A/PROF Ruth McNair

A/PROF Ruth McNair


  • General Practice
  • Health inequalities
  • Lesbian and bisexual women's health



  • Ruth is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner in an inner-urban general practice. Her research interests include the health of lesbian and bisexual women such as their alcohol use and sexual health, lesbian parenting, and LGBTI homelessness. She has expertise in health professional education and has designed curricula in communication skills and cultural diversity, and online training in LGBT health care.She was awarded a PhD in 2010 for a qualitative project that explored the patient-doctor relationship between same-sex attracted women and their usual GP. She has received research funding from NHMRC, ARC, State and Federal Governments, beyond blue and most recently VicHealth. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017, and is a life member of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, and the Victorian AIDS Council.   


Member of

  • Australian Lesbian Medical Association. Professional membership 1999 -
  • Australian Medical Association. Professional membership 1997 -
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Fellow of the College 1993 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • FRACGP, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2004
  • DA (UK), Royal College of Anaesthetists 1992
  • DRANZCOG, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1990
  • MB, University of Melbourne 1986
  • BS, University of Melbourne 1986

Awards and honors

  • Victorian Honour Roll of Women, 2017
  • Ten Years Long Service award as an RACGP Examiner, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2010
  • Alan Chancellor Medal for Best First time presenter of a research paper, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2006
  • Primary Health Care Research Scholarship, NHMRC, 2004
  • Cultural Diversity Award, Academic Staff, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 1994



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