Associate Professor Riitta Partanen

Head of School

Rural Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 44807


Associate Professor Riitta Partanen has provided leadership of the UQ Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) since April 2020. Prior to becoming the current Head of the UQRCS Riitta has held a variety of positions both within the UQRCS and the Faculty of Medicine. These include having been the inaugural Director of the UQRCS Hervey Bay from its beginnings in 2005 until handing over the reigns at the end of 2020, the Co-Director of Learning for the UQRCS, GP Academic Lead UQRCS Hervey Bay, Acting Head of the UQRCS, and the Academic Lead for Phase 2 of the MD Program.

Previously Riitta has served as Board member and Chair of the Wide Bay Division of General Practice and on the RACGP Rural Medical Education Committee.

Riitta is a UQ medical graduate, obtarined her Fellowship in General Practice with the RACGP in 1997. Riitta continues to work as a General Practitioner in Maryborough. Her research interests are in Medical Education, Rural Medical Workforce and Rural Health and General Practice issues.


  • Fellowship, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Queensland


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  • World Health Organisation Team, Strasser, Sarah, Austin, Marni, Bendotti, Hollie , Bourke, Gary, Campbell, David, Campbell, Narelle , Chater, Alan Bruce, Chong, Hwee Sin , Cribb, Jacqueline, Cumming, Kay, Doty, Barbara Jean, Eley, Diann, Erikson, Jay S., Florentis, Anastasia, Floss, Mayara, Goot, Katie, Greacen, Jane, Jonk, Yvonne , Khoo, Kean, Nasir, Bushra, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas , Lamb, Margaret , Longenecker, Randall, McGrail, Matthew , Partanen, Riitta, Paterson, Davis , Rajapalisha, Dilum , Schmitz, David ... Tynan, Anna (2020). Retention of the health workforce in rural and remote areas: a systematic review.. Human Resources for Health Observer Series No. 25 Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.