Lizzi Shires

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Dr Lizzi Shires

Lizzi Shires

Rural Clinical School Co-Director

Room 219, Rural Clinical School, Burnie, RCS NW Hospitals Campus, Burnie

+61 3 6430 4568 (phone)

+61 3 6431 5670 (fax)

Lizzi is Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School and a part-time rural General Practitioner. Lizzi has extensive experience in community development projects and medical education particularly in primary care. She has written health columns for women's magazines as well as academic journals. While Lizzi enjoys all aspects of General Practice, her particular interest is in Chronic Disease Management.

Career summary


  • MBBS, Charling Cross Medical School, London, UK. 1986 
  • Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UK. 1988
  • Family Planning Certificate, UK. 1988
  • Diploma in Child Health, UK. 1989
  • Diploma in Public Health, Cambridge, UK. 1995
  • Diploma in Teaching and Learning, UK 2001


Lizzi has worked as a General Practitioner for 20 years in England and Australia, with particular interests in chronic disease management, public health, and education.  Over the duration of her career in England Lizzi held the positions of Associate Director of General Practice, Director of Primary Care Education in South Essex (Consultant in Public Health), Principal and Assistant in General Practice, Fellow of Essex University (Honorary), Higher Professional Education Patch Director and Associate Dean General Practice, London Deanery.  Having moved to the North West of Tasmania in 2005, Lizzi works part time in a local rural General Practice, works closely with Primary Health Tasmania, most recently as an Editor of the Health Pathways project, and with the Post Graduate Medical Counsel Tasmania (PMCT) and GP Training Tasmania promoting vertical integration of training through primary care. Lizzi is Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School and Associate Head for Community Based Education with particular responsibility for coordinating the Community Based Medical Education (CBME) components of the School of Medicine's rural MBBS at the RCS.

Research Themes

Lizzi's research aligns to two of the University's research themes:  Better Health; and Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research interests include chronic disease management in primary care, medical education, and health workforce and health service delivery in the rural context.


Professional practice

  • Member of Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Membership Faculty of Public Health
  • Chair of the UTAS School of Medicine Year 4/5 committee
  • Head of Discipline, Rural Health

Administrative expertise

Through the many leadership roles Lizzi has held she has extensive administration experience.


Primary Care, Chronic Disease Management, Community Based Medical Education, Curriculum design, Assessment.

Teaching expertise

Lizzi has extensive teaching experience in medicine. In England Lizzi had senior leadership roles responsible for strategic planning and implementation of multidisciplinary primary care education across districts encompassing hundreds of GPs and nurses, training trainers, quality assurance and supporting poorly performing practitioners.

Lizzi is currently responsible for academic and organisational leadership of the Rural Clinical School based on the North West Coast of Tasmania, as well as clinical teaching, curriculum development and participation in School of Medicine working groups.

Teaching responsibility

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Earlier in her career Lizzi conducted community-based research projects in England, as well as in chronic disease management and teaching.

Having settled in the regional and rural North West Tasmania, Lizzi is passionate about rural medical education and delivery of health systems in rural areas. Lizzi has undertaken research into clinical teaching and learning, local health service delivery, and on rural workforce outcomes resulting from rural training activity through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) programme.


Lizzi was a member of the Essex Primary Care Research Network (EPCRN) to support Primary Care researchers.  This was a collaborative project with the Universities, General Practice, Health Trusts, Public Health and Education Departments. We provided small grants, educational support and paid research expertise to develop researchers in Primary Care.

In North West Tasmania Lizzi maintains strong relationships with local GP Practices, primary and secondary schools, community groups and other local stakeholders.

Current projects

Lizzi's current projects include a cohort study of internship locations among international medical graduates from the University of Tasmania, a prevalence study of asthma in children aged 6-8 years old in North West Tasmania, and Low Acuity presentations to local emergency departments.

Research Fields

  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Educational Administration, Management and Leadership (130304)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)

Research Impact

  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • School/Institution Community and Environment (930402)
  • Child Health (920501)


Lizzi's most recent publications are focussed on progressing the rural health agenda: health service evaluation and the rural health workforce, with an emphasis on improving health outcomes for people living in rural areas. Ongoing themes include the health services in rural areas and the Rural Clinical School's role in providing a medical workforce for rural and regional Australia.

Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2015Allen P, Cheek C, Foster S, Ruigrok M, Wilson D, et al., 'Low acuity and general practice-type presentations to emergency departments: A rural perspective', Emergency Medicine Australasia, 27, (2) pp. 113-118. ISSN 1742-6723 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.12366 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Allen P; Cheek C; Foster S; Wilson D


2015Shires L, Allen P, Cheek C, Wilson D, 'Regional universities and rural clinical schools contribute to rural medical workforce, a cohort study of 2002 to 2013 graduates', Rural and Remote Health, 15 Article 3219. ISSN 1445-6354 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Allen P; Cheek C; Wilson D

Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2015Wilson D, Allen P, Cheek C, Shires L, Foster S, et al., 'Are rural Emergency Departments supplementing General Practice', Program of the 2015 International conference on health system innovation, 18-20 March, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, pp. 1. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wilson D; Allen P; Cheek C; Foster S; Ruigrok M

2011Radford JC, Warnecke E, Shires SE, Meumann F, Presser J, et al., 'GPMagic - measuring and growing inherent capacity (for learning and teaching in Tasmanian General Practice)', RACGP Annual Scientific Convention: GP11, 6-8 Oct, Hobart (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Radford JC; Warnecke E; Meumann F; Nelson MR

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Evaluating Care Outcomes of the Burnie Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ECO-ASELCC) (2014)$61,997
Assist ASELCC to define two research projects one individual Burnie ASELCC project, and one collaborative project, based on the data collected within the Child and Family Outcomes Strategy (CFOS) database.
Burnie City Council ($61,997)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shires SE; Cheek CG; Allen PL; Stephens MJ
The prevalence of asthma in 6 to 8 year old children in rural Tasmania (2013)$31,804
This study aims to determine the prevalence of asthma in children in North West Tasmania. It will assist in identifying risk factors and informing appropriate provision of health services.
Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust ($31,804)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Weber HC; Wilson D; Shires SE; Cheek CG