GoldNet Research is led by a steering group.


Professor Nick Zwar - Bond University

Steering group members:

Professor Mark Morgan - Bond University

Ms Debbie Davies - Gold Coast PHN

Associate Professor Lauren Ball - Griffith University

Assistant Professor Katrina McLean - General Practice Gold Coast

Dr Loai Albarqouni - Bond Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare

Anthea Blower - Practice Manager - Hope Island and Helensvale Medical Centres

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Prof Nick Zwar

Nick is Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University and conjoint Professor of General Practice in the School of Population Health at University of New South Wales.  He has a national and international reputation in health services research on prevention and management of chronic illness, with a focus on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. He also has a long-term interest in travel medicine and as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners he is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Nick has over 230 peer reviewed publications.


Nick has experience with practice-based research having previously led a network at the University of New South Wales and was a strong advocate for research networks when he was president of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care from 2013-2015. His current professional memberships and positions are: Chair Expert Advisory Group RACGP smoking cessation guidelines; Member COPD-X Guideline, Lung Foundation Australia, Chair, RACGP Travel Medicine Specific Interest Group, Co-chair Australian Professional Association on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) Smoking Cessation Professionals Special Interest Group.

Nick has been a GP for more than 30 years and works part-time at Medical on Miami.