A patience of professors

Med J Aust. 2003 Jul 7;179(1):10-4.


The 1973 inquiry into the "Expansion of Medical Education in Australia" resulted in the appointment of nine professors of "Community Practice". We (the foundation professors) have been leaders in a reform movement within medical schools and general practice and have had to fight hard for the right and resources to do the job for which we were appointed. Our most significant accomplishment has been to broaden the orientation of medical education beyond hospitals and laboratories to the community and those in the community who are underserved. Although small in numbers, our discipline fights above its weight and is essential for medical school accreditation by the Australian Medical Council.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Biomedical Research / history
  • Education, Medical / history*
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration
  • Faculty, Medical / history*
  • Family Practice / education
  • Family Practice / history*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Rural Health Services / history
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • Societies, Medical / history