Professor Mieke van Driel

Head Acad & Mayne Prof of Gen Prac

Primary Care Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 55144


Professor Mieke van Driel was appointed to the Chair in General Practice at The University of Queensland in November, 2011. She is Head of the Primary Care Clinical Unit and Head of the Discipline of General Practice in the Faculty of Medicine.

After training as a General Practitioner in The Netherlands Mieke worked in primary health care assistance projects for Médecins Sans Frontières in Asia and Africa. With a Master's degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she embarked on an academic career at the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1998. Her PhD thesis on the implementation of evidence in clinical care explored the medical, contextual and policy related aspects of evidence that can facilitate its use in day to day patient care. She has published on the implementation of evidence in clinical practice and conducted trials and systematic reviews that support recommendations for appropriate use of medicines and other interventions. Prof van Driel is a member of the Oxford University Leadership in Primary Care Research Program and editor of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Acute Respiratory Infections Review Group and several other international journals.

Mieke's main interests are in translating evidence into practice with a special focus on vulnerable populations and global health. Her work in antimicrobial stewardship in primary care has contributed to a better understanding of the drivers of antibiotic use in the community and how to preserve them for future generations. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally and regularly hosts international students for research electives in primary care. She is committed to enabling and inspiring younger colleagues to embark on a journey in primary care research.

Mieke practices as General Practitioner in an Aboriginal Medical Service.


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Gen Prac
  • Doctor of Medical Science, Universiteit Gent
  • Master of Science, University of London


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2019) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • van Driel, Mieke and Del Mar, Chris (2009). Interventions to prevent transmission of the common cold. Common cold. (pp. 211-219) edited by Ronald Eccles and Olaf Weber. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser Verlag. doi: 10.1007/978-3-7643-9912-2_9

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision