GoldNet Research is led by a steering group.

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Professor Nick Zwar

Bond University

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.

Steering Group Members

Professor Mark Morgan

Bond University

Mark is Professor of General Practice at Bond University and Associate Dean of External Engagement for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. His research interests include shared decision making, antimicrobial stewardship, multimorbidity, patient safety and using GP data to improve health outcomes.


Mark is a GP with over 20 years’ Australian experience working in rural, regional and urban general practice, currently working at Eastbrooke Family Clinic in Varsity.  He is the Chair of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Expert Committee for Quality Care, where he advises on healthcare policy and the development of guidelines.


Mark’s current appointments include chairing the national Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) Data Governance Committee. He is a member of the National Preventative Health Strategy, Health Care Homes Implementation Advisory Group and the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG).

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Ms Debbie Davies

Gold Coast PHN

Debbie is the Research, Innovation and Population Health Manager at Gold Coast PHN currently managing the Primary SenseTM data extraction, analytic and point of care decision support tool for general practices.

As a Registered Nurse, Debbie worked  in ICU for 15 years before managing projects at the Ministry of Health in New Zealand which included safe medication management and the transfer of care. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Associate Professor Kylie Vuong

Griffith University

Kylie is Associate Professor in Primary Care and Academic Lead in General Practice at Griffith University. She undertakes collaborative teaching and research to improve patient health outcomes through whole person patient-centred care. Kylie is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.


She was awarded BSc (Medicine) and MBBS degrees from UNSW Sydney, a MIPH (Merit) degree from The University of Sydney, and PhD in Cancer Epidemiology from The University of Sydney.She has developed, by use of data from a large Australian population-based case-control study, a melanoma risk prediction model based on self-assessed risk factors. This melanoma risk prediction model has been adopted by the Melanoma Institute Australia as an online Melanoma Prediction Tool. She is currently working to improve cancer survivorship through lifestyle improvement strategies and shared care planning.


Kylie is passionate about primary health care and general practice.

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Assistant Professor Katrina McLean

General Practice Gold Coast

Dr McLean is GP Gold Coast’s representative.  She studied Medicine at the University of Otago and graduated in 2003. She has worked in diverse range of settings and enjoys all aspects of General Practice. She is also a member of the AMA and her special interests are Women’s and Children’s health, Antenatal and postnatal care, Sexual health and contraception, Family Planning, Fertility Assessment, Chronic Disease Management, Lifestyle coaching, Preventative Medicine, Indigenous Health and Maori Health.

Assistant Professor Loai Albarqouni

Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University

Loai is MD MSc ClinEpi PhD, is a medically-trained epidemiologist and postdoctoral researcher, graduated with distinction in medicine (Alquds University, Palestine), a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology (Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität München, Germany), and a PhD in Evidence-Based Practice (Bond University). Loai currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow and academic of evidence-based medicine at the Institute of Evidence-Based Healthcare (IEBH) at Bond University. Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University Dr Albarqouni is an early career researcher with a focus on improving the uptake of evidence-based practice in primary care. His research expertise includes evidence synthesis, evidence-based practice, shared decision making, and overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

Anthea Blower

Practice Manager: Hope Island and Helensvale Medical Centres

Anthea Blower is a Certified Practice Manager who has worked in Gold Coast general practices for close to 30 years. She was awarded the AAPM QLD Practice.  Manager of the Year in 2016 and currently serves on the GCPHN Primary Health Improvement Committee.  Anthea is passionate about improving general practice, and has introduced a range of initiatives to enhance the business development and service delivery options for patients.

Alexandra Davidson

GoldNet Coordinator, Bond University

Ali is a PhD student at Bond University and research assistant with the Institute for Evidenced-based Healthcare and GoldNet. Ali is the coordinator of GoldNet Research supporting the steering committee. She comes from a background as an Accredited Practising Dietitian having worked in primary care, mental health, and acute hospital settings. Her PhD topic is exploring the patient's experience and role in interprofessional collaborative practice in primary care.

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