Dr Jennifer Presser considers herself fortunate to be able to perform several roles that combine her skills and interests.
Dr Presser works one day a week as a GP at Headspace, which is a youth mental health service. She is the full-time Academic Lead for the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical program.
‘I also serve as the chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP) Tasmanian branch. This provides a link between the medical school and senior GP specialist training, and it allows us to have a political voice into our health system to support changes to improve the health of the Tasmanian community,’ says Dr Presser.
‘I was drawn to the role at Headspace as I’ve always being interested in mental health. Mental health can be a challenging area at the moment. I am keen to improve the wellbeing of Tasmanian young people, through working directly with people as their doctor, and by contributing to changes in health service delivery and helping to support the wellbeing of the talented and inspiring young people who will be the future doctors of Tasmania.
Dr Presser enjoys the team-based environment in her team at Headspace and with her academic, research and teaching team at University of Tasmania.
‘We are a smaller state, but the wonderful advantage of that is there are connections between everyone at the University, the Tasmanian health service and with the community. Our medical program extends across the whole of Tasmania and has a strong emphasis on rural health. We have an amazing group of committed teaching staff – skilled scientists, practising doctors and expert support staff – who work closely together to provide a hands-on student experience with unique Tasmanian opportunities and where students are valued members of our medical community.’
Dr Presser’s background working in rural and remote health and with Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, North Queensland and Tasmania has given her an understanding of how important it is for rural health careers to be supported and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have careers as health professionals.
‘Twenty five per cent of medical students at the University of Tasmania are from rural backgrounds, and we are part of the rural training pipeline that is supported by the new rural health training hub in Burnie. We have dedicated Aboriginal support staff, including Aboriginal doctors in our teaching team. Three per cent of the Australian population are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and they are under-represented in the medical workforce. We need to have at least 3 per cent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors in the medical profession in Australia. We’ve achieved this with medical student numbers in the early years of our course.’
Dr Presser moved into the field of medicine after qualifying as a science researcher.
‘I decided that I wanted to continue to learn, to teach, to research and to be a doctor. My medical degree has allowed me to do all three of these things. Our medical school is distinctive as it is co-located with Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Wicking Dementia Research Centre, Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust and our academic teaching staff are active medical researchers. It’s immensely satisfying to have day-to-day interactions with people and to help them as a GP, contribute to quality improvements in health systems, and to work with the students who will go on to be leaders in the medical profession.’
Associate Prof. Presser started out as a research scientist before embarking on a career as a GP. While working in practices around Australia, she continued an interest in teaching and has worked in general practice specialist training as well as with medical students. In clinical practice Prof. Presser has worked in palliative care in the Northern Territory and completed a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Care. She has enjoyed team-based community work with a particular focus on palliative care, sexual health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and mental health. Her research expertise is in the areas of mental health in primary care, doctors’ well-being, and training in primary care. Prof. Presser has just completed a term as Chair of the Tasmanian branch of the Royal Australian College of General Practice.
Fields of Research
- Mental health services (420313)
- Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
- Higher education (390303)
- Primary health care (420319)
- Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
- Social psychology (520505)
- Other Indigenous studies (459999)
- Health and community services (420305)
- Health care administration (420306)
- Health services and systems (420399)
- Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism (441013)
- Health education and promotion (200203)
- Teacher and instructor development (160303)
- Mental health (200409)
- Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
- Behaviour and health (200401)
- Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
- Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
- Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
- Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
- Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
- Social structure and health (200207)
- Health inequalities (200204)
Journal Article(4 outputs)
|2019||Mond J, Skromanis S, Purton T, Cooling N, Fan F, et al., 'Gambling behaviour, problem gambling and reasons for gambling among international students in Tasmania, Australia', Journal of Gambling Studies, 35, (1) pp. 155-170. ISSN 1050-5350 (2019) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors: Mond J; Skromanis S; Purton T; Cooling N; Fan F; Bridgman H
|2019||Stone L, Tapley A, Presser J, Holliday E, Ball J, et al., 'Early career GPs, mental health training and clinical complexity: a cross-sectional analysis', Education for Primary Care, 30, (2) pp. 62-69. ISSN 1473-9879 (2019) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 1
|2018||Skromanis S, Cooling N, Rodgers B, Purton T, Fan F, et al., 'Health and well-being of international university students, and comparison with domestic students, in Tasmania, Australia', International journal of environmental research and public health, 15, (6) Article 1147. ISSN 1660-4601 (2018) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
Co-authors: Skromanis S; Cooling N; Purton T; Fan F; Bridgman H; Harris KM; Mond J
|2015||Kerr R, Vaughan K, Bentley M, Radford J, Sharp K, et al., 'Interprofessional learning in general practice: A pilot study using in-practice emergency simulation', Focus on Health Professional Education, 16, (3) pp. 120-123. ISSN 1442-1100 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Bentley M; Radford J; Sharp K
Conference Publication(2 outputs)
|2018||Hughes RM, Nash R, Bettiol SS, Macintyre K, Ayton JE, et al., 'A framework for mapping public health learning exposures and competency alignment in undergraduate medical education', CAPHIA Teaching & Learning Forum, 17 April 2018, Auckland (2018) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Hughes RM; Nash R; Bettiol SS; Macintyre K; Ayton JE; Cooling NB
|2017||Shires E, Presser J, FitzGerald K, Warnecke E, Radford JC, et al., ''They liven the place up!' Tasmanian rural general practice medical student placements', 14th National Rural Health Conference, 26-29 April 2017, Cairns, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Shires E; FitzGerald K; Warnecke E; Radford JC; O'Brien J; Harvey R; Lowe KL; Blazely LM; Campbell D; Hays RB
Grants & Funding
Number of grants
- The National Health Genomics Policy Framework was released in 2018 with the goal being the development of a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to integrate genomics into the delivery of healthcare in Australia. A recognised and significant challenge is how to deliver this in the most efficient, equitable, and effective way in regional and rural sectors where there are recognised unique challenges distinct from those in our larger metropolitan tertiary healthcare settings. Integration of genomics into healthcare provision will impact all subacute chronic conditions with specific implications for education and prevention, selection of effective therapies, patient management and ongoing followup. Although there are multiple areas to tackle in the implementation of the National Genomics framework, one of the key undertakings will be to address the needs of the healthcare workforce and their engagement in the development of appropriate pathways for delivery. Genetics and genomics is set to become integral to the management of all health conditions, with many aspects deliverable in the sub-acute sector.
- University of Tasmania ($9,974)
- Grant- Research Enhancement Program
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Dickinson JL; Canny B; Nicol D; Critchley C; Presser J; Williamson Jan; Burke J
- This project will use a survey and semi-structured interviews to investigate the gambling behaviours of international students in Tasmania. Theresearch team will also communicate findings of the research to organisations that support and represent the health and wellbeing interests ofmigrants and international students in Tasmania. Research themes to investigate: What are the rates of gambling, including rates of problem gambling amongst students in Tasmania? What types of gambling are most popular amongst that cohort? How much and how frequently are international students betting? What are the financial and other implications of their gambling? What are the risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem gambling amongst international students?
- Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($22,525)
- Contract Research
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Mond JM; Cooling NB; Fan S; Harris K; Turnock AC; Presser J; Errey JA; Bridgman H