MBBS, MPH&TM, DipRACOG
Phone: 07 4781 5025
Medical 1 (Building 39), Room 126
Professor Richard Murray is the Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University (JCU). At JCU he leads Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and related research and service. He is also responsible for general practice training for 90% of Queensland under the Australian General Practice Training Program. Professor Murray’s career focus has been in rural generalist medicine, Aboriginal health, public health, tropical medicine, medical and health professional education and the healthcare needs of underserved populations. He has a national and international profile in rural medical education and rural medicine and has held a range of leadership positions.
Professor Murray is acting President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, a Director on the Board of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service and a past President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Prior to joining JCU as Planning Director of the Rural Clinical School in 2005, Professor Murray spent 14 years in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council.
Areas of professional interest and leadership include:
Research interests include meeting the needs of medically underserved populations, health workforce innovation, chronic disease and application of evidence, information technology and quality enhancement systems in health care practice.
For more information please see Research portfolio
Awarded to JCU rural medicine teaching team (Sengupta T, Grant M, Murray R, McKenzie A, Harrison K) for “developing an evidence-based approach to rural teaching for medical students that is integrated geographically and across the course, and closely connected to industry”.
Awarded to the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council for development of a text which ‘used over 40 systematic reviews from the Cochrane Library’ and is ‘an example of how Cochrane evidence has influenced health policy including supporting development of evidence-based initiatives such as the introduction of a Medicare rebate for a preventive health assessment in younger Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders’ (for Couzos S, Murray R. Aboriginal Primary Health Care – an Evidence Based Approach 2nd Ed Oxford University Press 2003)
Awarded for the best original research article published in the Medical Journal of Australia each year, as judged by the Editors and Content Review Committee of the MJA (for: Couzos S, Lea T, Mueller R, Murray R, Culbong M. Effectiveness of ototopical antibiotics for chronic suppurative otitis media in Aboriginal children: a community-based, multicentre, double-blind randomised controlled trial. Med J Aust. 2003 Aug 18;179(4):185-90.)
For chronic suppurative otitis media RCT (Couzos S, Lea T, Mueller R, Murray R, Culbong M)