School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Key Staff

Professor Nicholas Zwar

Nick Zwar is Professor of General Practice and Head of Medical and Undergraduate Education within the School. He has developed a national and international reputation in health services research in primary care on prevention and management of chronic illness with a focus on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. His research interests include chronic disease management in general practice and primary health care; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; intervention on risk factors for chronic disease in particular smoking cessation; hypertension; prevention of stroke; health promotion in primary care; travel medicine and quality use of medicines. Along with Professor Robyn Richmond he has co-authored national clinical practice guidelines on smoking cessation.


Professor Mark Harris

Mark Harris is Professor of General Practice within the School, Scientia Professor and Executive Director of the UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity. He is a leader of primary health care research in Australia and has a broad range of research interests. These include:- 1. Prevention and management chronic diseases especially diabetes cardiovascular disease, in primary care. 2. Health inequalities research including interventions to improve the health status of disadvantaged groups including the unemployed, refugees (asylum seekers) and Aboriginal people. Professor Harris was awarded a NHMRC Senior Professorial Fellowship in 2011 to continue his work in chronic disease prevention and management in primary care.


Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw

Teng Liaw is Professor of General Practice and Director, SW Sydney LHD General Practice Unit at Fairfield Hospital where he manages patients and trains Registrars and medical students. His clinical and translational research - funded by the NHMRC, ARC, governments and non-government organisations - revolves around primary and integrated care informatics, data quality management and information governance, patient decision aids and clinical decision support and social media with a focus on chronic disease prevention and management in multicultural communities. Current research projects include data-driven predictive modelling of hospital admissions, phenotyping to create patient registers for cohort studies and personally-controlled health management systems.

An elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Teng is an internationally recognised general practice and health informatics researcher and educator. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and was President from 2005-2007. He is a member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Academy Task Group and co-chairs the PHC Informatics WG. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and Section Editor of Informatics in Primary Care. He sits on peer-review panels of national and international competitive grants and scientific conferences. 


Professor Robyn Richmond

Professor Richmond is a national and international leader in development of brief interventions on smoking and alcohol. Her work has had a focus on the role of general practice in providing these interventions and the Smokescreen Program which she developed in collaboration with colleagues at UNSW has been widely disseminated in Australia and New Zealand. Professor Richmond’s work in smoking has been recognised internationally by prestigious research awards for “exemplary activities in tobacco control and extraordinary contributions in the fight against tobacco”, and “excellence in promoting a smoke-free environment” (Goethe Challenge Trophy), and “in recognition of outstanding effort, leadership and achievement in combating the use of tobacco” (President’s award of the Thoracic Society).


Dr Joel Rhee

Dr Rhee is Senior Lecturer of Primary Care in the School and convenor of the Primary Care course in Phase3 of the UNSW Medicine Program. His research interests are end of life carein the primary care setting and in particular the understanding and implementation of advance care planning. Joel’s PhDon Advance Care Planningwas supported from a NHMRC Fellowship and the Primary Health Care Research Capacity Building Program.He is also involved in the development of blended and online educational activities for student and supervisor training, and maintains active clinical practice as a GP at the HammondCare Centre for Positive Ageing and Care.


Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya

Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya is a nationally recognised expert in Medical Education. He currently leads a range of research projects in medical education, based within the UNSW Medicine program and within the General Practice training program. He leads a research project funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia, which aims to enhance the development of clinical reasoning skills in GP trainees, and enhance the use of clinical guidelines. He also supervises research into contextual influences on clinical-decision making, the development and evaluation of educational strategies to enhance clinicians’ decision-making skills, and the design and evaluation of educational instruments to develop collaborative learning and clinical collaborative competencies. In addition to his research activities, he has made a high quality contribution to the design and implementation of the UNSW Medicine program over the last 15 years. Dr Balasooriya’s expertise in Medical Education has been recognised by a range of university and national level wards. These include the Faculty of Medicine Teaching Excellence award (2008), a Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence (2012), and an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (2011).


Dr Winston Lo

Winston is Senior Lecturer in Primary Care in the School.  He is Convenor of Phase 2 ofUNSW Medicine Program, Course Convenor for MFAC2505 Integrated Clinical Studies A and MFAC2506 Integrated Clinical Studies B and Term Convenor for Phase 2 Society and Health.  Winston’s research interests include primary care, aboriginal health, refugee health,doctors health, mental health and medical education.  Winston was awarded the RACGP/Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine Research (CONROD) Fellowship in 2009.  He also works as a Medical Educator with GP Synergy, and as a GP caring for refugees, asylum seekers, and people living with enduring mental illness.


Dr Michael Tam

Michael is a conjoint senior lecturer in the School and is based in the General Practice Unit, Fairfield Hospital in South Western Sydney.  He is involved in teaching of public health and community medicine in all three phases of the Medicine program.  Michael's research interests are in improving the detection of risky alcohol drinking in general practice, and the integration of technology in learning activities.


Dr Andrew Knight 

Andrew Knight is a conjoint senior lecturer based at the Fairfield GP Unit.  He has been in clinical general practice for 25 years mainly in Katoomba.  Dr Knight is on the board of NPSMedicinewise and Chair of the Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local. He has published in the areas of quality improvement in general practice, post graduate GP education and rare diseases in General Practice.  He is leading  joint research projects aimed at improving integration of general practice and specialist care for patients with cancer in South West Sydney.


Dr Kylie Vuong

Dr Kylie Vuong is Lecturer in Primary Care at the School. In addition to her to her BSc (Medicine) and MBBS degrees from the University of New South Wales, Kylie holds a MIPH degree from the University of Sydney and is completing her PhD in melanoma prevention. Her work focuses on integrating the latest evidence surrounding melanoma risk factors into useable tools to assist clinicians identify patients at high risk of primary melanoma. Kylie is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and maintains clinical work as a general practitioner in Sydney.