General Practitioner, and Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

Michael Tam is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice, the University of Sydney. There, he is the academic lead for international postgraduate courses run by the Discipline.

He is also a Staff Specialist at the academic General Practice Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Ingham Institute. The Unit provides family medicine services to the diverse communities of South Western Sydney, medical education, research, and health services development, especially in integrated care.

Michael's clinical interest is in comorbid substance use disorder and mental health disorders. His research interests are risky drinking detection in primary care, integrated care, and medical education.


  • 2014–present
    Staff Specialist in General Practice, General Practice Unit, Fairfield Hospital
  • 2014–present
    Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia
  • 2011–2014
    Lecturer in Primary Care, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia
  • 2007–2014
    General Practitioner, Glebe Family Medical Practice


  • 2013 
    New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry, Master of Mental Health (General Practitioner)
  • 2007 
    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, FRACGP
  • 2002 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Science (Medicine), Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


  • 2015
    Ethical research or research ethics?, Australian Family Physician
  • 2015
    Alcohol enquiry by GPs - understanding patient perspectives: a qualitative study, Australian Family Physician
  • 2015
    Let's listen to patients' and GPs' perspectives on alcohol-screening research, Australian Family Physician
  • 2015
    Research ethics and approval process: A guide for new GP researchers, Australian Family Physician
  • 2015
    Consultation contexts and the acceptability of alcohol enquiry from general practitioners - a survey experiment, Australian Family Physician
  • 2013
    Australian general practitioner perceptions of the detection and screening of at-risk drinking, and the role of the AUDIT-C: a qualitative study, BMC Family Practice
  • 2012
    Available, intuitive and free! Building e-learning modules using web 2.0 services, Medical Teacher

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Patient acceptability and attitudes to receiving alcohol use enquiry from general practitioners
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network

Research Areas

  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy (130209)