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Renowned clinician next MJA Editor in Chief

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Influential medical clinician and researcher, Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley, has been appointed as the new Editor in Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia.

AMPCo Board Chair Richard Allely said Professor Talley, who is currently Pro Vice Chancellor, Global Research, at the University of Newcastle and a part-time staff specialist gastroenterologist at the John Hunter Hospital, came to the position with a wealth of local and international experience in medical research, practice and publishing.

“Professor Nick Talley is a clinician, educator, writer, author, researcher, and editor, with a strong track record in medical practice, medical education, and medical publishing, in Australia and overseas,” Mr Allely said.

As well as having authored 800 original and review articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, Professor Talley is currently Co-Editor in Chief of the international journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (a position he will relinquish soon after he takes up the MJA post on 1 December), and served for six years as Co-Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

“He brings significant experience, knowledge and expertise to the MJA, and is perfectly suited to guiding Australia’s leading medical journal at a time of rapid change, innovation and technological revolution in media and publishing,” Mr Allely said.

In addition to his ongoing academic, clinical and publishing work, Professor Talley is President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Chair-elect of the College of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

He also holds several international adjunct appointments, including Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic, and Foreign Guest Professor at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute.

Professor Talley’s appointment was announced soon after it was revealed that AMA Federal Councillor and former Australian Medical Students’ Association President Jessica Dean had been recruited to the Board of mental health organisation beyondblue.

beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett said Ms Dean’s experience as a young doctor would be “invaluable” for his organisation as it sought to work with medical students and practitioners at risk of experiencing depression and anxiety.

Ms Dean has been a member of beyondblue’s Victorian Doctors’ Mental Health Advisory Group, and earlier this year addressed a meeting of senior Victorian doctors, health officials and administrators about the mental health of medical practitioners and the culture in which they work.

Adrian Rollins