General Practitioner, and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Qualifications: BSc(Med) MBBS MMH(GP) FRACGP

Michael Tam is a Staff Specialist in General Practice at the General Practice Unit in Fairfield Hospital, located in South Western Sydney. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia.

Michael provides general practice services to the diverse community of South Western Sydney. The GP Unit aims to facilitate and improve the integration of care between the general practice and hospital sectors. One of Michael's major roles is in medical education and training - from first year medical students learning basic clinical skills, to supervising clinical and academic general practice trainees. Michael is passionate about evidence-based medicine, especially in how it can be pragmatically implemented in general practice settings.

Michael's clinical interest is in the whole-person care of people suffering from comorbid substance use and mental health disorders. His research interests are in the belief and attitudes that patients and GPs have towards alcohol discussion in the consultation room, and in e-learning in 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)