A/PROF Ruth McNair

A/PROF Ruth McNair


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



  • Ruth is an Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner in an inner-urban general practice. She is the inaugural Director of the General Practice and Primary Health Care Node (North West Academic Centre). This role involves coordinating the community based teaching and learning for medical students at the Northern and Western Clinical Schools; and recruiting, supporting and evaluating primary care placement sites. Further, Ruth is responsible to develop a research program focusing on health and health services issues for diverse populations in the growth corridors of outer West and Northern Melbourne. Her research interests are in the patient-doctor relationship, the health of lesbian and bisexual women, cultural diversity training, and inter-professional education. 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.   


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 -


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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

  • 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



Available for supervision

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