Mieke was appointed to the Chair in General Practice at The University of Queensland in November, 2011.
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 numerous systematic reviews to support recommendations for appropriate use of medicines and other interventions.
Mieke's main interests are in evidence based practice and global health and a special focus on vulnerable populations in our society. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally and is hosting international students for research electives in the Discipline of General Practice. She is committed to enabling and inspiring younger colleagues to embark on a journey in primary care research.
In addition to her role as Head of Discipline, Mieke has taken a key leadership role in the new Global and Community Medicine courses in the MBBS Program. These courses provide medical students with essential skills for health professionals working in a global context.