A/Prof Susan Wearne


Susan qualified as a doctor at Southampton University in England, and then completed general practice training in Northamptonshire and back home in Cheshire. She has over 30 years’ experience as a GP, has been a practice owner, and has worked in a variety of settings including the Aboriginal Medical Service in Alice Springs and for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at Ayers Rock Medical Centre. She has extra qualifications in child health, women’s health, family planning, primary health care and medical education. Susan enjoys the variety of general practice and fits the long-acting contraceptives Implanon and the Mirena intra-uterine system.


Susan is a Clinical Associate Professor at Australian National University and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles on general practice and medical education. The fourth edition of her textbook ‘Clinical Cases for General Practice Exams’ is in production. She is Senior Medical Adviser at the Commonwealth Department of Health, for the Health Workforce Division which manages general practice training nationally and other programs that promote Australians’ access to qualified health professionals.  


Susan’s husband, Tim Henderson, is the eye surgeon at Alice Springs Hospital. Their married daughter lives in England and their son works in Adelaide. Between flights home to Alice, Susan swims, makes clothes, knits, listens to classical music and enjoys the scenery on the lake as she learns to row.


Susan consults on Tuesday afternoons, Friday mornings and some weekends, at East Canberra General Practice.