Associate Professor, Griffith University

A/Prof. Chris Onyebuchi Ifediora is the Founder, President, and Primary Financier of the OCI Foundation (https://ocifoundation.org/). He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

In March 2019, he completed the one-year Harvard Medical School’s South-East Asia Healthcare Leadership (HMS-SEAL) program, which equips him with the skills for managing complex health, charity and financial organisations.

Dr Chris is a practising Family Physician based on the City of Gold Coast, Australia, and holds the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). He also Supervises, Mentors, Educates, and Examines medical registrars and other junior doctors on behalf of the RACGP.

In August 2017, Dr Ifediora was elected into the Faculty Board of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Queensland, Australia, which is the representative body of all general practitioners in the State of Queensland.

As an Associate Professor, Dr Chris also contributes to the training of medical students at the Griffith University School of Medicine, Gold Coast Campus, Australia. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE), and have published a number of scholarly articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals of international repute.

Through the findings of his research, he has made a significant impact in Australian General Practice, and a number of his publications were cited in multiple submissions to the Australian Federal Government during a recent review of after-hours house medical services. Multiple media outlets in Australia regularly report his work, and some of these include the:

a) Television: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps-F4W9_cIg;

b) Radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJQG8-p_1jk;

c) Electronic print media:
i. https://theconversation.com/our-study-found-after-hours-gps-actually-do-reduce-visits-to-emergency-rooms-79108;
ii. https://www.tweeddailynews.com.au/news/risky-after-hours-house-calls-put-doctors-on-edge/3348636/;

d) Top Australian medical papers:
i. https://www.howtotreat.com.au/therapy-update/gps-guide-when-refer-imaging-headache;
ii. https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/after-hours-gps-using-chaperones-home-visits;
iii. https://www.6minutes.com.au/news/after-hours-work-good-gps-health.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    President, OCI Foundation Limited, OCI Foundation Limited (Australia and Nigeria)
  • 2010–present
    General medical Practitioner, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Griffith University
  • 2013–2019
    Senior Lecturer (Clinical Skills), Griffith University

Education

  • 2019 
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, Southeast Asia Healthcare Leadership (HMS-SEAL) Certificate
  • 2014 
    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fellow
  • 2008 
    University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, Master of Public Health
  • 2004 
    Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, MBBS

Publications

  • 2019
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Onyebuchi_Ifediora, 24

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)