Personal Development

This course has been a major contributing factor in my recent promotion to Full Professor.


The support we offer each other has been affirming and valuable for our roles as leaders.


Probably the most influential week of my academic career.


"Building research capacity though networks and leadership"

"The future of primary care research"

See the past programme cohorts ➥


The Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership programme was originally set up as part of the Brisbane Initiative, an international collaboration of universities founded by a small group of heads of primary care departments at a meeting in Brisbane in 2002. The programme was established in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford where it is now based. However, the role of the Brisbane Initiative and many of its members has been important in the establishment and on-going  development of the programme.

About the Brisbane Initiative

Brisbane Initiative was founded in 2002 by the heads of primary care departments from 8 countries (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, US and Canada). The Brisbane Initiative operates under the aegis of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA).

The Brisbane Initiative aims to enlarge the pool of available training resources and enrich the educational environment for primary care research through cooperation both between existing primary care research units and between these units and other disciplines with a program that transcends national boundaries. The Brisbane Initiative also aims to establish a critical mass of current and future leaders in primary care research by bringing together leaders from many nations. The initiative explores ways to involve new primary care researchers in developing countries through the development of distance education techniques and mentoring opportunities.

The activities of the BI include:

  • Fellowships and visiting traineeships
  • Formal Leadership Training Programs.
  • Development of educational resources.
  • Development of Expert Groups
  • Creation of International "Think Tanks" in primary care research

The BI has a small executive with geographical representation from departments of primary care around the world.  In additional it has a broader organising group consisting of the original eight members and additional participating departments.  Finally it has a broad membership consisting of the above two groups plus all departments who have participated in any of the activities.




Prof Chris van Weel (Chair)

Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Dr Alison Ward

Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Prof Richard Hobbs

Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Prof André Knottnerus

University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Prof Paul Glasziou

Bond University, Queensland, Australia

Prof Jan de Maeseneer

Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium

Dr Walter Rosser

Department of Family Medicine, Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada