Professor Geoff Mitchell

Professor of General Practice

Primary Care Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 55380


Geoff. Mitchell is Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care, and head of the MBBS Program at Ipswich.

Professor Mitchell's main research interest is in the role of General Practitioners in palliative care. His other research interests are in GP management of chronic and complex conditions including Pain and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and in quality issues in General Practice. He has authored over 140 refereed journal articles, as well as numerous book chapters and reports in these and other areas of clinical general practice. He was awarded his PhD in May 2005.

He was involved in the development of a Hospice and a regional palliative care network in Ipswich, Queensland, and was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. In 2008, he authored a book entitled "Palliative care: a patient centered method". He has co-authored clinical handbooks of Palliative Care entitled "The Blue Book of Palliative Care", and "Therapeutics Guidelines: Palliative care", and a national report into the palliative care education and support needs of GPs in palliative care. He maintains a clinical general practice in Ipswich, Queensland. He also heads a research program utilising n-of-1 trial design for the evaluation of treatments in patient groups with small numbers, or people who are difficult to retain in more standard treatment trials.

Research Interests

  • Palliative Care
    Interest in the general practice and community management of palliative care patients. Also in the development of clinical evidence in palliative care.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Interest in the GP diagnosis and management of ADHD. Interest in the development of strategies to enhance the abilitiy of GPs to manage the condition successfully. These include a diagnostic aide, and the use of single patient technology to aide in evidence based management of the condition.

Research Impacts

Most of Professor Mitchell's impact is in influencing the conduct of palliative care in the community. This is an important area of research, given that the population is ageing, and many more people will come to the end of their lives in the medium term than is the case now. The community needs to be prepared for this eventuality, by ensuring that appropriate skills are held by all community based practitioners, and that high quality coordination between specialists and generalists is available to those who need it. this has involved knowledge dissemination initiatives such as national symptom guideline development, and gathering and implementing high quality evidence of community initiatives within end of life care.

He has an international reputation as a speaker in this area. He initiated an international group of practitioners to promote this research and policy agenda - the International Primary Palliative Care Network. He has had input into major policy initiatives at local, state and national levels.


  • FAChPM
  • Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery (Graduate Entry), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey (2015). Aggregated N-of-1 trials. In Jane Nikles and Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), The essential guide to N-of-1 trials in health (pp. 57-66) Dordecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7200-6_5

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey (2015). Integration of primary care into the management of chronic pain. In Patricia Armati and Roberta Chow (Ed.), Pain: the person, the science, the clinical interface (pp. 278-289) Melbourne, Australia: IP Communications.

  • Nikles, Jane and Mitchell, Geoffrey (2015). Introduction. In Jane Nikles and Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), The essential guide to N-of-1 trials in health (pp. 1-8) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7200-6_1

  • Carriere, Keumhee C., Li, Yin, Mitchell, Geoffrey and Senior, Hugh (2015). Methodological considerations for N-of-1 trials. In Jane Nikles and Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), The essential guide to N-of-1 trials in health (pp. 67-80) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7200-6_6

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey (2015). N-of-1 trials in medical contexts. In Jane Nikles and Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), The essential guide to N-of-1 trials in health (pp. 43-55) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7200-6

  • Mitchell, Geoff (2010). Communicating with dying patients and their families. In Communication skills in medicine: Promoting patient-centred care (pp. 159-170) East Hawthorn, VIC, Australia: IP Communications.

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey and Currow, David C. (2010). Palliative and supportive care. In Monica Robotin, Ian Olver and Afaf Girgis (Ed.), When cancer crosses disciplines: A physician's handbook (pp. 1099-1119) London, U.K.: Imperial College Press. doi:10.1142/9781848163652_0046

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey and Del Mar, Chris (2010). Skin problems. In Alex Khot and Andrew Polmear (Ed.), Practical general practice: Guidelines for effective clinical management 6th Edition ed. (pp. 561-583) London, United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Mitchell, G. K. and Barclay, S. (2008). Enhancing the patient- clinician relationship. In Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), Palliative care: a patient centered approach (pp. 127-138) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Radcliffe Publishing.

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey K. (2008). Introduction. In Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), Palliative Care: A patient centered approach (pp. 1-5) Oxford ; New York: Radcliffe Medical Press.

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey K. (2008). Palliative care: differential diagnosis of symptoms. In Andrew Polmear (Ed.), Evidence-based diagnosis in primary care: practical solutions to common problems? (pp. 443-451) Edinburgh ; New York: Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier.

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey K., James, Annette, Bissett, Michelle, Zakrewski, Lee, Wright, Anthony, Balandin, Susan, Lincoln, Michelle and Hughes, Mark (2008). Role of the interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary team. In Ester Chang and Amanda Johnson (Ed.), Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice (pp. 14-32) Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier.

  • Mitchell, Geoffrey, Murray, Judith and Hynson, Jenny (2008). Understanding the whole person: life-limiting illness across the life cycle. In Geoffrey Mitchell (Ed.), Palliative Care: A patient centered approach (pp. 79-106) Oxon, UK: Radcliffe Publishing.

  • Mitchell, G. and Del Mar, C. (2006). Skin problems. Eczema and dermatitis. In Khot, A. and Polmear, A. (Ed.), Practical General Practice: Guidelines for Effective Clinical Management 5th ed. (pp. 455-474) Edinburgh, U.K.: Butterworth Heinemann.

  • Nikles, C. J., Mitchell, G. K., Del Mar, C. B. and Clavarino, A. (2005). Individualised medication effectiveness tests as a means of targeting stimulants to responders in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In M. P. Larimer (Ed.), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Research Developments 1 ed. (pp. 169-187) New York, U.S.A.: Nova Science.

  • Mitchell, G. and Leith, D. (2005). Thyroid cancer and the general practitioner. In E. L. Mazzaferri, C. Harmer, U. K. Mallick and P. Kendall-Taylor (Ed.), Practical Management of Thyroid Cancer (pp. 83-93) London, U.K.: Springer.

  • Mitchell, G. (2003). Death and Dying: In section 3 Behavioural and mental health issues. In Vivienne O'Connor and Gabor Kovacs (Ed.), Obstetrics, gynaecology and Women's health (pp. 139-141) New York, NY, U.S.A.: Cambridge University Press.

  • Del Mar, C. B. and Mitchell, G. K. (2002). Dermatology in Practical General Practice. In Khot A. and Polmear (Ed.), Practical General Practice - Guidelines for Effective Clinical Management 4th ed. (pp. 365-382) London: Butterworth Heinemann.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor