outcomes in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, 11-13 August 1997, Sydney, NSW
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 25+ research outputs authored by Dr Roy Rasalam from 1997 onwards.

Current Funding

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Effects of Galvus (Vildagliptin) on Markers of Inflammation in Diabetic Foot Ulcer: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study

Indicative Funding
$180,000
Summary
Interlukin-6 is an established inflammatory marker that has been shown to be increased in individuals with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). Furthermore, DFU has been referred to as an inflammatory state. Therefore, a reduction in inflammatory markers in this high-risk population is likely to correlate with a corresponding improvement of diabetic foot ulcer healing. We aim to study in this pilot clinical trial the effect of Vildagliptin on regulation of IL-6 and its effects on diabetic foot ulcers healing.
Investigators
Usman Malabu, Ranjit Rasalam, Venkat Vangaveti and Kunwarjit Sangla in collaboration with Jason Warnock and Kelvin Robertson (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville General Hospital and Queensland Health)
Keywords
Diabetic Foot Ulcer; Wound Healing; Diabetes
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