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  • 11 Jun 2019 7:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference - 12 -13 July

    • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
    • Nurturing research excellence
    • Building effective research collaborations
    • Translating evidence into high quality practice
    • Magnifying impact in primary care research

    Registrations are now open for the conference – we are looking forward to welcoming you all to Adelaide for a fantastic two days celebrating primary care excellence in our region.

    AAAPC ARC 2019.pdf - this flyer is about the conference and can be distributed to your networks.

     

    AAAPC Annual General Meeting - Friday 12th July

    All members should have received the notice for the AGM and papers to nominate for the 2020 executive. There are also constitution changes that will be voted on at the AGM.

    The AGM will be held during the Adelaide conference on Friday 12th July.

    Please contact aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au if you did not receive the email. 

    Nominations for the 2020 Executive roles are due on 5th July 2019. All members are encouraged to apply and play an active role in our growing, dynamic organisation.

     

    AAAPC members at the 72nd World Health Assembly

    In 2018 Executive Committee member Lynsey Brown (Flinders University/PHCRIS) and AAAPC member Kaara Calma (University of Wollongong) were accepted into the World Health Organization’s Primary Health Care Young Leaders Network (YLN). This year, their role with the YLN saw them attend the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

    At the World Health Assembly the World Health Organization’s (WHO) work is reviewed, new goals and priorities are set and new tasks assigned. Attending this event in the YLN delegation was an incredible opportunity to be immersed in a global health environment and observe the decision making from member states that will guide the WHO’s future activities.

    Kaara was one of 7 members of the YLN to speak on a panel in the youth-led discussion on PHC in achieving Health For All; raising important concerns about the acute care focus in nursing education and training and the need to see greater recognition of PHC in curricula.

    WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasised PHC as a dominant priority for the WHO and for global health, acknowledging that there is no universal health coverage without PHC. It was fantastic to see the Assembly approve the PHC resolution welcoming the Astana Declaration (in which member states committed to PHC) and encouraging finalisation of the Operational Framework by 2020. One of the key operational levers of this Framework centres on PHC-oriented research and the need for systems, policies, strategies and plans to be informed by the best available evidence.

    Lynsey and Kaara had the opportunity to attend technical briefings and participate in side events on key topics linked to not only PHC and Universal Health Coverage but palliative care, health performance measurement, healthy ageing, health workforce shortages, vaccine hesitancy, multisectoral action, community empowerment and meaningful youth participation. Their work with the YLN will continue until October 2019.

    Young Leaders Network at the Palais des Nations

     

    Opportunities for research and engagement

    Member seeking research recruitment:

    We are interested in how general practitioners choose which medication to prescribe

    We are seeking General Practitioners (GPs) to participate in a 30 to 60 minute interview to discuss their own prescribing practices.

    This research is approved by The University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (ID: 1954477.1). We aim to better understand the factors that influence GPs' prescribing decisions within the Australian context.  

    You will receive a $100 Coles & Myer Group gift voucher to thank you for the time you spend on this project.

    Want to get involved?

    Contact
    Dr Hok Lim hokl@unimelb.edu.au  

    What you need to do:
    Complete a brief pre-interview questionnaire. You will then be invited to attend an interview at a time and location convenient for you. Face-to-face interviews are preferred, but phone/internet interviews are also possible if that is more convenient for you.

    (AAAPC members are welcome to submit opportunities for research and recruitment in the monthly newsletter. This is provided as a service to AAAPC members only and submissions will be reviewed by the Editor. Members can direct queries to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au)

     

    The Conversation - seeking expert opinion

    This invitation has come to AAAPC via Dr Brett Montgomery (UWA). The journalist is happy for the invitation to be shared with colleagues.

    As discussed, I'm looking for someone to write about the possibility of various medicines being shifted from schedule 4 to schedule 3. Some of the medicines proposed for this rescheduling include trimethoprim, sildenafil, triptans, and the contraceptive pill.

    We've published the pharmacy perspective on this (https://theconversation.com/making-more-drugs-available-over-the-counter-would-be-a-win-for-the-public-and-the-health-care-system-113453) but I'd be interested in the general practice perspective on this issue. Are there potential problems? E.g. eliminating the need for regular consultations, antibiotic resistance, etc.

    Let me know if you have any thoughts on who may be well-placed to write something on this.

    Thanks and kind regards,

    Phoebe

    Phoebe Roth
    Assistant Editor, Health & Medicine, The Conversation AU

    0423 333 937 Twitter @Phoebe_Roth

    Level 1, 715 Swanston Street
    Parkville VIC 3010 Australia

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community. 


    From the editor: I have thoroughly enjoyed being the AAAPC Editor over the last two years. I won't be re-standing for the Editor role at the upcoming AGM. I would be happy to speak with anyone who is considering nominating - it is a great way to meet other researchers across the region and is a practical way to practice writing and editing skills. Please email me at liz.sturgiss@monash.edu if you would like more information on what the role has involved.

  • 21 May 2019 12:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Upcoming Webinar

    'Polishing the Diamond': Prof Jane Gunn, University of Melbourne

    6 June 2019, 10:00am-11:00am AEST 

    Join us for our next Webinar featuring Professor Jane Gunn from the University of Melbourne. We welcome all primary health care researchers and teachers to attend.

    Please register at: https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/0953ec190c3b3be5d746f627e8486654

    Jane Gunn is Professor and Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She has served as Head of the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne from 2009-2017. She is a General Practitioner and has established a successful primary care mental health research group and is involved in leading primary care reform.

    In this talk Jane will share her story of building a research program around depression and the intersection of depression with  chronic physical health problems. Jane's research journey began with the mission of understanding how depression was being  managed in general practice and how we might further strengthen the role that primary care plays in maintaining emotional  wellbeing. Over the past 15 years or so Jane has focused on understanding the patient experience of care and the context in which care is delivered; as well as understanding the natural history of depression and developing a model of care that can be delivered in primary care which addresses the biopsychosocial needs of people experiencing depressive symptoms.

     

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference - 12/13 July

    We are delighted to announce that the Australian Journal of Primary Health is sponsoring the conference and providing an online supplement with all abstracts. We thank AJPH for their ongoing commitment to supporting high quality primary care research in Australasia.

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference

    • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
    • Nurturing research excellence 
    • Building effective research collaborations
    • Translating evidence into high quality practice
    • Magnifying impact in primary care research

    Registrations are now open for the conference – we are looking forward to welcoming you all to Adelaide for a fantastic two days celebrating primary care excellence in our region.

     

    BRIDGES-WEBB MEDAL Nominations now open

    The Bridges-Webb Medal is awarded to an AAAPC member who has made, and will continue to make, sustained high level contributions to academic primary care.

    This prize is one of the ways AAAPC's commits to fostering and supporting career development in academic primary care.

    Nominations for the 2019 Medal are now open. The winner will be announced at the Annual Research Conference Dinner in Adelaide in July 2019

    Eligibility criteria:

    - Current financial member of AAAPC

    - Has made a significant contribution to the academic environment of primary care teaching and/or research to an international competitive standard

    - Is continuing in academic primary care and is likely to make further contributions.

    Please see the website where further detail are available and where you can download the nomination form.

    Completed nomination forms and CV of the nominee need to be emailed to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au by 5pm AEST on 15th June 2019.

     

    Thoughts and best wishes from AAAPC to Chris Del Mar for continued forward progress in his recovery

    Chris Del Mar remains in Intensive Care with a high level spinal injury requiring ventilation but the good news is that he is fully conscious, mentally intact and able to communicate. He has another few weeks in halo traction before the spinal fracture is stable but even before the traction is removed he will able to move out of ICU to a rehabilitation centre. A recent step forward is that Chris now has a speaking valve for the ventilator so he can communicate more easily. Chris is as keen to contribute as ever and from his bed in ICU has been involved in reviewing articles from the Centre of Research in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance in the Community for journal submission.

     


     

  • 30 Apr 2019 9:00 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    FACES - Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support

    Are you a member of AAAPC and looking to advance your career through research?

    2019 will see the start of the FACES of AAAPC program. FACES stands for “Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support” and is a 1 year program where groups of researchers will come together to provide mentoring, advice and collegial discussions about career advancement in primary care research and academia. It is designed to suit all levels of researchers, from PhD candidates, right through to established senior researchers.

    If you participate, you will be placed into a group and invited to take part in bi-monthly lunchbox webinar sessions on topics such as career planning, goal setting, research fellowships, grantsmanship, collaborations, plus more. We will also be arranging a face-to-face meeting for cohorts at the inaugural AAAPC Research Conference.

    Please express your interest in joining by Friday 10th May
    Please note this opportunity is only available to AAAPC members.


    AAAPC Upcoming Webinar

    'Polishing the Diamond': Prof Jane Gunn, University of Melbourne
    6 June 2019, 10:00am-11:00am AEST
     

    Join us for our next Webinar featuring Professor Jane Gunn from the University of Melbourne. We welcome all primary health care researchers and teachers to attend!

    Please register at: https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/0953ec190c3b3be5d746f627e8486654

    Jane Gunn is Professor and Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She has served as Head of the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne from 2009-2017. She is a General Practitioner and has established a successful primary care mental health research group and is involved in leading primary care reform.

    In this talk Jane will share her story of building a research program around depression and the intersection of depression with  chronic physical health problems. Jane's research journey began with the mission of understanding how depression was being  managed in general practice and how we might further strengthen the role that primary care plays in maintaining emotional  wellbeing. Over the past 15 years or so Jane has focussed on understanding the patient experience of care and the context in which care is delivered; as well as understanding the natural history of depression and developing a model of care that can be delivered in primary care which addresses the biopsychosocial needs of people experiencing depressive symptoms.

     

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference - 12/13 July

    Congratulations to Distinguished Speakers

    Congratulations to Prof Danielle Mazza (Monash University) who has been awarded the highest scoring abstract for the Annual Research Conference. The abstract titled “The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd): Results of a cluster randomised controlled trial aimed at increasing Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) uptake” will be presented at the plenary session on Saturday 13 July.

    Congratulations to Dr Lauralie Richard (University of Otago) who has been awarded the highest scoring abstract from an Early Career Researcher. The abstract titled “Providing care to refugees through mainstream general practice in Southern New Zealand: what are the perspectives of general practitioners and practice nurses?” will be presented at the plenary session on Saturday 13 July.

    The abstracts submitted this year were of excellent quality. All authors have been notified about the outcome of their submission. Please contact liz.sturgiss@monash.edu with any questions.

    We are delighted to announce that the Australian Journal of Primary Health is sponsoring the conferences and providing an online supplement with all abstracts. We thank AJPH for their ongoing commitment to supporting high quality primary care research in Australasia.

     

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference

    • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
    • Nurturing research excellence 
    • Building effective research collaborations
    • Translating evidence into high quality practice
    • Magnifying impact in primary care research

    Registrations are now open for the conference – we are looking forward to welcoming you all to Adelaide for a fantastic two days celebrating primary care excellence in our region.

     

    RCGP Research Conference and RCGP workshop 2019 in London – report from AAAPC member, Dr Heinz Tilenius

    I attended the RCGP half day workshop on 28.3., and the RCGP annual research conference on 29.3.2019, where I presented a poster of part of my MPH dissertation form Glasgow University. The RCGP conference was only held for the second time this year. Both workshop and conference took place at the College of General Practitioners in London. Both events were chaired by Professor Roger Jones, the current BJGP editor. The research workshop was excellent and consisted of three modules. The RCGP conference the next day was informative, at times interactive, and extremely well organised. The advice provided for writing and how to maximise the opportunity to get a paper published was both invaluable and practical.

    The delegates included some distinguished guests, such as Professor Michael Kidd, University of Toronto and WHO director. Further, Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, current chair of the RCGP, and Clare Gerada, previous RCP chairperson, and a very influential GP in the UK, were speakers. I felt inspired by the collaborative approach of the workshops, the quality of the masterclasses, overall content of the conference and the research presented. The posters shown appeared to be of high standard and the poster section was, considered that this conference is only 2 years in the running now, sizeable, with more than 30 posters presented.

    In my opinion, Australasia would be well placed to initiate a similar annual or every two years conference from one of its leading primary care journals, as it should further research, its quality and publications in our region. Such an event might even be part of the new AAAPC conference.

    (editor – thank you to Heinz for providing this report for the newsletter. If you are attending a conference and would like to share your experiences with other AAAPC members, please email us at aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au)

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community. 
  • 21 Mar 2019 4:40 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Annual Research Conference - 12-13 July

    Thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for the upcoming conference. The high quality of the submissions is a reflection of the great primary care research that is happening in our region.

    Abstracts will be distributed to peer reviewers before the end of the week. Reviewers are asked to return their ratings by Friday 5th April.

    Registrations are now open – if your membership is up-to-date, you are able to register at the reduced rate by logging in with your email and password.

    We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Adelaide for this exciting event.

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference:

    • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
    • Nurturing research excellence 
    • Building effective research collaborations
    • Translating evidence into high quality practice
    • Magnifying impact in primary care research

    Do you have links to organisations who may be interested in sponsorship at #ARC2019? We will have sponsorship opportunities for keynotes, prizes and marketing brochures. We would welcome contact from people and organisations who are interested in supporting Australasian primary care research excellence - aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au  

     

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    Upcoming event - AAAPC Webinar

    Join us for our next Webinar featuring Professor Jane Gunn from the University of Melbourne. We welcome all primary health care researchers and teachers to attend.

    When: Thursday 6th June 2019, 10:00am-11:00am AEST. 
    Please register via the link below:
    https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/0953ec190c3b3be5d746f627e8486654

     

    Seeking your views and ideas

    The Australian Research Council (ARC) is currently reviewing the classification codes they use to classify research and development in Australia. They are seeking input from peak bodies.

    AAAPC is willing to address this issue if our members feel we should, but we need input from members.

    Please let us know - do you believe the Australian & NZ Standard Research Classifications including the Fields of Research (FOR) and the Socio-Economic Classification (SEO) categories appropriately embrace and reflect what is needed in the primary care space? 

    If you feel strongly about this please email us at aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au. Our Policy and Advocacy group will collate the responses and, if necessary will feed into the ARC's consultation process.

    Thanks for your engagement

    Kirsty Douglas

    President AAAPC

     

    AAAPC Membership – online renewal now available

    Please visit our new website to renew your membership online.

    Log in with your email address at the membership site.

    Select "Individual membership"

    Fill in your details including your research interests

    Press the "Pay Online" button

    You can use a credit card or PayPal to complete your payment

    You will be sent an automatic invoice for your records.


    Vision

    AAAPC's vision is for a multidisciplinary primary care oriented health care system founded on patient-centred, primary care principles and developed through evidence and education.

    Mission

    To be Australia and New Zealand's leading advocate for high quality multidisciplinary primary care research, education, policy and practice.

    Members

    We are a proudly multidisciplinary Trans-Tasman organisation. Our members are from Australia and New Zealand. All share a passion for primary care and include:

    • Professionals from any primary care discipline who have an interest in research and/or education
    • Primary care academics working at universities or with training providers
    • Higher degree research students and/or postgraduate trainees of primary care disciplines

    Thank you for ongoing support of AAAPC

    https://aaapc.org.au/membership

     

    *Spark* Paper of the month – by Dr Lauralie Richard

    This month’s paper was suggested by Prof Kirsty Douglas as it caught her eye as of relevance to the wider primary care research community.

    Oliver K, Cairney P. (2019). The dos and don’ts of influencing policy: A systematic review of advice to academics. Palgrave Communications, 5 (21).

    Academics are routinely urged to create impact from their research - to change policy, practice, and even population outcomes. However, there are few empirical evaluations of strategies to enable academics to create impact based on strong scientific evidence. In this recent systematic review, Oliver & Cairney systematically searched for, and synthesised, the ‘how to’ advice found in the academic peer-reviewed and grey literature. Learn more about this important work and gain critical insight about key choices and tensions in engaging with policymakers, and useful, informed advice for academics on when, how, and if to engage with policymakers.

     

    Book review

    This month’s book was suggested by Dr Katrina Long – a classic text that is often mentioned in academic circles. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn has paved the way for how we think about paradigms, philosophy, and research practice. It is good to read and reflect on the current primary care research climate – why do we do what we do? And do we need to shift our thinking?

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community. 

     

    Until next month

    Dr Liz Sturgiss, AAAPC Editor

    liz.sturgiss@monash.edu
  • 15 Feb 2019 12:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference

    12-13 July, University of Adelaide

    The call for abstracts is now open - oral presentations, posters, and skills building workshops are all welcome. We also have a new abstract category - "Dangerous Ideas" - modelled on the successful idea first developed in Canada and now also in the UK. 

    Both completed and research in progress are available for submission. A poster on your research in progress is a great way to get feedback and connect with researchers with similar interests.

    The call for abstracts closes on 14 March. Early career researchers and HDR students are warmly encouraged to apply.

    AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference:

    • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
    • Nurturing research excellence 
    • Building effective research collaborations
    • Translating evidence into high quality practice
    • Magnifying impact in primary care research

    Do you have links to organisations who may be interested in sponsorship at #AAAPC19 ARC? We will have sponsorship opportunities for keynotes, prizes and marketing brochures. We would welcome contact from people and organisations who are interested in supporting Australasian primary care research excellence - aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au  

     

    Congratulations to AAAPC members

    Dr Karyn Alexander (Monash University) is a finalist in the 2019 Victorian Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research for her doctoral work on preventive health services for children in general practice.

    Tim Kariotis recently passed his PhD confirmation at the University of Melbourne. We keenly await his research on information continuity in the mental health space.

    Do you have good news to share with AAAPC member? Please send your stories to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au with "Newsletter" in the subject line.

     

    Upcoming Conferences

    17th Qualitative Methods Conference from the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology - This international conference will be held in Brisbane from 1-3 May. Two days of skills building workshops are also happening before the conference. Registrations are open.

    2019 Migration, Health and Wellbeing Conference - The conference will take place in Dunedin (NZ) on November 28-29 2019. More details are provided on the conference website.

    These conferences are suggested by members - please send any suggestions for external conferences to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au    

     

    *Spark* Paper of the Month - from Dr Lauralie Richard

    Breannon Babbel, Mhairi Mackenzie, Annette Hastings & Graham Watt (2019) How do general practitioners understand health inequalities and do their professional roles offer scope for mitigation? Constructions derived from the deep end of primary care, Critical Public Health, 29:2, 168-180, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1418499

    This article investigates the role of general practitioners (GPs) in addressing the wider structural causes of health disparities. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 GPs working in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of Scotland. GPs primarily viewed their role in mitigating health disparities through individual patient encounters. Moving beyond the individual encounter, GPs’ views varied in how they perceived their role extending to structural causes of health, including actions to change local systems, and more significantly, to influence higher level policies relating to social determinants of health. The study suggests that there is scope to strengthen ‘structural competency’ amongst GPs working in disadvantaged areas, with potential implications across the disciplines of primary health care.

     

    Book Review

    I have to thank Dr Jason Agostino (ANU) for sending me this month's book - "Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age" by Samual Smee from The Quarterly Essay. This essay explores the "self", how this is characterised when engaging with social media, and the dangers of "boxing" people into categories based purely on their digital footprint. I think Jason was perhaps sending me a subtle message about my Twitter use? Have a read and see what you think for yourself.

     

    Until next month

    Dr Liz Sturgiss, AAAPC Editor

    liz.sturgiss@monash.edu

  • 18 Jan 2019 3:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

     AAAPC Annual Research Conference 2019 - 12/13 July 2019

    We are very happy to announce the confirmed dates and venue for the inaugural AAAPC Research Conference.

    We can now confirm that the 2-day conference will be held on 12-13 July at the University of Adelaide.

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference 2019:

    • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
    • Nurturing research excellence 
    • Building effective research collaborations
    • Translating evidence into high quality practice
    • Magnifying impact in primary care research

    A call for abstracts will be released in the near future - we will be seeking presentations on completed research and research in progress. 

    Oral presentations, posters, and skills building workshops will all be on offer. We will also have a new abstract category - "Dangerous Ideas" - modelled on the successful idea first developed in Canada and now also in the UK

    We are delighted to have this conference to bring the primary care research community together.

     

    Do you have links to organisations who may be interested in sponsorship at ARC 2019? We will have sponsorship opportunities for keynotes, prizes and marketing brochures. We would welcome contact from people and organisations who are interested in supporting Australasian primary care research excellence - aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au  

     

    2018 AAAPC Travelling Fellowship - APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON

    This fellowship provides up to $3000 for an AAAPC member for travel towards research and/or education in 2019.

    Early career academics are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Please visit the website for more information.

    Applications close 31 January 2019.

     

    Upcoming Conferences

    2019 Migration, Health and Wellbeing conference

    The conference will take place in Dunedin (NZ) on November 28-29 2019.


    These conferences are suggested by members - please send any suggestions for external conferences to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au    

     

    *Spark* Paper of the Month - from Dr Lauralie Richard

    This paper from an Iona Heath Lecture in 2012 continues to be relevant today. It was brought to our attention by Dr David Blane, an academic GP from the University of Glasgow. He uses lots of the quotes from the lecture in teaching about general practice, professionalism and multimorbidity. Although it is from 2012, it has significant ongoing relevance in its call to foster reflexive practitioners, learners and researchers, and ultimately, reflexive systems!

    Iona HEATH - Love’s Labours Lost: Why society is straitjacketing its professionals and how we might release them, Michael Shea Memorial Lecture Edinburgh, September 2012


    Book Review

    "How To Do Primary Care Research"  is edited by AAAPC member Prof Goodyear-Smith and Bob Mash, with multiple chapters authored by various AAAPC members and international researchers.

    This book is a practical guide to starting in primary care research - it is targeted at clinicians who are interested in research, and those who are early on in their research careers. It would be a great resource for Practice-Based Research Networks or new primary care research academics.

  • 17 Dec 2018 5:28 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    It's official - AAAPC will be convening its first Research Conference in 2019. The inaugural conference will be held at the University of Adelaide in mid-July. Dates and calls for abstracts will be released in January. All primary care researchers welcome!

    Watch this space... more details coming soon!

  • 17 Dec 2018 12:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

     ****WATCH THIS SPACE*****  AAAPC Annual Research Conference 2019
    It's official - AAAPC will be convening its first Research Conference in 2019.
    We are excited to announce that the first conference will be held at the University of Adelaide in mid-July. Dates and calls for abstracts will be released in January.

    Conference working group - Liz Sturgiss, Nigel Stocks, Katharine Wallis, Lauralie Richard, Lauren Ball, Lynsey Brown, Grant Russell, Chris Barton, Kirsty Douglas, Phyllis Lau.

    Do you have links to organisations who may be interested in sponsorship at ARC 2019? We will have sponsorship opportunities for keynotes, prizes and marketing brochures. We would welcome contact from people and organisations who are interested in supporting Australasian primary care research excellence - aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au

    Dr Penny Abbott awarded a Churchill Fellowship
    Penny Abbott has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate access to primary care for people leaving prison and people with addictions. As Penny says, “Expert GP care for this vulnerable group can prevent people being sent to prison who are actually in need to health care”. She will travel to the US and Canada in 2019.

    Congratulations Penny from everyone at AAAPC - and special congratulations from Prof Jenny Reath who says she is still cheering! Travel safe.
     
    Fantastic news from University of Wollongong
    - Congratulations to Ms Kaara Calma (UOW PhD candidate and UOW academic staff) - selected as one of 21 from across the globe to be a member of the World Health Organisations’ Primary Health Care Young Leaders Network! Kaara recently visited Astana, Kazakhstan representing Australian Primary Health Care nurses at the Youth and Young Professionals PreConference and the WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care. Mr Robbie Bedbrook (UOW Adjunct Lecturer in Nursing) was also an invited speaker at this event.
    - Dr Christine Ashley graduated with a PhD from the UOW School of Nursing with a thesis entitled: “Exploring the Transition of Registered Nurses from Acute Care to Primary Health Care Settings”.

    Members on the move
    Professor Lena Sanci has now been formally appointed as Head of the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. Lena received news of her appointment and her successful internal promotion to level E in the same week.  Warmest congratulation to Lena.

    Associate Professor Narelle Shadbolt has resigned as head of Discipline of General Practice at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney.  We wish her all the best for a happy and healthy and relaxing next step.

    Dr Liz Sturgiss has been appointed as Senior Lecturer at Monash Department of General Practice where she will commence in mid-January. She is currently up to her eyeballs in moving boxes and looking forward to the adventure.
     
    *Spark* Paper of the Month - from Dr Lauralie Richard
    Zonneveld N, Driessen N, Stüssgen RAJ, Minkman MMN. Values of Integrated Care: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2018;18(4):9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.4172
    This theory-informed systematic review provides critical insight into the underlying values of integrated care. By applying values theory to the integrated care literature, the review identified a set of 23 values proposed as a potential basis for a values-driven approach to integrated care. The review findings have practical applications at multiple levels, and interesting research, methodological and conceptual implications are discussed to inform future developments in the field.

    Book Review
    Have you come across the "thinkwell" series? These short, snappy books are packed full of useful tips for HDR students, supervisors and clinicians. From information on time management, how to improve your writing, and increasing productivity, everyone will find something to improve their working week. With the new year approaching, these books will definitely help with resolutions to make 2019 more productive and enjoyable for you.
    https://www.ithinkwell.com.au/index.php
     
    Welcome to New AAAPC Members
    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community.
     
    Safe travels to all AAAPC members over the holiday season - we hope you have time to enjoy the company of family and friends.

  • 23 Nov 2018 4:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the opening of the AAAPC Travelling Fellowship.

    This Fellowship provides up to $3000 for an AAAPC member for travel towards research and/or education in 2019.

    Early career academics are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Please see the Travelling Fellowship page for more details.

    Applications close 31 January 2019.

  • 19 Nov 2018 1:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC News - November 2018  
     
    Global Conference on Primary Health Care
    Lynsey Brown
     
    From 25-26 October, the WHO, UNICEF and Government of Kazakhstan co-hosted the Global Conference on Primary Health Care at the striking Palace of Independence in Kazakhstan’s new capital, Astana. Over 2000 delegates attended this event (including AAAPC members Kirsty Douglas, Michael Kidd and Teng Liaw) that brought together heads of state; ministers of health, finance, education and social welfare; academics; health professionals; consumer advocates; youth delegates; philanthropists; media; and representatives from non-government, civil society, private and global health advocacy organisations.

    A mix of high-level plenaries, breakout panel discussions, exhibits and café sessions addressed core topics from non-communicable diseases to antimicrobial resistance, meeting the needs of marginalised populations, health financing, integration, prevention, social determinants, workforce challenges, and digital technologies. The aims of the Conference were to reflect on achievements since the historic 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration, and endorse the 2018 Astana Declaration. The new Declaration reaffirms commitment to PHC to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals, acknowledging that Health for All cannot be accomplished without equitable, person-centred, high quality PHC.

    I was invited to attend the Conference and the Young People’s Engagement in PHC Youth Preparatory Workshop after being accepted into the WHO’s PHC Young Leaders Network, alongside fellow Australian Kaara Calma from the University of Wollongong. The 21 members of the Network were selected from over 2000 international applicants. We now have the opportunity to work together to promote and advocate for PHC, including engaging with the WHO’s PHC agenda, and learning from global leaders through mentorship opportunities. It is a real honour and I look forward to working with these inspiring colleagues from all corners of the globe over the next 12 months.
     
    NAPCRG - North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting: Chicago 9-13 November
    The NAPCRG Annual Meeting is one of the biggest primary care research conferences in the world. Attended by over 1000 delegates from 21 countries it showcases the best of primary care research.

    Congratulations to Prof Danielle Mazza who was awarded a Distinguished Paper for her work "The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd): Results of a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial Aimed at Increasing Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Uptake". Danielle presented the results of the RCT at the Sunday plenary and her work was met with interest, enthusiasm and many questions from the floor.
     
    Congratulations are also extended to Jason Chiang who was awarded the Starfield Award for first place in the Distinguished Trainee Award for his work "Associations Between Multimorbidity, All-Cause Mortality and Glycaemic Outcomes in People With Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review". An amazing achievement to be recognised as the top trainee at this international forum - may your success long continue Jason!
     
    Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith presented the AAAPC Distinguished Paper titled "Identifying and Closing Gaps in Primary Health Research and Implementation in Low and Middle Income Countries" highlighting her international collaboration working to improve primary care research across the globe. The solid approach to method under tight time constraints was applauded by many delegates.
     
    As always, the antipodean delegates enjoyed spending quality time together at great restaurants and on the dancefloor.

    NAPCRG welcomes international researchers and it is a great forum for expanding your research ideas into global healthcare settings. Next year the Annual Meeting will be held in Toronto, and in 2020 in San Francisco.
     
    22nd WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors: Seoul, Korea 17-21 October
    Prof Michael Kidd was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the World Organisation of Family Doctors at WONCA World in Korea. Michael was recognised for his ongoing work in championing the worth of primary healthcare in international forums across the world.

    Michael also presented the Ian McWhinney Keynote Address "A Call to Heal" at the Family Medicine Forum in Canada. His inspiring talk generated a Twitter storm that has left many of us wishing we had been there to hear it! Congratulations on these achievements from everyone at AAAPC.
     
    Members on the move
    We wish Prof Nick Zwar well in his new role as Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University commencing on 14 January 2019. Best wishes Nick for a smooth move filled with success and happiness from everyone at AAAPC!
     
    *Spark* Paper of the Month - from Dr Lauralie Richard
    "Qualitative research in healthcare: Modern methods, clear translation - a white paper" from Australian Institute of Health Innovation was published in August this year.

    This White Paper provides critical guidance on the use of qualitative  methods in health services and medical research. It illustrates the  scope of qualitative methods across a range of studies, and the impact of qualitative methods on research outcomes and  healthcare practices. The monograph discusses current and innovative  methods in use, and effective ways in which research results may be  implemented to foster change. It examines the more challenging and controversial aspects of applying qualitative methods in healthcare  contexts, raises awareness of key ethical issues, and highlights quality  criteria for qualitative research to foster a culture of excellence in  the field.
     
    Book Review
    It is too late for exam writing this year, but the book "Symptom Sorter" by Hopcroft and Forte provides inspiration for writing primary care clinical exam questions.

    Based on symptoms, there are lists of differential diagnoses, most likely symptoms, red flags and things not to be missed. Put it on your list for expanding your exam question bank for 2019.
     
    Welcome to New AAAPC Members
    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community.

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