UQ appoints new Head of Rural Clinical School

30 Jun 2016

The University of Queensland has appointed Professor Sarah Strasser as Head of Rural Clinical School with the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The appointment has been announced by Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty, Professor Robyn Ward.

“Professor Strasser is an academic rural general practitioner with significant experience in leading and managing rural clinical programs within Australia and Canada,” Professor Ward said.

She has held several leadership roles and has been instrumental in expanding rural medical schools, including in the Northern Territory for Flinders University.

“Professor Strasser is recognised nationally and internationally for developing successful innovative medical education programs which have improved the rural health workforce.”

Professor Strasser will be responsible for leading the Faculty’s Rural Clinical School, developing the rural medical workforce and fostering the Faculty’s relationships with the state’s rural and regional hospitals and health services.

"I am delighted to be returning to Australia to take up this important position with The University of Queensland," Professor Strasser said.

"The UQ Rural Clinical School will have a major teaching and research role in the newly shaped UQ medical programs.

"This is an exciting opportunity for UQ to provide leadership in rural health nationally and internationally."

The UQ Rural Clinical School aims to address health workforce shortages in rural and regional areas through providing the highest quality education, training, research and community service.

Professor Strasser will commence as Head of School in August. 

Media: Kim Lyell, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, +61 3346 5214, 0427 530647,k.lyell@uq.edu.au.