Specialist General Practitioner, and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Michael Tam is a Staff Specialist at the Academic Primary and Integrated Care Unit (APICU), South Western Sydney Local Health District and Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. The Unit provides targeted primary care services to vulnerable populations in South Western Sydney, medical education, research, and health services development, especially in integrated care. He is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney.

Michael’s clinical interest is in the comprehensive primary care for people living with severe mental illness. He has a passion for the application of evidence-based medicine into routine general practice, and is the author of the "Examining the Evidence" series in Medical Observer, an Australian medical news periodical.

Michael has research experience in health services evaluation, integrated care, medical education, and preventive care activities in general practice. He is experienced with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. He is a member of a human research ethics committee and has published on research ethics.

Michael's active research projects include: barriers to the transition of care between ED and GPs, health communication challenges with patients from CALD communities, SWS HealthPathways evaluation, evaluation of GP research training, and melanoma risk prediction implementation in general practice.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
  • 2014–present
    Staff Specialist, Academic Primary and Integrated Care Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • 2017–2018
    Senior lecturer, Discipline of General Practice, University of Sydney
  • 2011–2014
    Lecturer in Primary Care, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia
  • 2007–2014
    General Practitioner, Glebe Family Medical Practice

Education

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

Publications

  • 2018
    How doctors conceptualise P values: a mixed methods study, Australian Journal of General Practice
  • 2018
    How to ensure your research follows ethical principles, How to Do Primary Care Research
  • 2018
    HealthPathways implementation on type 2 diabetes – a programmatic evaluation (HIT2 evaluation), Journal of Integrated Care
  • 2017
    General practitioner follow-up in older patients after an emergency department admission, Australian Family Physician
  • 2017
    The informatics capability maturity of integrated primary care centres in Australia, International Journal of Medical Informatics
  • 2017
    Can research that is not intended or unlikely to be published be considered ethical?, Australian Family Physician
  • 2016
    Ethical considerations in recruiting primary care patients to research studies, Australian Family Physician
  • 2016
    Alcohol screening and brief interventions in primary care – Evidence and a pragmatic practice-based approach, Australian Family Physician
  • 2016
    Patients’ acceptance of SNAP assessment: An exploration, Australian Family Physician
  • 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

  • 2019
    Melanoma risk predictions among Australian general practitioners
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    RACGP Foundation, Chris Silagy Research Scholarship
  • 2019
    Communication concordance between Arabic-speaking patients and ED doctors
    Role:
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    South West Sydney Research, Small Grants Scheme
  • 2016
    The 'Watch Me Grow’ App for identification of developmental and mental health problems in early childhood: a validation study
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant
  • 2013
    Patient acceptability and attitudes to receiving alcohol use enquiry from general practitioners
    Role:
    Principle Investigator
    Funding Source:
    RACGP Foundation, Family Medicare Care Research Grant

Professional Memberships

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

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy (130209)