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Dr Graeme Horton

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Medical Education and Professional Development)

Career Summary


A career in medical education has enabled Dr Horton to combine a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning with continuing fulfilment from a wide range of roles in clinical medicine and preventative healthcare in regional and rural communities. He trained in rural general practice in locations including Alice Springs, rural Tasmania and the Western Plains of NSW. An anaesthetics training post at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals, UK completed the requirements for a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice. He has worked in remote communities of the Northern Territory as a District Medical Officer of the Aerial Medical Service, and now works in general practice in Newcastle.

Research Expertise
Dr Horton is actively involved in medical education research and has presented on innovative methods of teaching and learning at the Association of Medical Education in Europe conference in 2008 and at the ANZAME conferences in 2009 and 2010. He completed a Masters of Environmental Studies at the University of Newcastle in 2006 and as a member of the Management Committee of Doctors for the Environment, Australia co-authored the “Climate Change Health Check 2020 report for the Climate Institute in 2008, about which he presented at the 61st United Nations Department of Public Information/ NGO conference. His publications in peer-reviewed journals include a number of articles on the links between preventative health advice and environmental sustainability and on the health impacts of climate change.

Teaching Expertise
Since 2006 Dr Horton has been involved in professional development of problem-based learning tutors and for written assessment writing. He is the Joint Medical Programs representative on the Consortium Policy Committee of the International Database for Enhanced Assessments and Learning (IDEAL) Consortium. He chairs the medical programs Written Assessment Committee and has been a regular participant at item writing workshops for the Australian Medical Council examinations.

Administrative Expertise
Since first joining the University of Newcastle as a Rural Undergraduate Support and Coordination academic in 2005, Dr Horton's roles in the medical program have included Chair of the Rural Implementation Committee in 2008, Coordinator for the Year 3 Professional Practice course from 2006 to 2008. and Year 3 Chair of the Joint Medical Program of the University of Newcastle and the University of New England in 2009 and 2010. He was Discipline Lead in Medical Education 2010 to mid- 2012 and since 2011 has been Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Medicine.

Dr Horton has collaborated with colleagues at the University of New England in a number of projects in medical education research including peer review of teaching and the use of eportfolios in higher education. He is completing a PhD on the attitudes of Australian medical students to the incorporation of the topic of climate change health impacts in the medical school curriculum with supervisors from the University of Newcastle and the University of Melbourne. This project is an activity of the Adaptation Research Network of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.


  • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Graduate Certificate in Population Health, University of Newcastle


  • Peer review of teaching
  • climate change
  • e-learning
  • e-portfolio
  • environmental education
  • environmental health
  • medical education
  • problem-based learning

Fields of Research

110399Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified80
111705Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 31/12/2015Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
21/11/2007 - 31/12/2007Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
8/06/2006 - 31/12/2006Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2006 - Membership - Executive Committee of Australian Association of Academic General Practice Executive Committee of Australian Association of Academic General Practice
1/01/2006 - 31/12/2010Membership - Management Committee, Doctors for the EnvironmentManagement Committee, Doctors for the Environment


External Examiner

YearTitle / Rationale
2010Year 5 Medicine OSCE exams
Organisation: James Cook University Description: Provision of Quality Assurance for OSCE examinations


YearTitle / Rationale
2011Healthcare and Climate Change
Organisation: Association and Communication Events Description: Australian Health Care Congress
2008National Public Health Reform Summit
Organisation: Inforrma Description: Climate change and health impacts for Australia


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

2014Levett-Jones T, Gilligan C, Outram S, Horton G, 'Key Attributes of Patient-Safe Communication', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Health Professionals, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 12-25 (2014) [B2]
Co-authorsConor Gilligan, Sue Outram, Tracy Levett-Jones

Journal article (9 outputs)

2012Bonevski B, Girgis A, Magin PJ, Horton GL, Brozek I, Armstrong B, 'Prescribing sunshine: A cross-sectional survey of 500 Australian general practitioners' practices and attitudes about vitamin D', International Journal of Cancer, 130 2138-2145 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authorsParker Magin, Billie Bonevski
2012Bell E, Horton GL, Blashki G, Seidel BM, 'Climate change: Could it help develop 'adaptive expertise'?', Advances in Health Sciences Education, 17 211-224 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2012Pond CD, Brodaty H, Stocks NP, Gunn J, Marley JE, Disler P, et al., 'Ageing in general practice (AGP) trial: A cluster randomised trial to examine the effectiveness of peer education on GP diagnostic assessment and management of dementia', BMC Family Practice, 13 1-9 (2012) [C3]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authorsParker Magin, Karen Mate, Dimity Pond
2011Bonevski B, Magin PJ, Horton GL, Foster M, Girgis A, 'Response rates in GP surveys: Trialling two recruitment strategies', Australian Family Physician, 40 427-430 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 30Web of Science - 28
Co-authorsBillie Bonevski, Parker Magin
2010Hanna E, McCubbin J, Strazdins L, Horton GL, 'Australia, lucky country or climate change canary: What future for her rural children?', International Public Health Journal, 2 501-512 (2010) [C1]
2010Horton GL, Hanna L, Kelly BJ, 'Drought, drying and climate change: Emerging health issues for ageing Australians in rural areas', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29 2-7 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 18Web of Science - 15
Co-authorsBrian Kelly
2009Green EIH, Blashki G, Berry HL, Harley D, Horton GL, Hall G, 'Preparing Australian medical students for climate change', Australian Family Physician, 38 726-729 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2008Fogarty A, Blashki G, Morrell E, Horton GL, 'The GreenClinic Pilot - Educational intervention for environmentally sustainable general practice', Australian Family Physician, 37 681-683 (2008) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2007Horton GL, Magin PJ, 'Healthy patients, healthy plant: Green recommendations for GP health promotion', Australian Family Physician, 36 1006-1008 (2007) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsParker Magin
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Conference (13 outputs)

2012Horton GL, 'Implications of the timing of a health equity selective on student preferences for overseas experience', Abstracts. Rendez-Vous 2012, Thunder Bay, Canada (2012) [E3]
2012Horton GL, Paterson NE, Walker BL, Worthington A, 'Nedelsky standard setting for MCQs: Panelists' perceptions of usefulness', Abstracts.15th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012) [E3]
2012Beckett L, Carroll G, Horton GL, Nagel A, McKeown P, 'iPad innovation: The introduction of iPads to an undergraduate medical degree', ANZAHPE 2012. Conference Proceedings & Programme, Rotorua, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
2010Studdert CL, Horton GL, Griffin B, Smyth R, 'Investigating emerging technologies in medical teaching & learning: From idea to implementation - Where are we now?', ANZAME 2010: Overcoming Barriers, Re(E)Forming Professional Practice, - (2010) [E3]
2009Blashki G, Towle N, Horton GL, 'The role of the health sector in mitigating climate change', 10th National Rural Health Conference: Rural Health: The Place To Be: Program, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E3]
2009Magin PJ, Horton GL, 'ECG who am I?: An educational tool to promote ECG and dermatological systematic interpretive skills', General Practice Education and Training Annual Convention. Abstracts, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsParker Magin
2009Blashki G, Horton GL, McGain F, 'Assessing the risks to healthcare facilities due to climate change', Informa's 2nd Annual Green Hospitals Conference. Agenda, Melbourne (2009) [E3]
2009Pond CD, Magin PJ, Paterson NE, Horton GL, Goode SM, Swain J, et al., 'Diagnosing dementia in general practice: A team approach?', National Dementia Research Forum 2009, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsParker Magin, Dimity Pond, Karen Mate
2009Studdert CL, Smyth R, Horton GL, 'Investigating emerging technologies in medical teaching and learning', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Horton GL, Smyth R, 'ECG who am I?', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
2008Horton GL, Blashki G, Fogarty A, Morrell E, 'GreenClinic - A pilot program to promote environmentally sustainable general practice', 2008 General Practice & Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts, Hobart, TAS (2008) [E3]
2008Horton GL, Magin PJ, 'ECG who am I? An enjoyable and interactive learning activity', AMEE 2008 Final Abstract Book, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsParker Magin
2008Blashki G, Horton GL, King D, Castleden B, 'A climate of change: What doctors can do about climate change?', Wonca Asia Pacific Regional Conference combined with the RACGP Annual Scientific Convention: Abstract Guide, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants4
Total funding$80,921

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20141 grants / $2,000

2014 Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Ontario Canada, 26-29 April 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Graeme Horton
SchemeTravel Grant
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
Type Of FundingInternal

20122 grants / $76,921

The validity of UMAT and other selection tools for predicting student academic and non-academic performance in a medical program$75,000

Funding body: ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research)

Funding bodyACER (Australian Council for Educational Research)
Project TeamDoctor Marita Lynagh, Professor Brian Kelly, Doctor Graeme Horton, Conjoint Professor David Powis, Doctor Miles Bore, Conjoint Associate Professor Donald Munro, Professor Ian Symonds, Professor Nicky Hudson
SchemeUMAT Consortium Research Grant
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government

15th Ottawa conference: assessment of competence in medicine and the healthcare professions, Kuala Lumpar, 11-13 March 2012$1,921

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Graeme Horton
SchemeTravel Grant
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
Type Of FundingInternal

20111 grants / $2,000

AMEE Conference 2011, Vienna, Austria, 29 - 31 August 2011$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Graeme Horton
SchemeTravel Grant
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
Type Of FundingInternal


Health and Medical conference

Global health and medical powerhouse

March 27, 2015

Innovation in health and medical professional education and challenges in clinical training will be on the table when hundreds of the field's global leaders converge in Newcastle this week for two global conferences.

Dr Graeme Horton


Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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Focus area

Medical Education and Professional Development

Contact Details
Phone(02) 4921 7775
Fax(02) 4921 7165


RoomBowman Building BB1-09
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