Professor Katharine Wallis

Mayne Professor, Academy of General

Medical School (Greater Brisbane Clinical School)
Faculty of Medicine


Professor Katharine Wallis is Mayne Professor and Head, Mayne Academy of General Practice and Head, General Practice Clinical Unit at the University of Queensland Medical School. She is a clinically active general practitioner and Fellow of both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Katharine joined the University of Queensland in late 2019 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Katharine’s alma mater is the University of Otago. Katharine is a member of the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme, University of Oxford, and is Deputy Chair of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care, Academic Policy and Advocacy committee.

Katharine’s research focuses on patient safety in primary care, in particular supporting safer prescribing in general practice. Current projects include RELEASE: REdressing Long-tErm Antidepressant uSE in general practice funded by a Medical Research Future Fund 2020 Clinician Researchers: Applied Research in Health grant. Katharine is also leading a project funded by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Foundation / Motor Accident Insurance Commission in the Princess Alexandra Hospital Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment & Rehabilitation Service validating the 3-Domains screening toolkit for older driver medical assessment in general practice. Katharine is Founding Director of the practice-based research network UQGP Research and is the Queensland Academic Lead for the PARTNER network supporting rural practices nationally to participate in clinical trials. PARTNER is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund as part of the Australian Teletrials program.

Research Interests

  • Safer prescribing
  • Decreasing unnecessary and potentially harmful long-term use of antidepressants in general practice
  • Older driver medical assessment in general practice


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago
  • Masters (Coursework) of Bioethics, University of Otago
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics, University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, University of Otago


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wallis, Katharine A. (2019). How to create an effective poster. How to Do Primary Care Research. (pp. 267-269) edited by Felicity Goodyear-Smith and Robert Mash. Boca Raton, Fl, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781351014519-28

  • Goodyear-Smith, Felicity and Wallis, Katharine A. (2019). How to write and how to publish. How to Do Primary Care Research. (pp. 257-265) edited by Felicity Goodyear-Smith and Robert Mash. Boca Raton, Fl, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781351014519-27

  • Ayeleke, Reuben Olugbenga, Dunham, Annette, North, Nicola and Wallis, Katharine (2018). The concept of leadership in the health care sector. Leadership. (pp. 83-95) edited by Süleyman Davut Göker. London, United Kingdom: InTechOpen. doi: 10.5772/intechopen.76133

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