Associate Professor Joel Rhee
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Joel Rhee


Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

About me:
I am an academic GP leading the Discipline of General Practice and Primary Care at the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney. I am a highly motivated teacher, researcher and clinician with a passion for improving the delivery of care by primary health care professionals in people who are most in need, especially people with palliative and supportive care needs, older people especially those living in residential aged care homes, and people with advanced and chronic conditions especially cancer. I am interested in collaborative research, and in supervising higher research degree students including MRes and PhD.

Memberships of professional societies and organisations:
- RACGP (Cancer and Palliative Care Network - Chair, National Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee (NREEC), Clinical Examiner, Fellow)
- Australian Journal of General Practice Editorial Advisory Committee
- NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation Palliative Care Network Executive
- Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care
- Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) (Palliative Care Engine Room - co-chair, Early Career Researcher Network - co-chair; Advisory and Scientific Committees)
- Australian Medical Council (Medicine, Population Health and Ethics Writing Panel, clinical examiner)
- Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) (Primary Care Working Group - chair, Cancer Survivorship Group Executive)

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Fox J; Thamm C; Mitchell G; Emery J; Rhee J; Hart NH; Yates P; Jefford M; Koczwara B; Halcomb E; Steinhardt R; O’Reilly R; Chan RJ, 2022, 'Cancer survivorship care and general practice: A qualitative study of roles of general practice team members in Australia', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 30, pp. e1415 - e1426,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Poulos RG; Marwood S; Harkin D; Opher S; Clift S; Cole AMD; Rhee J; Beilharz K; Poulos CJ, 2019, 'Arts on prescription for community-dwelling older people with a range of health and wellness needs', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 27, pp. 483 - 492,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Tam CWM; Khan AH; Knight A; Rhee J; Price K; McLean K, 2018, 'How doctors conceptualise P values: A mixed methods study', Australian journal of general practice, vol. 47, pp. 705 - 710,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Mortimer NJ; Rhee JJ; Guy R; Hayen A; Lau AYS, 2015, 'A Web-Based Personally Controlled Health Management System Increases Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening Rates in Young People: A Randomized Controlled Trial', J Am Med Inform Assoc, vol. 22, pp. 805 - 814,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Rhee J; Zwar NA; Kemp LA, 2011, 'How is advance care planning conceptualised in Australia?: Findings from key informant interviews', Australian Health Review, vol. 35, pp. 197 - 203,

Available on request.

2021 Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) Geoff Mitchell Rising Star Award
2015 Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care Travel Fellowship – University of Edinburgh
2014 UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine Award for Best PhD Thesis
2013 UNSW Medicine Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2011 Alan Hodgkinson Prize for Excellence in Teaching (School of Public Health and Community Medicine)
2008 Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care Travel Fellowship – University of Queensland
2007 Alan Chancellor Award for Best First Time Presenter – RACGP National Conference

Research Interests:
Primary care research focusing on advance care decision-making and planning. Primary palliative care research on barriers to GP involvement in palliative care and end of life care planning. Research in early detection and cancer survivorship in general practice. Chronic disease management including alignment of goals of care, de-prescribing and de-referring. Medical education research including digital health. Clinical supervisor training and development using digital technologies.

Broad Research Areas:
Primary Health Care, Ageing, Cancer, Primary Palliative Care

My Teaching

UNSW Medicine program including current convenor of Phase 3 Primary Care.

(Planned) Postgraduate coursework including Masters programs at the School of Population Health.

(Planned) Short courses in primary aged care and primary palliative care.