Profiles And Contributions To This Article

Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa

Jane  Doherty

Jane Doherty

qualifications: MPhil

contribution: collected data, wrote the first draft

position: Senior lecturer

South Africa

Health systems and policy researcher

Ian  Couper

Prof Ian Couper

qualifications: MFamMed

contribution: original concept, designed the project, supervised data collection, contributed to drafts

position: Director

South Africa

Professor Ian Couper is Director of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health and Professor of Rural Health at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. A trained family physician, he spent nine years practising in a remote rural hospital in northern KwaZuluNatal province, and then 16 years working in primary care and health service development in rural North West province. He held the first chair of rural health at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He has chaired both the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) and the Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice (WONCA Rural).

david  Campbell

David Campbell

qualifications: DCH

contribution: original concept, contributed to drafts

position: Director


Judi  Walker

Prof Judi Walker

qualifications: PhD

contribution: original concept, contributed to drafts

position: Professor & Head


Professor Judi Walker holds the inaugural Chair of Rural Health at the University of Tasmania, recognising the significant contribution she has made to the development of academic rural health in Australia. Her background and achievements exemplify the interdisciplinary and multiprofessional nature of rural health. Judi has overall responsibility for the Faculty of Health Science's rural health portfolio. She is Chief Executive of the University's Rural Clinical School - a conjoint appointment with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services. Judi has an international reputation for practice and research in rural medical/health professional education, interdisciplinary education,innovation in health service delivery and education and training for health workforce reform. She leads a research team looking at health care models and policy approaches for rural older people. Judi has a longstanding engagement with paramedic education and is a member of the national Ambulance Education Council. In 2005 she completed a significant consultancy for the Council of Ambulance Authorities and developed Australia's national accreditation system for university paramedic programs.

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