Dr Graeme Horton

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 completed a Masters of Environmental Studies (with merit) 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.  In 2018 he obtained a PhD which explored 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. 

Teaching Expertise
Since 2006 Dr Horton has been involved in professional development of problem-based learning tutors and for written assessment writing.  He is a regular participant at item writing workshops for the Australian Medical Council examinations for which he is also a clinical examiner.     Dr Horton is Associate Dean of Interprofessional Learning and Student Wellbeing for the School of Medicine and Public Health at UON.  He has co-authored book chapters on interprofessional communication and on student support.  

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 from 2011 to 2018 was Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Medicine and from 2017-2018 Convenor of the new BMedSc/MD Program.   He is now Program Convenor of the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management).

Dr Horton is the Joint Medical Programs representative on the Consortium Policy Committee of the International Database for Enhanced Assessments and Learning (IDEAL) Consortium.   He convened the 2015 combined conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) and the Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) which hosted 600 delegates.   From 2011 to 2018 he was the Joint Medical Program representative on Test Management Committee of the UMAT Consortium.     


  • Doctor of Philosophy in General Practice, 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
  • Master of Environmental Studies, 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

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 80
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / 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 - 31/12/2010 Membership - Management Committee, Doctors for the Environment Management Committee, Doctors for the Environment


External Examiner

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


Year Title / Rationale
2011 Healthcare and Climate Change
Organisation: Association and Communication Events Description: Australian Health Care Congress
2008 National 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 (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Palmer L, Horton G, 'Communicating about end-of-life care and decisions', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Healthcare Students, Pearson, Victoria 236-250 (2019)
Co-authors Lorinda Palmer
2014 Levett-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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Sue Outram, Conor Gilligan
2011 Hanna EG, McCubbin J, Strazdins L, Horton G, 'Australia, "lucky country" or "climate change canary": Her children's future', Climate Change and Rural Child Health 231-246 (2011)

© 2011 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Human health is a function of multiple determinants. Whilst bio-genetics may be somewhat immutable, we can influence the ... [more]

© 2011 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Human health is a function of multiple determinants. Whilst bio-genetics may be somewhat immutable, we can influence the social and environmental conditions that determine health status. This chapter examines the impacts of climate change super-imposed upon decades of rural neglect, and upon rural living in a naturally difficult environment. The demonstrated manifestations of these are poor health outcomes, which renders rural children in Australia especially vulnerable to climate change. Here we propose to consider the specific features behind this vulnerability. Agriculture in Australia has long faced challenges due to the extreme variability in existing climate. International commodity market fluctuations and policies of economic rationalism have created a set of rural disadvantages that has driven many farmers off the land. Climate change is predicted to further exacerbate this trend by increasing the frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts, fires and floods. Recent weather patterns indicate that climate science predictions are already emerging. Survival of many rural communities depends upon local agricultural prosperity, such that downturns reverberate throughout regions. Yet despite the charm of country living, rurality has become an un- healthy determinant in Australia, across multiple parameters. Concerns over future viability of farming are generating physical and mental health problems among farming families. Once responsible for Australia's reputation as being the "lucky country", Australia's agricultural sector is now in danger of morphing into a "climate change canary", an early casualty of climate change. Rural Australia is in real peril, and rural children are especially vulnerable to becoming despondent about their future. Options exist to not only salvage Australia's rural future, but to engage rural communities in mitigation; however this requires commitment to pro-active and pro-rural climate change polices. As of mid 2010, such foresight has yet to appear on the political agenda, instead, we see policies promoting abandonment of rural industries.

Journal article (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Schwerdtle PN, Maxwell J, Horton G, Bonnamy J, ''12 tips for teaching environmental sustainability to health professionals'.', Med Teach, 1-6 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1551994
Citations Scopus - 4
2018 Pond D, Mate K, Stocks N, Gunn J, Disler P, Magin P, et al., 'Effectiveness of a peer-mediated educational intervention in improving general practitioner diagnostic assessment and management of dementia: a cluster randomised controlled trial.', BMJ open, 8 1-12 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021125
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Karen Mate, Dimity Pond, Natasha Weaver, Parker Magin
2018 Madden DL, McLean M, Horton GL, 'Preparing medical graduates for the health effects of climate change: an Australasian collaboration', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 208 291-+ (2018)
DOI 10.5694/mja17.01172
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2018 Lynagh M, Horton G, Nair BK, Walker M, Kelly B, Powis D, 'Student selection for medicine: Still a Thorny issue', Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences, 6 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.4103/amhs.amhs_45_18
Co-authors Kichu Nair, Marita Lynagh, Brian Kelly, Marjorie Walker
2015 Bonevski B, Magin P, Horton G, Bryant J, Randell M, Kimlin MG, 'An internet based approach to improve general practitioners' knowledge and practices: The development and pilot testing of the "ABC's of vitamin D" program', International Journal of Medical Informatics, 84 413-422 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2015.01.006
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Jamie Bryant, Billie Bonevski, Parker Magin
2012 Bonevski 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]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Parker Magin
2012 Bell 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]
DOI 10.1007/s10459-010-9245-4
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
2012 Pond 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]
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Dimity Pond, Karen Mate, Parker Magin
2011 Bonevski 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]
Citations Scopus - 87Web of Science - 91
Co-authors Parker Magin, Billie Bonevski
2010 Hanna 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]
2010 Horton 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00424.x
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 49
Co-authors Brian Kelly
2009 Green 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]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
2008 Fogarty 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]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
2007 Horton GL, Magin PJ, 'Healthy patients, healthy plant: Green recommendations for GP health promotion', Australian Family Physician, 36 1006-1008 (2007) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Parker Magin
Lynagh M, Kelly B, Horton G, Walker B, Powis D, Bore M, et al., 'Have we got the selection process right? The validity of selection tools for predicting academic performance in the first year of undergraduate medicine', MedEdPublish, 6
DOI 10.15694/mep.2017.000042
Co-authors Patrick Mcelduff, Ian Symonds, Brian Kelly, Marita Lynagh
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Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Horton G, Gilligan C, Wilson A, 'Equipping learners for proactive interprofessional problem-solving', Canberra (2019)
Co-authors Amanda Wilson, Conor Gilligan
2012 Horton 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]
2012 Horton 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]
2012 Beckett 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]
2010 Studdert 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]
2009 Magin 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-authors Parker Magin
2009 Pond 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-authors Dimity Pond, Karen Mate, Parker Magin
2009 Blashki 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]
2009 Blashki 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]
2009 Studdert CL, Smyth R, Horton GL, 'Investigating emerging technologies in medical teaching and learning', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009 Horton GL, Smyth R, 'ECG who am I?', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
2008 Horton GL, Magin PJ, 'ECG who am I? An enjoyable and interactive learning activity', AMEE 2008 Final Abstract Book, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Parker Magin
2008 Horton 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]
2008 Blashki 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 grants 4
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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Graeme Horton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400314
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

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 body ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research)
Project Team Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Professor Brian Kelly, Doctor Graeme Horton, Emeritus Professor David Powis, Associate Professor Miles Bore, Conjoint Associate Professor Donald Munro, Professor Ian Symonds, Conjoint Professor Nicky Hudson
Scheme UMAT Consortium Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201096
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

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 - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Graeme Horton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200029
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Graeme Horton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100833
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE


Global health and medical powerhouse

March 27, 2015

More than 650 of the world’s leading health and medical educators are in Newcastle for the ANZAHPE AMEA 2015 conference

Dr Graeme Horton


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

Focus area

Medical Education and Professional Development

Contact Details

Email graeme.horton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7775
Fax (02) 4921 7165


Room Bowman Building BB1-09
Building Bowman Building
Location Bowman Building