Professor Lucie Walters

Professor Lucie Walters
 Position Director
 Org Unit Adelaide Rural Clinical School
 Telephone +61 4 0969 2359
 Location ,   Mount Gambier
  • Biography/ Background

    Lucie Walters, PhD, MBBS (UoA), DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, FACRRM is Director of Adealide Rural Clinical School. Her experience in rural medical educational leadership spans across the continuum from vocational, and prevocational arenas to medical school longitudinal integrated clinical placements. She was instrumental in developing Australia's reputation for longitudinal integrated clerkships, contributing particularly to Flinders University, Otago University and University of Northern Ontario programs.

    Lucie has worked as a rural generalist in Mount Gambier since 1993 with clinical scope during this time covering: general practice, emergency medicine and inpatient care. She currently works as a GP procedural obstetrician. With a PhD in medical education, Lucie recognises the importance in educational scholarship and context relevant rural clinical research. She has demonstrated research expertise in the fields of work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways and workforce, and more recently rural health service research.

    Lucie is passionate about improving the health outcomes of rural people through the education, training and professional support of rural doctors. She is past President of the Australian College or Rural and Remote Medicine and still serves on the Assessment and Research committees for the College. As a graduate of the Company Director’s course and member of the National Medical Training Advisory Committee she has a clear commitment to education governance.


  • Awards & Achievements

    2015   South Australian Regional Awards, Murraylands and Riverland ReturnToWorkSA Health Award. Presented to Flinders University Rural Clinical School for creating and developing quality health care outcomes and health education across rural South Australia through training, research and community engagement.

    2013    Advantage Regional Development Awards, Limestone Coast

    Award in Innovation. Presented to Flinders University Rural Clinical School for developing standardised patient clinical training program to support health professional student training and professional development rural health services across rural South Australia.

    2013    Advantage Regional Development Awards, Limestone Coast - Finalist Health. Presented to Flinders University Rural Clinical School Parallel Rural Community Curriculum for attracting medical students to a career in rural medicine and providing them with a training pathway to make this happen.

    2013     Louis Arotti Award for Innovation and Excellence in Rural Health

    2008    South Australian Women’s Honour Roll

    2007     Carrick Institute Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. Category: Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations encompassing partnerships between universities and other organisations.

    2007     Outstanding Achievement - Departmental. Southern Operations Staff Achievement Awards. Presented to Medical Education Committee of Mt Gambier & District Health Services.           

    2006     Business and Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) award for best collaboration with a regional focus (research and development).

  • Publications


    1.       Bentley M, Dummond N, Isaac V, Hodge H, Walters L. (2019). Doctors’ rural practice self‚Äźefficacy is associated with current and intended small rural locations of practice. Aust J Rural Health. 2019;00:1–7.

    2.       Somporn P, Walters L, Ash J. (2018) Expectations of Rural Community-Based Medical Education: A case study from Thailand. Rural and Remote Health    

    3.       Walters L, Walker L. (2018) Rural medicine ‘cooking up’ Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships Rural and Remote Health

    4.       Witney M, Isaac V, Playford D, Walker L, Garne D, Walters L. (2018) Block versus longitudinal integrated clerkships: students’ views of rural clinical supervision Medical Education    

    5.       Somporn P, Ash J, Walters L. (2018) Stakeholder Views of Rural Community-Based Medical Education: A Narrative Review. Medical Education

    6.       Barton, E.B., Twining, L.D. and Walters, L.K. (2017). Understanding the decision to commence a dose administration aidAustralian Family Physician, 46(12) pp. 943-947.

    7.       Campbell D, Walters L, Couper I, Greacen J. (2017) What are they thinking? Facilitating clinical reasoning through longitudinal patient exposure in rural. Rural and Remote Health 2017 Available at:

    8.       Greenhill J, Richards J, Mahoney S, Campbell N, Walters L. (2017) Transformative learning in medical education: context matters, a South Australian Longitudinal Study. Journal of Transformative Education 16(1) pp. 58-75. DOI: 10.1177/1541344617715710

    9.       Walters LK, McGrail MR, Carson DB, et al. (2017) Where to next for rural general practice policy and research in Australia? The Medical Journal of Australia;207:56-8.

    10.   Charlton S, Schoo A, Walters L (2017) Early dynamic ultrasound for neonatal hip instability to optimise conservative management: A systematic review. BMC Paediatrics

    11.   Walters L, Seal A, McGirr J, Stewart R, Dewitt D, Playford D. (2016) The effect of medical student preference on rural clinical school experience and career intentions. Rural and Remote Health  Available at:

    12.   Eley DS, Laurence C, David M, Cloninger CR, Walters L.(2016) Rethinking registrar attributes for Australian rural general practice training. Australian Journal of Rural Health. doi:10.1111/ajr.12319

    13.   Laurence CO, Eley DS, Walters L, Elliott T, Cloninger CR. Personality characteristics and attributes of international medical graduates in general practice training: Implications for supporting this valued Australian workforce. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 2016;24(5):333-9.

    14.   Walters L, Brooks K. Integration, continuity and longitudinality: the ‘what’ that makes patient-centred learning in clinical clerkships. Medical Education. 2016; 50 (9):889-91.

    15.   King K, Purcell R, Quinn S, Schoo A, Walters L. (2016) Supports for medical students during rural clinical placements: factors associated with intention to practice in rural locations. Rural and Remote Health (online); 16: 3791 Available at:

    16.   Isaac V, Walters L, McLachlan C. (2015) Association between self-efficacy, career interest and rural career intent in Australian medical students with rural clinical school experience. BMJ Open. 2015;5:e009574.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009574: Available at

    17.   Shahi R, Walters L, Ward H, Woodman RJ, Prideaux D. (2015) Clinical participation of medical students in three contemporary training models. Medical Education. 49(12):1219-28.

    18.   Eley DS, Laurence C, Cloninger CR, Walters L. (2015) Who attracts whom to rural general practice? Variations in temperament and character profiles of GP registrars across difference vocational training pathways. Rural and Remote Health 15:3426 (online) 2015. Available at:

    19.   Law I, Walters L. (2015) Career influence of international medical electives in low and middle income countries.  BMC Medical Education, 15:202 URL:

    20.   Gladman J, Ryder C, Walters L. (2015) Measuring and improving cultural safety in a rural clinical school. Rural and Remote Health 15: 3050. (Online) 2015 Available at: 

    21.   Greenhill J, Fielke K, Richards J, Walker L Walters L. (2015) Towards an understanding of medical student resilience in longitudinal integrated clerkships. BMC Medical Education 15:137 URL:

    22.   Walters L,   Laurence C,  Dollard J,  Elliott T, Eley D. (2015) Exploring resilience in rural GP registrars – implications for training. BMC Medical Education 15:110 DOI: 10.1186/s12909-015-0399-x    Available at:

    23.   Heddle W, Roberton G, Mahoney S, Walters L, Ash J, Strasser S, Worley P. (2014) Challenges in transformation of “traditional block rotation” medical student clinical education into a longitudinal integrated clerkship model. Education for Health: change in learning & practice 2014;27: 138-42

    24.   Kelly L, Walters L, Rosenthal D.(2014) Community-based Medical Education: is success a result of meaningful personal learning experiences? Education for Health 27(1): p. 47.

    25.   Kleinitz, A., Campbell D, Walters L. (2014) General practice registrar perceptions on training medical students. Australian Family Physician, 43: p. 64-67.

    26.   Eley D, Cloninger R, Walters L, Laurence C, Synnott R, Wilkinson D.(2013)  The relationship between resilience and personality traits in doctors: implications for enhancing wellbeing. Peer J Available at:

    27.   Burton H, Walters L. (2013) Access to Medicare-funded annual comprehensive health assessments for rural people with intellectual disability. Rural and Remote Health 13: 2278. (Online) Available:

    28.   Gum, L., J. Richards, L. Walters, J. Forgan, M. Lopriore and C. Nobes (2012). Immersing Undergraduates into an Interprofessional Longitudinal Rural Placement.  Rural and Remote Health 12 2271: Available:

    29.   Walters L, Greenhill J, Richards J, Ash J, Campbell N, Schuwirth L (2012) Outcomes of Longitudinal Integrated Clinical Placements for students, clinicians and society. Medical Education 46(11): 1028-1041 PMID: 23078680

    30.   Charlton S, Muir L, Skinner T, Walters L, (2012) Pilot Evaluation of Anterior Dynamic Ultrasound Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in a Regional Hospital. Rural and Remote Health 12 (online) 2091. Available:

    31.   Mahoney S, Ash J, Walters L, (2012) Urban Community Based Medical Education - General practice at the core of a new approach to teaching medical students. Australian Family Physician 41(8)631-636

    32.   Hirsh D, Walters L, Poncelet A, (2012) Better learning, better doctors, better delivery system: Possibilities from a case study of longitudinal integrated clerkships. Medical Teacher 34(7):548-54. PMID: 22746961

    33.   Ash J, Walters L, Prideaux D, Wilson I (2012). The Context of clinical teaching and learning in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia 196(7): doi: 10.5694/mja5610.11488.

    34.   Walters L, Stagg P, Conradie H, Halsey J, Campbell D, D’Amore A, Greenhill J (2011) Community Engagement by two Australian Rural Clinical Schools. Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement. 6(2): p. 27-56.

    35.   Walters L, Hirsh D. (2011) Teaching in general practice: considering conceptual lenses. Medical Education 45:660-662 PMID: 21649697

    36.   Young L, Kent L, Walters L. (2011) The John Flynn Placement Program: Evidence for repeated rural exposure for medical students. Aust J Rural Health 19(3):147-53. PMID: 21605228   

    37.   Walters L, Prideaux D, et al. (2011) Demonstrating the value of longitudinal integrated placements for general practice preceptors. Medical Education; 45: 455-63 PMID: 21486321

    38.   Farry P, Adams J, Walters L, Worley P, Dovey S. (2010) Development of the Rural Immersion Programme for 5th Year medical students at the University of Otago. NZ Med J; 123 (1323) PMID: 20930906.

    39.   Walters, L. (2009). How and why rural general practitioners commit the time to precept medical students. Health Professional Education. Adelaide, Flinders University. PhD.

    40.   Walters L, Prideaux D, et al. (2009) What do general practitioners do differently when consulting with a medical student? Medical Education (43)268-273 PMID: 19250354

    41.   Walters L, Worley P, et al. (2008) Do consultations in rural general practice take more time when precepting medical students? Medical Education (42)69-73 PMID: 18181846

    42.   Walters L, Prideaux D, Worley P, Kupa A. (2007) Designing a curriculum for rural interns in South Australia. Focus on Health Professional Education 9(3) 57 – 64

    43.   Ranmuthugala G, et al. (2007). Where is the evidence that rural exposure increases uptake of rural medical practice? Aust J Rural Health 15(5), 285–288 PMID: 17760911

    44.   Walters L, Worley P. (2006). Training in rural practice: Time for integration? Aust J Rural Health 14,Pg 171 – 172 PMID: 17032290 

    45.   Walters L, Worley P, et al. (2005). The impact of medical students on Rural General Practitioner preceptors. Education for Health Vol 18, Nov, Pg 338 – 355. PMID: 16236582

    46.   Walters L, Worley P, et al. (2005). The impact of medical students on Rural General Practitioner preceptors.  Available at

    47.   Walters L, Worley P., et al. (2003). The parallel rural community curriculum: is it a transferable model? Rural and Remote Health 3 (online), 2003: no 236.


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