About Michael Tam

Michael Tam is a Staff Specialist in General Practice at the Academic General Practice Unit in Fairfield Hospital, located in South Western Sydney. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia. His clinical interest is in comorbid substance use disorder and mental health disorders. His research interests are in the detection of at-risk drinking in the primary care setting, and in e-learning in medical education.

Radio interview on 2UE Lifestyle Overnight program

I was interviewed on the 2UE Lifestyle Overnight with David Prior program on the current influenza season.

Michael is from the GP Unit at Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.

As you may know NSW is in the midst of the worst flu season on record with more than 8000 influenza cases confirmed in the past week alone. Flu patients were presenting to the state’s emergency departments in greater numbers than ever before, the latest NSW Health Influenza Surveillance Report showed.

A record 18,357 confirmed flu cases were reported between January and July, more than double the number of cases in the same period in 2016.

General practitioner follow-up in older patients after an emergency department admission

This paper of a study looking at the interface between emergency departments and general practice in older people was published in Australian Family Physician. (PDF)

Watson B, Tam CWM, Pellizzon B, Ban L, Doan H. General practitioner follow-up in older patients after an emergency department admission. Australian Family Physician 2017 7/01;46:521-6.

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The Informatics Capability Maturity of Integrated Primary Care Centres in Australia

This paper on the informatics capability of primary care centres offering integrated models of care was just published online in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. (PDF)

Liaw S-T, Kearns R, Taggart J, Frank O, Lane R, Tam CWM, et al. The informatics capability maturity of integrated primary care centres in Australia. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2017;105:89-97.

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General practitioner follow-up in older patients after an emergency department admission

The oral presentation was given at the Health Beyond Research & Innovation Showcase (South Western Sydney Local Health District, and Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research), Campbelltown NSW, Australia, 7-8 June 2017. (presentation; abstract).

Tam CWM, Watson B, Pellizon B, Ban L, Doan H.  General practitioner follow-up in older patients after an emergency department admission. Health Beyond Research & Innovation Showcase, Campbelltown NSW, Australia, 7-8 June 2017. Continue reading

Can research that is not intended or unlikely to be published be considered ethical?

This paper on research ethics was published in the June 2017 edition of Australian Family Physician (PDF).

Barton C, Tam CWM, Abbott P, Hall S, Liaw S. Can research that is not intended or unlikely to be published be considered ethical? Australian family physician 2017 6/01;46:442-4.

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