Dr Melinda Choy

Academic Lecturer, Academic Unit of General Practice
College of Health & Medicine
T: 61745592

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717

Research interests

  • General Practice and Primary Care
  • Health of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations
  • The Digital Health Divide and Digital Health Inclusion
  • Improvement of Healthcare Access via Patient-Centred Research
  • Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching


Melinda's research addresses the digital health divide; the pressing issue that patients who already have reduced access to traditional healthcare services are further disadvantaged by poor access to digital health services. She is especially interested in exploring the patient experience of digital health within socioeconomically disadvantaged and rural populations.

Her aim is to find and disseminate the nature of the digital divide, in order that patients, practitioners, policymakers and innovators are able to improve digital health access and equity in reaching, recommending and designing digital health tools and policy.

Melinda completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of New South Wales. She completed her junior medical officer training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and her Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) through the University of Sydney. Melinda also works part-time clinically at Gordon Family Practice. She teaches within the Academic Unit of General Practice and Clinical Skills Unit and is engaged in Technology-Assisted Learning initiatives within these Units.

Researcher's projects

Choy, M., Sturgiss, E.,Goodyear-Smith, F., Clark, A., Smith, G. (2018). Digital Health Tools and the Therapeutic Relationship:  Can eCHAT help a Vulnerable Popultion in General Practice? Poster section. U. o. A. 2018 Qual-World Interactive Virtual Conference. December 4 2018.

Choy, M. B., P. (2018). Cystic fibrosis in the adult patient: diagnosis and a review of new treatments for CF lung disease. GP 18 - RACGP. Gold Coast 11-13 October 2018.    

Choy, M. S., E. (2018). Digital health tools in vulnerable populations: narrative review of the patient experience. P.-P. H. C. R. I. S. Melbourne. 1-3 August 2018.

Choy, M. S., E; Goodyear-Smith, F; Clark, A; Smith, G. (2018). Digital health tools and the therapeutic relationship: can eCHAT help a vulnerable population? GP 18 - RACGP. Gold Coast, Queensland.

Choy, M. S., E; Goodyear-Smith, F; Clark, A;Smith, G. (2018). P274 Digital Health Tools and the Therapeutic Relationship: Can eCHAT Help a Vulnerable Population in General Practice? 10/11/18, 1:15pm - 2.15 PM C. 46th NAPCRG conference, ILLINOIS. North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG).


Available student projects

  • Digital Health Literacy Training in the General Practice waiting room
  • How patients searching for health information and seeing their GP interact

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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