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Biography

Dr Liz Sturgiss is a clinical general practitioner and primary care researcher. Liz is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice, Monash University, and Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University. As an early career clinician researcher, Liz has experience in implementation research in primary care with expertise in the complex area of obesity management.

Liz leads an emerging research program on obesity management in primary care that focuses on the translation of guidelines into real-world practice and the implementation of innovative interventions. Her research is based on theoretical principles from behaviour change and implementation science. As a clinical researcher, she has extensive networks with clinical primary care colleagues and in her representative roles with primary care organisations.

Obesity management in general practice

Dr Sturgiss led a research team to develop a weight management program for use in general practice, “The Change Program”. This work filled the implementation gap between the NHMRC guidelines for obesity management and real-world practice. This qualitative research started with identifying a deficit in clinical practice, then collaboration with clinicians, healthcare consumer representatives, and chronic disease groups to develop a weight management program for general practice. The program was designed with implementation and sustainability at the forefront. The program was trialled in five sites (one rural, four urban) and was found to increase GP self-efficacy and was feasible within current healthcare system constraints. It has been rolled out in collaboration with Primary Health Networks to over 1000 GPs in ACT and NSW.

Therapeutic alliance in general practice

This mixed methods research has developed a survey tool to measure the patient assessment of the therapeutic alliance in general practice. Liz led an interdisciplinary, international research team to validate the measure for general practice. The survey tool has now been translated into Dutch and is being investigated by primary care research teams in the Netherlands and Belgium. The tool is a robust, internationally relevant measure of the process of primary care. It is useful for research, intervention design and evaluation, and clinician training.

Policy and practice

Liz's doctoral work on obesity management in general practice has been implemented by clinicians in the ACT and NSW. General practitioners (GPs) are the front-line for management of weight and obesity in Australian adults. Liz’s research has improved how GPs in NSW and ACT manage adult patients with obesity by developing Australia’s first evidence-based weight management program for general practice. In 2018/19 “The Change Program” was rolled out to over 850 GPs in western Sydney and 500 GPs in the ACT via Primary Health Networks who together care for more than 600 000 patients with overweight and obesity. The Program bridges the implementation gap between obesity guidelines and clinical practice and improves the confidence of GPs to provide obesity management and changes the clinical practice of GPs. GPs now have access to an innovative program to assist them in managing patients with obesity.

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

General Practice, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian Nation University Medical School

… → 19 Sep 2018

Master of Forensic Medicine, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Public Health, Master of Public Health, The University of New South Wales

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, The University of Newcastle

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

Keywords

  • Obesity
  • Primary Health Care
  • General Practice
  • Equity
  • Health Promotion

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2008 2019

How to supervise and mentor a less experienced or novice researcher

Sturgiss, E. & Sanci, L., 2019, How to do primary care research. Goodyear-Smith, F. & Mash, B. (eds.). 1st ed. CRC Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

Multimorbidity and patient-centred care in the 3D trial

Sturgiss, E. A., Boeckxstaens, P. & Clark, A. M., 12 Jan 2019, In : The Lancet. 393, 10167, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

Using Concept Maps to compare obesity knowledge between policy makers and primary care researchers in Canada

Sturgiss, E., Luig, T., Campbell-Scherer, D. L., Lewanczuk, R. & Green, L. A., 14 Jan 2019, In : BMC Research Notes. 12, 1, 6 p., 23.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Correction: Role of the family doctor in the management of adults with obesity: A scoping review (BMJ Open (2018) 8 (e019367) DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019367)

Sturgiss, E. A., Elmitt, N. & Haelser, E., 1 Apr 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 4, 1 p., e019367corr1.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Datasets collected in general practice: An international comparison using the example of obesity

Sturgiss, E. & Van Boven, K., 4 Jun 2018, In : Australian Health Review. 42, 5, p. 563-567 5 p., AH17157.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Foundation Grant

Liz Sturgiss (Recipient), Jan 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Blackwell Science Prize

Liz Sturgiss (Recipient), Oct 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Certificate of Citation

Liz Sturgiss (Recipient), Nov 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Endeavour Research Fellowship

Liz Sturgiss (Recipient), Nov 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)