Associate Professor Paul Douglas Fullerton

Associate Professor (Practice)

Tel: +607 219 0672
Office: Clinical School Johor Bahru


Profile Summary

Dr Paul Fullerton is an Associate Professor (Paediatrics) at the Clinical School Johor Bahru and at Segamat. He teaches Paediatrics for Years 4 and 5, and Medical Ethics for Years 3 and 4.  He is also involved in supporting the Year 5 students when they are in their compulsory placements in Melbourne, and serve as a liaison person between the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Australian campuses. He is the Chair of the Year 5 Assessment Working Group and involved in the final year components of the new MD program.


  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Sydney), 1972.
  • Diploma of Child Health, (London), 1978.
  • Diploma of Tropical Public Health, (London), 1978 . (Okeke and Simpson Prize).
  • Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1978.
  • Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition (Deakin), 1992.
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education (Monash), 2003.
  • Masters in Health Professional Education (Monash), 2015.

Postgraduate Training

  • Sydney Hospital - J.R.M.O., 1972.
  • Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, J.R.M.O., 1973.
  • Paediatric Medical Registrar, 1974 - 1975.  (Included rotations to Royal Women's Hospital and Western General Hospital).
  • Fellow (R.C.H Haematology/Oncology Unit & Cancer Inst.) 1976.
  • Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, Paediatric Registrar, 1977.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Malaysian Paediatric Association
  • Association for Medical Education in Europe

Experience – Teaching and Education

  • 2010Current MBBS Program Exchange Convenor, Monash University, Clayton
  • 2006Current Associate Professor Paediatrics, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Science, Monash University Malaysia – based in Clinical School Johor Bahru
  • 2012 – Current Examiner in Paediatrics, Australian Medical Council
  • 20122012 Tutor, Grad Cert Health Professional Education, Monash
  • 2013 – 2014 Teaching in Grad Cert Higher Education, Monash University Malaysia
  • 2013 – 2014 Coordinator: GCHE, Monash University Malaysia: 2014
  • 2005 – 2006 Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, Monash University
  • 19992006 Examiner in Paediatrics, Australian Medical Council
  • 1995 – 2004 Honorary Lecturer in Paediatrics, Monash University
  • 1979 – 1985 General Paediatric Lectures in the Royal Darwin Hospital, School of Nursing.
  • 1983 – 1985 Neonatal Paediatric Lectures in the Northern Territory School of Midwifery
  • 1979 – 1981 Paediatric Talks - Aboriginal Health Worker Training School

Research Interests and Clinical focus

Dr Paul Fullerton is a Consultant General Paediatrician, but has clinical special interests in childhood development and children with developmental disabilities. From early in his career, he had a strong interest in Health Professional Education, starting with involvement in training of Aboriginal Health Workers and Nurses in NT (Australia).  He completed the Master of Health Professional Education in Monash in 2015, and his research focusing on culture and the way medical students learn.

Dr Fullerton has been involved in education committees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, including the Basic Training Curriculum Review Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division Education Committee. His interest in this area was stimulated by the urge to contribute to the transition from undergraduate medical education into postgraduate training.


Paediatrics; Developmental Paediatrics; health professional education; feedback; cultural impact in medical education; clinical ethics; workplace learning

Education Interests

Dr Fullerton commenced PhD (Monash University) in Medical Education in November 2018 and his current PhD study focuses on the influence of culture on medical trainees seeking and receiving feedback, and supervisors providing it. His academic interests also cover the following:

Medical Education

  • International medical education
  • Culture and approaches to learning
  • Assessment


  • Disability Health / Developmental Medicine
  • Medical Ethics

General Paediatrics / Social Paediatrics


  • “Haemophagocytic Reticulosis: A Case Report with Investigations of Immune and White Cell Function"  Cancer 36: 441 - 445, 1975.  (With Drs. Ekert, Hosking & Tauro).
  • "Wound Botulism"  Med J Aust, 1 (13): 662 - 663, 1980.  (With Drs. Gogna and Stoddart).
  • "Low Birthweight and Mortality In Australian Aboriginal Babies at The Royal Darwin Hospital: A 15 Year Study."   Aust Paediatr J, 22: 281-284, 1986.     (With Drs. Gogna, Smiley, and Walker).
  • "Malnutrition and Infection: An Examination of the Effects of Diarrhoeal Disease and other Infection on the Growth of Children up to Three Years Of Age."  Dissertation for the Diploma of Tropical Public Health, University of London, June, 1978.
  • "The Strong and Healthy Child". (Workbook for Aboriginal Health Workers)  Contributor with other members of N.T. Department of Health, 1981.
  • “"On-the-spot" vaccination” Med J Aust 167(2):108-9, 1997.   (With MJ Bartlett, RR Doherty & JP Buttery).
  • Teaching Medical Students Neonatal Resuscitation: Knowledge Gained and Retained from a Brief Simulation-based Training Workshop.  Educ Health 25: 105-110, 2012  (with Lai NM, and Ngim CF)
  • “That’s the Way We Learn:  Exploring Influences Of Culture On Medical Student Learning In Malaysia And Australia” Thesis for Master of Health Professional Education, Monash University, 2015

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Papers & Posters Presented

“Does culture influence learning?  Exploring influences of culture on medical student learning in Malaysia and Australia.” Presentation at 2015 Dubai Conference on Higher Education.

“Standing on the shoulders of giants:  Internationalisation, Medical Education and concept of plagiarism.” Presentation at 2014 Dubai Conference on Higher Education.

“Exporting medical education – The experience of the first graduates of Monash University in Malaysia.” Poster presentation at 15th Ottawa Conference - Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012).

"Improving the student experience: the use of culturally appropriate simulation in the teaching of communication skills”.  Poster presentation at 3rd International Clinical Skills Conference - Prato, Italy, 2009