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I am a GP and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research. My main research interests are in the early detection and prevention of cancer in primary care and the evaluation and implementation of new diagnostic tests.


I grew up and studied Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, on the land of the Wurundjeri people to whom I am endebted to. After obtaining my medical degree in Australia I moved to the UK where I completed an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Practice in Bristol, working within the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol. I obtained Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in August 2018. I have also completed a Masters of Science (Public Health) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. My most recent post was a Clinical Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

I am Associate Editor and Editorial Board member for the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), and Senior Board Member for BMC Cancer. I am also vice-chair of the Primary Care Academic Collaborative (PACT).

Research interests

My primary research interests focus around the prevention and early detection of cancer in primary care. I have recently completed my PhD studying the potential impact of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a diagnostic test for prostate cancer within primary care. I explored the accepatability, cost effectiveness, and patient centred outcomes associated with MRI. I have conducted and published research employing systematic reviews and meta-analyses, observational studies using primary and secondary data, delphi studies, and qualitative interviews on a range of topics including prostate cancer diagnoses, hypoalbuminaemia and cancer risk in primary care, and HPV vaccination for cancer prevention.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, Medical Science, University of Exeter

1 Jun 201818 May 2022

Award Date: 18 May 2022

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE

1 Nov 20186 Nov 2020

Award Date: 6 Nov 2020

Master in Science, Public Health (Distinction), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

20 Sept 201228 Jun 2013

Award Date: 28 Jun 2013

Bachelor of Science, BMedSc (with honours), Monash University

1 Feb 200710 Dec 2009

Award Date: 10 Dec 2009

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS (with honours), Monash University

21 Feb 200410 Dec 2009

Award Date: 10 Dec 2009

External positions

Associate Editor, British Journal of General Practice

1 Oct 2020 → …

Senior Editorial Board Member, BMC Cancer

1 Jan 2020 → …

Areas of expertise

  • RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cancer
  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre
  • Healthier Futures


  • Primary care
  • Cancer
  • Early Detection
  • Diagnosis
  • prevention
  • diagnostics


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