Researcher

Dr Michael Tam

My Expertise

Beliefs and attitudes towards alcohol discussions between patient and doctor and general practice/primary care.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Michael Tam is a Staff Specialist in General Practice at the Academic General Practice Unit in Fairfield Hospital, located in South Western Sydney. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia.

His clinical interest is in comorbid substance use disorder and mental health disorders. His research interests are in the beliefs and attitudes towards...view more

Michael Tam is a Staff Specialist in General Practice at the Academic General Practice Unit in Fairfield Hospital, located in South Western Sydney. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia.

His clinical interest is in comorbid substance use disorder and mental health disorders. His research interests are in the beliefs and attitudes towards alcohol discussions in the general practice setting, and in e-learning in medical education.  He has an ongoing interest in the how research evidence can influence pragmatic general practice and authors a regular column on evidence-based medicine in the periodical, Medical Observerhttp://vitualis.com/?cat=20

Broad Research Areas 

  • Primary Health Care
  • Medical Education

Specific Research Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Primary Health Care
  • General Practice
  • Web-based teaching

Research Interests

My clinical research interest is in developing an understanding of why the detection of problem drinking in Australian primary care appears to be low, despite evidence-based tools and recommendations. This understanding is required for pragmatic and effective strategies on this issue. I also have an interest in e-learning and the use of computer technology to complement or augment medical education.

ILP Research Interests (Will supervise ILP students)

  • Alcohol Drinking
  • General Practice
  • Medical Education
  • Primary Health Care

Society Memberships & Professional Activities

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

  • Fellow of the RACGP since 2007
  • Examiner for the RACGP since 2011
  • Member of the National Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee (the RACGP HREC) since 2013

Inner West Sydney Medicare Local

  • GP representative of the Quality Use of Medicines Advisory Group
  • member since 2006

Australian Association for Academic Primary Care

  • member since 2012

Friends of Science in Medicine

  • member since 2012 

Further Information
http://vitualis.com

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Location

General Practice Unit
Fairfield Hospital
corner of Polding Street and Prairievale Road
Prairiewood NSW 2176
Australia

Map reference (Google map)

Contact

+61 412 704 158
+61 2 9313 6185

Publications

by Dr Michael Tam