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Professor Geraldine MacCarrick

Geraldine MacCarrick

Clinical Dean Northern Clinical Training Network



Room A2.15 (Second floor in Block A)

Cairns Base Hospital

PO Box 902

Cairns QLD 4870



(07) 42268187


(07) 42266831



Professor MacCarrick is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (First class Honours in Pathology). She holds Fellowships of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and was a founding Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.Her PhD examined the impact of curriculum change and governance reform in the medical school setting. The research captured the lived experience of medical faculty engaged in curriculum reform and demonstrated how the reform process is situated on a changing landscape with competing and sometimes conflicting narratives of social and health care change. Since graduating from Medicine she has filled leadership roles in education and management in a range of medical organizations: hospitals, medical schools; defence force establishments and post graduate training programs. In addition to the post cited above she has worked in senior health executive posts including Director of Medical Services in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart, Tasmania. She held the rank of Squadron Leader in the RAAF between 1990 and 1995. Most of her clinical practice has been in General Practice working in a variety of health care settings including rural practice.

Posts held

2012 to present:

Clinical Dean, Northern Clinical Training Network, NCTN

The role of the Clinical Dean is to facilitate the development of a high quality, self-sustaining and research-focussed medical workforce for northern Queensland (and in time, northern Australia more broadly) which is responsive to regional health needs. The region covers an area from Cairns to Thursday Island and inland to Mt Isa. Recently (June 2012) a gathering of over 50 senior consultants in the District met in Cairns under the auspices of the NCTN to discuss expanded vocational training strategies.

Podcast:intro of Inaugural NCTN seminar in Cairns

For the latest on NCTN Cairns Seminars please click here


Vice Dean Royal College of Surgeons and Institute of Leadership, RCSI

In her capacity as Professor Medical Education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) she led several exciting projects. The first was a Quality Assurance exercise at the College (the first of its kind in Ireland) using the internationally recognized World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) International Standards:

Another was the development, accreditation and implementation of Ireland’s first Masters in Leadership in Health Professions Education with the RCSI Institute of Leadership.

In her role as professor Medical Education at RCSI, she introduced Teach on the Run© to RCSI medical school campuses in Ireland and Bahrain:

During her time with the Institute of Leadership Prof MacCarrick was instrumental in canvassing the role of doctors in Leadership and Management by bringing together key senior clinicians engaged in leadership and management roles in Ireland’s health care system:

She was also invited by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine to deliver a plenary in 2010 in Hong Kong on Health Care Reform in Ireland. At that forum a meeting of invited Medical Leaders from around the world participated in a discussion to examine the possibility of establishing a World Federation of Medical Managers. Representatives included Ireland (RCSI), UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Italy.


Foundation Director of Medical Education, Tasmanian School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

In her capacity as Foundation Director of Medical Education and foundation Professor of Medical Education at the Tasmanian School of Medicine (her alma mater) she led the development and delivery of the new case-based 5 year medical curriculum (replacing the 43 year old traditional discipline based curriculum). At its accreditation visit prior to the launch of the New Curriculum at the Tasmanian School of Medicine the 2005 Australian Medical Council expressed the view that it was singularly ‘impressed with the changes instituted by the Medical School staff since the previous visit in 2001’ citing one of the notable strengths as:

  • A particularly strong Medical Education Unit which has been a major driver of the new curriculum through excellent vision and leadership

Australian Medical Council Accreditation team Preliminary Findings May 2005

During her time in Tasmania she co- developed and delivered the first post graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals at the University of Tasmania (with the Faculty of Education):,32959&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&P_SCOPE=STRUC&P_COURSE_CODE=E5S&P_SCHEDULE_CODE=STRUC&P_YEAR=2012&P_CONTEXT=OLD

This was a particularly important initiative to support clinicians who were enrolled as tutors for the new medical program.


The role of the Northern Clinical Training Network is to facilitate an integrated pipeline of clinical education and training across the North of Australia and aims to engage the public and private sector, community settings as well as the training Colleges. An important focus of the NCTN is a medical training system that is tailored to the health needs of the northern Queensland population.

Research/Research interests

Prof MacCarrick has a particular interest in doctor’s stories and narrative methodology. Her PhD examined the impact of curriculum change and governance reform in the medical school setting. She is also interested in the areas of Medical Management and Leadership, Preparedness for practice, Inter-professional Education, Rural Education and Workforce Planning.

Research opportunities for higher degree students

Prof MacCarrick is keen to support potential candidates interested in pursuing Masters or PhD level research in Medical Education. The best way to contact her is by email:

Selected Publications

Click here for recent book on Quality Assurance in Medical Education:

McEvoy M, Butler B, MacCarrick G. Teaching professionalism through virtual means. Clin Teach. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. 2012 Feb;91:32-6.

McEvoy MM, Butler B, MacCarrick G, Nicholson AJ. Virtual patients: an effective educational intervention to improve paediatric basic specialist trainee education in the management of suspected child abuse? Ir Med J. 2011 Sep;1048:250-2.

MacCarrick, G. R. 2011. A practical guide to using the World Federation for Medical Education Standards. WFME 3: assessment of students. Ir J Med Sci. epub1

MacCarrick, G. R. 2010. A practical guide to using the World Federation for Medical Education WFME standards. WFME 1: mission and objectives. Ir J Med Sci, 1794, 483-487.

MacCarrick, G. R. 2010. A practical guide to using the World Federation for Medical Education standards. WFME 2: educational program. Ir J Med Sci, 1794, 489-491.

MacCarrick, G., Kelly, C., & Conroy, R. 2010. Preparing for an institutional self review using the WFME standards - an international medical school case study. Med Teach, 325, e227-232.

Bell, E., Walker, J., Allen, R., MacCarrick,G.R. & Albert, E. 2010. Non clinical rural and remote competencies: Can they be defined? Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal12, 28-41.

MacCarrick, G. 2009. Curriculum reform: a narrated journey. Med Educ, 4310, 979-988.

MacCarrick, G., Bradford, S., Vial, J., & Carmichael, A. 2007. Preparing our interns for hospital practice - what makes for success in medical education? Focus on Health Professional Education: A multi-disciplinary journal.91, 1-7.

Bell, E. J., MacCarrick, G., Parker, L., & Allen, R. 2005. 'Lost in translation'? Developing assessment criteria that value rural practice. Rural Remote Health, 53, 420.

MacCarrick, G., Winzenberg T, Holloway G, Hemmings L, Ikin R, Abbott D,. 2005. Preparedness for Hospital Practice - Maintaining strengths in an MBBS curriculum in the midst of change. Focus on Health Professionl Education; A Multidisciplinary Journal, 63.

Halliday, G. M., MacCarrick, G. R., & Muller, H. K. 1987. Tumour promoters but not initiators deplete Langerhans cells from murine epidermis. Br J Cancer, 563, 328-330.

Selected Conference Presentations

Medical Council Accreditation in Ireland – Guest Speaker (INMED) Irish Network of Medical Educators, Trinity College Dublin 18 - 20 May 2011

Medical Managers, doctors and managers – facing the economic crisis together Invited to join Panel Discussion, Society of Medical Mangers of Italy (SIMM) Conference, Rome held 14th-15th April, 2011.

Health Care Reform in Ireland:Speaker: International Conference entitled “Healthcare Reforms in Comparative Health Systems” held from 4th – 6th September 2010 in Hong Kong. The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators & Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.

Preparing a Medical School for Accreditation, Speaker: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 10th Overseas Scientific Meeting, Malta, 16th – 20th March 2008

Mapping Curriculum Outcomes-- 40 ° South to 50° North’ MacCarrick, GR and Arnett,RConference Workshop, Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE), Prague 2008.

Developing a Global Positioning System for the medical curriculum Arnett, R, O’Mara D, MacCarrick, GR, Doody C, Condron, C. Conference Paper, Association for Medical Education Europe, AMEE Prague 2008

Chair of conference session entitled: Outcomes Based Education Association for Medical Education Europe, Association for Medical Education Europe , AMEE Malaga 2009.

An integrated partnership approach for supporting busy clinicians as effective university teachers J Walker, G MacCarrick, H Smigiel and N Trivett, Conference Paper, Association for Medical Education Europe , AMEE 2006, Genoa.

Changing the curriculum – reform of the old while developing the new – a benefit to studentsCarmichael, A., MacCarrick, G. R., & Stanton, P. Conference Paper, Association for Medical Education in Europe, AMEE, Amsterdam, 2005.

Consumer and community participation in the medical curriculum: values in actionNewell, CJ, MacCarrick, GR Conference Paper, ANZAME Annual Conference 2005, Auckland, New Zealand, 100 (2005).

Preparedness for Hospital Practice MacCarrick GR. Conference Presentation Teaching Matters Conference, University of Tasmania, 2004