Clare Heal

MBChB, DRANZCOG, DipGUMed, FRACGP, MPHTM, PhD, Promotional chair, Discipline of General Practice and Rural Medicine, Mackay Clinical School, James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry, Qld

Building a bridge from the swamp to the ivory tower: Conducting randomised controlled trials in general practice

Medical research in Australia has mostly been conducted in tertiary hospital settings, but as the majority of illnesses are managed in primary care, there is a need for a change in focus.

Familial hypercholesterolaemia and cascade testing in general practice: Lessons from COVID-19

The recent increased public experience with epidemiological concepts such as contact tracing offers new potential to improve detection and management of familial hypercholesterolaemia.

General practice research priority setting in Australia: Informing a research agenda to deliver best patient care

A study that identifies a set of general practice research priorities to guide resource allocation and to inform a research agenda that optimises best patient care.

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: Knowledge and attitudes among general practitioners

This study provided a timely assessment of general practitioner knowledge and attitudes to prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.

Oral corticosteroids for painful acute otitis externa (swimmer’s ear): A triple-blind randomised controlled trial

If a benefit of oral corticosteroids is not proven, then physicians currently prescribing it need to be advised of this finding.