Sexual Health (General Practice, contact tracing, notification, knowledge, attitudes and practices, CALD communities)
Professor Meredith Temple-Smith is the Director of Research Training in the Department of General Practice. Primarily a qualitative researcher, her interests centre on sexual health, hepatitis C, and health services research. She is currently a Chief Investigator on a substantial suite of projects examining ways to improve and sustain Chlamydia testing in the general practice setting, based on the Australian Chlamydia Control Effectiveness Pilot (ACCEPt), a cluster randomised controlled trial of chlamydia testing in general practice. She is also a CI on subsequent grants which are evaluating this intervention and its sustainability in 54 rural towns and 150 practices. She has written or co-written over 80 peer-reviewed publications and two books, and edited three books, used as texts. She is on the Executive of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance, and on the Board of Murray City Country Coast, a GP training provider. She assisted in the establishment of VicReN, the Victorian general practice based research network, and is an academic lead for APCReN, an umbrella organisation which brings together primary care practice based research networks Australia-wide. She is heavily involved in teaching primary care research skills to primary care practitioners, and has oversight of all research students in the Department.