Associate Professor Suzanne McKenzie is the Head of the Discipline of General Practice and Rural Medicine and Director of Clinical Studies.

She has experience in general practice based research, using quantitative (including cluster randomized trials), qualitative and mixed methodologies. She has received multiple research grants; published in national and international peer reviewed journals; and has extensive conference presentations. Research interests include the prevention of chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease; the role of shared decision making in multidisciplinary teams and individual consultations; and the role of mental health in chronic disease prevention. She also has experience in all aspects of undergraduate, post-graduate and vocational medical education including curriculum development, implementation, delivery, assessment and evaluation. 

 In addition she has maintained an active clinical load by working in a range of general practices in both urban and rural locations in NSW and Victoria, over the past 20 years, and more recently in Townsville, Qld.  All have provided comprehensive care to their community.

 She is currently a member of the RACGP North Queensland Sub-Faculty and the North Queensland Assessment Panel Chair; a member of the Townsville Mackay Medicare Local Clinical Reference Group; and the Treasurer of the Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care. She has participated in a range of committees developing clinical practice guidelines for chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis and diabetes. 


  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD3011: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 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)
  • RACGP North Queensland Sub Faculty Assessment Panel Chair
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Practice Based Research
  • Shared Decision Making in Clinical Practice
  • Health Services
  • Primary Health Care
  • General Practice
  • Practice based teaching
  • Communication Skills
  • Prevention
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • 2010 to present - Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
  • 2010 to present - Associate Professor in General Practice and Rural Medicine, James Cook University (Queensland, Australia)
  • 2010 to present - General Practitioner, JCU Health Medical Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
  • 2003 to 2010 - Senior Lecturer in General Practice, University of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
  • 1997 to 2010 - General Practitioner, Galston Medical Centre (NSW, Australia)
  • 1998 to 2003 - Research Officer, RACGP NSW Faculty (NSW, Australia)
  • 1991 to 2001 - Medical Educator, RACGP Training Program (NSW and Victoria, Australia)
  • 1996 to 1997 - Curriculum Development Officer, RACGP (NSW, Australia)
  • 1990 to 1997 - General Practitioner, Private Practice (NSW, Australia)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 1995 - FRACGP
  • 2010 - Townsville Mackay Medicare Local, Clinical Reference Group
  • 2010 - RACGP North Queensland Sub Faculty Board
  • 2003 - Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care
  • 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2006 - Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching
  • 2001 - Masters of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 23+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Suzanne McKenzie from 2000 onwards.


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