Launch of the WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook

I have been privileged to contribute a chapter to the recently launched “WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook.” 

The book may be accessed online for free: click on the title above if you want to go to the website.

Here is my chapter: 2014_Models for undergraduate rural health placements.

The full reference is:

  • Doherty J. 2014. Chapter 4.3.1. Models for undergraduate rural health placements. In: Chater AB, Rourke J, Couper ID, Strasser RP, Reid S (eds). WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook. World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA): WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. Available at:




Partnering professional leadership with good management

A colleague drew my attention to this blog post by Becky Malby, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at Leeds University in the UK:  The potential of UK/South Africa collaboration in health leadership and management.

In the blog she reflects on her recent visit to South Africa and suggests some priorities for health system transformation which I find refreshing.

Her suggestions speak to the issue of how to restore order to a highly complex and sometimes floundering health system: should (and can) order be imposed from above or are more local, dynamic solutions required?

Harnessing clinical academic leadership to transform rural health systems

Here are the powerpoint slides for a presentation I gave on behalf of colleagues at the most recent Prince Mahidol Award Conference which was held in Thailand between 27 and 31 January 2014.

The theme of the conference “Transformative Learning for Health Equity” and it focused on issues around the production of human resources to achieve universal health coverage. You can look at more presentations from the conference on the conference website.

The title of our paper was:  Doherty J, Couper I, Campbell D, Walker J. 2014. Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa:  PS2.1 Jane Doherty


Developing clinical leadership in support of rural health systems

My colleagues – Ian Couper, David Campbell and Judi Walker – and I have just published a new article in Rural and Remote Health.

It is called “Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa.”

Here is the PDF version:  RRH article_clinical academic leadership.

Will mid-level medical workers address staff shortages in public hospitals?

Here is my latest article on clinical associates:

Doherty J. 2013. Addressing staff shortages at public hospitals: a role for clinical associates? Public Health Association of Southern Africa Newsletter February 28. Available at:

Mid-level medical workers in South Africa

I have just published the following open source article on mid-level medical health workers (Clinical Associates) in South Africa:


Doherty J, Conco D, Couper I, Fonn S. (2013) Developing a new mid-level health worker: lessons from South Africa’s experience with Clinical Associates. Global Health Action; 6: 19282. Available at:

Building capacity for health policy research

My latest article on building capacity for health policy research is below:

Bennett S, Corluka A, Doherty J, Tangcharoensathien V. 2012. Approaches to developing the capacity of health policy analysis institutes: a comparative case study. Health Research Policy and Systems; 10(7): 1-9.