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  • 20 Sep 2020 3:55 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    We hope you are all keeping well in the current circumstances. Within AAAPC, it's the beginning of a new year for us. We have a lots of new members - look out for some bios at the end of the newsletter! We also have a new AAAPC Subcommittee, which I encourage everyone to read about.

    With these new beginnings - there is also the opportunity for AAAPC members to be more involved. There are three Subcommittees (Primary Care Education, ECR and Capacity Development, Membership and Marketing) that are currently seeking interested members to join them and there are more details in the rest of this newsletter.

    Please consider joining one of these Subcommittees and note you are allowed to be part of more than one Subcommittee. If you are interested or would like to know more - please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au introducing yourself and highlighting the Subcommittee that you are interested in joining.

     

    AAAPC Primary Health Care Education Subcommittee - an introduction

    The newest AAAPC Subcommittee seeks to deliver on two of AAAPC's strategic goals, namely to:

    • Promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care, and to
    • Promote excellence in primary care education.

    The newly elected Chair of this Subcommittee is Dr Kylie Vuong, who is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW. As this is a new Subcommittee, it is a great opportunity for all members, and particularly new members, to join and get more involved in AAAPC.

    If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

     

    Next FACES Webinar from the ECR and Capacity Development Subcommittee with A/Prof Lauren Ball - Wednesday October 7, 2020

    Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) is our primary care mentor program run by the AAAPC ECR and Capacity Development Subcommittee. This Subcommittee is also seeking EOIs from members to join them - please consider this if you are keen on interprofessional education, the FACES program and more secure university positions for primary care academics. If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

    The next FACES webinar will be “Giving bang for their buck”: How to shift the focus from research output to impact" by A/Prof Lauren Ball. In this webinar, Lauren will showcase how she has strategically blended a traditional research track record with a contemporary impact focused agenda to deliver what key stakeholders are looking for in tomorrow’s research workforce. Lauren has built the Healthy Primary Care program at Griffith University as an outward focused brand to drive research impact, and is primarily supported by her NHMRC Investigator Fellowship. Lauren has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and attracted over $12 million in research funding from government bodies, non-government organisations and philanthropic foundations.

    Everyone is welcome to attend this webinar, whether you are a FACES member or not. Visit the AAAPC website to register.

     

    AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommittee Announcement

    The AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommittee is also seeking EOIs from members to join them. This Subcommittee was responsible for the recent #ourprimarycare campaign, as part of their work in supporting AAAPC to become a visible, effective and sustainable organisation that is responsive to a broad primary care membership. If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

    Lauralie Richard, Chair, on behalf of the Membership and Marketing Subcommittee, writes, "We would like to thank Dr Hok Lim for his contributions to the Membership and Marketing subcommittee work over the past year. We wish Hok all the very best in his future projects! We would also like to publicly welcome Dr Pallavi Prathivadi. Dr Prathivadi is an academic GP and third year PhD Candidate at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. Her research aims to improve evidence-based opioid prescribing in primary care. She is a Fulbright Future scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine from 2020-2021. Pallavi joins the AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommitteee with relevant experience (as a current member of the Monash DGP Media & Marketing Committee)"

     

    AAAPC Executive Subcommittee Announcement

    In the last newsletter, it was mentioned that A/Prof Lauren Ball was stepping up to be our new Chair of the Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee.

    This left the Secretary role vacant, but we are pleased to announce that Dr David Chua has been recently appointed by the Executive Subcommittee as the new AAAPC Secretary. David is a postdoctoral primary care researcher who works across Griffith University, UQ and the well known large GP clinic in Brisbane called Inala Primary Care. We are thrilled to have him join us.

     

    AAAPC Member Announcement - Australian Association for Adolescent Health

    The Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH) is the national peak body bringing together young people and professionals to promote the health and wellbeing of young people (12 to 25 years). AAAH is holding an online showcase for Higher Degree by Research students (e.g. PhD, Masters by Research, Honours students) to be held in the week beginning Monday 30th November. The aim is to highlight some of the excellent youth health research being done around Australasia by our Higher Degree by Research students. There will be no specific theme – only ‘Youth Health’. AAAH is now calling for abstracts (closing Sept 27), to find out more please visit the event page.

     

    Celebrating some AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to:

    • Danielle Mazza and the SPHERE CRE team on recently securing a MRFF Primary Health Care Research Grant with the ORIENT study.
    • Michelle Guppy for winning the 2020 Hunter New England Health Excellence Aware in Delivering Integrated Care for her work addressing long waits to access paediatric ENT surgeons by providing integrated care to children in her region.

    A shout out also to some members who have had recent publication success:

    • Michael Wright and team: General practice's early response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Rita McMorrow and team: Professional flash glucose monitoring and health service utilisation in type 2 diabetes: A secondary analysis of the GP-OSMOTIC study

    I know that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please send me an email at melinda.choy@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC. This month, we are especially welcoming Klaus von Pressentin, Hsin Tien and Alessandro Luongo.

    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.

     

    • A/Prof Klaus von Pressentin joined the University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa) in May 2020 as an Associate Professor and Head of the Family Medicine Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. He worked previously as a family physician within the rural parts of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. He also worked previously in the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Stellenbosch University, where he obtained his PhD which focused on evaluating the contribution of family physicians towards strengthening the district health system of South Africa. His research interests lie in primary care, human resources for health, health system strengthening and health professions education. His voluntary activities include serving as the editor-in-chief of the South African Family Practice journal (the official journal of the South African Academy of Family Physicians), serving as an examiner for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, as well as serving on the editorial board of BJGP Open. His passion lies in working with colleagues from across the globe towards strengthening the scholarly foundation of the discipline of family medicine and academic primary care. Email: klaus.vonpressentin@uct.ac.za Twitter: @klausvon
    • Hsin Tien is a fourth year medical student at the University of Melbourne Medical School, who recently completed her MD research project exploring the use of Future Health Today. Future Health Today is a  collaboration between University of Melbourne and Western Health. It is a proactive digital health intervention that uses data from health records to automate the detection of chronic disease for early intervention and improved health outcomes.
    • Alessandro Luongo has worked in primary care space for over a decade beginning as a Accredited Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist to now leading the digital health transformation across New South Wales. As Digital Partnerships Manager at South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Alessandro leads the implementation of an Australian first in real-time patient information sharing between primary care clinicians through project iRAD, delivers on Australian Digital Health Agency contracts, is a committee member for NSW Ministry of Health projects and contributes to numerous Integrated Care projects across South Western Sydney and Australia. Alessandro holds a Masters of Public Health, Masters of Health Management, Bachelors of Science (Dietetics)(Hons I) and a Bachelors of Applied Science (Sports & Exercise).

     

    Until next month,

    Dr Melinda Choy, AAAPC Editor

    melinda.choy@anu.edu.au

  • 21 Aug 2020 1:33 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - August 14-15 2020

    This time last week we were halfway through our first ever online AAAPC Annual Research Conference. How amazing to be able to virtually gather with 180 colleagues from Australia, New Zealand, Norway, USA, the UK and South Africa! How wonderful to have the opportunity to be inspired by the enthusiasm, ideas and range of expertise within our primary care research community.


    Thank you especially to Liz Sturgiss and the whole Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee (Lauren Ball, Chris Barton, Lynsey Brown, Vera Costa, Kyle Eggleton, Anna Fragkoudi, Phyllis Lau, Lauralie Richard and Katharine Wallis) for the amazing job that they did.

    Congratulations to all the prize winners recognised at the closing of the conference:

    • Adnan Alam on winning the Australian Journal of Primary Health Best Oral Paper Prize for 'Advance care planning in dementia: A qualitative study of Australian general practitioners'.
    • Lesley Hawes on winning the The University of Queensland Primary Care Clinical Unit Award for Excellence in Translating Evidence into Practice for 'A framework for antimicrobial stewardship in general practice'.
    • Asvini Subasinghe on winning the First Time Presenter Award for 'Contraceptive utilisation in women with a history of unintended pregnancies: Insights from the
      Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd)'
      .
    • Pravik Solanki on winning the Best Poster Prize for poster entitled 'Healthcare for transgender and gender diverse Australians: Comparing patient complexity in the 'informed consent’ primary care model with the secondary model of care'.

    Many thanks also to the conference sponsors who enable us to give these prizes: CSIRO Publishing / Australian Journal of Primary Health, The University of Queensland Primary Care Clinical Unit, The University of Melbourne Department of General Practice and WentWest.


    Some of you may still be in conference withdrawal, but don't worry, it's not all over...

    • The AAAPC conference app will be live until the end of 2020, with ongoing access to all the abstracts and posters.
    • If you haven't done it already, please fill in the evaluation, which you can also access on the conference app.
    • Don't forget that AAAPC will be on again next mid next year, hosted by the University of Melbourne - format and dates TBC - watch this space!

    Finally, the joy of being part of AAAPC in the same spirit of the conference lives on. One new member said, "I found your (conference) tweets so positive and encouraging, and the multidisciplinary approach really shone through. It was just so refreshing to see this sort of grassroots approach that it convinced me to apply for membership."

     

    AAAPC Annual General Meeting - July 30 2020

    The AGM minutes and all of the reports that were presented are available on the website.

    A few key things that happened at the AGM this year were:

    • Our new President, Dr Phyllis Lau was elected.
    • Our new Vice-Present, Dr Liz Sturgiss was elected.
    • Our new Chair of the Primary Care Education Subcommittee, Dr Kylie Vuong was elected.
    • Dr Lynsey Brown was co-opted to the Executive Committee.
    • A motion was passed for a new AAAPC Prize with a focus on leadership in primary care and education to be named in honour of Prof Neil Carson AO and founding AAAGP President. Further details will be announced in time.
    • The Charles-Bridges-Webb medal was presented.

    Our immediate past President, Prof Kirsty Douglas, was profusely thanked for her past three years of steady and wise service as President and many thanks were also extended to Brigid Cassells for her support of AAAPC.

    Bridges-Webb Medal winner - Prof Danielle Mazza

    The prestigious Charles Bridges-Webb Medal is a recognition of an AAAPC member who has made and will continue to make international standard teaching and/or research contributions to academic activities in the primary care environment.

    A huge congratulations to Professor Danielle Mazza, this year's extremely worthy winner. Prof Danielle Mazza, Head of the Department of General Practice at Monash University, is a leader in primary care research and has achieved so much in closing evidence practice gaps in women's sexual and reproductive health, preventive care, and primary care management of cancer. She joins a long list of other distinguished recipients. Congratulations again Prof Mazza!


    AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommittee #OurPrimaryCare campaign

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent #OurPrimaryCare campaign that reached its peak during the recent AAAPC Annual Research Conference. It has been such an encouraging, thoughtful and motivating collection of descriptions of what we all do.

    For those who missed out or simply want more of it, look up #ourprimarycare on Twitter, head to the relevant page on the website or watch the video.

     

    AAAPC Executive Committee Announcement

    Congratulations and thank you to A/Prof Lauren Ball who is stepping up to be the new Chair of the Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee. 

    This is wonderful news, but it does also mean that the Secretary position is now vacant. If you are interested in the position or have any questions, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

  • 24 Jul 2020 4:01 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual General Meeting - Thursday July 30th, 5pm AEST via Zoom

    It would be wonderful to have as many AAAPC members as possible at the AAAPC Annual General Meeting on Thursday next week. It will be an efficient meeting, including elections and the awarding of the prestigious Charles Bridges Webb Medal. 

    We still have not received any nominations for Chair of the Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee - it's not too late to nominate a worthy colleague. Nominations close on Wednesday July 29 and more details are available on the website.

    Please click the button below to register, and receive the Zoom link and password. See you there!

    Register for the AGM on July 31

     

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - August 14-15 online

    With less than one month to go, we are all excited for the AAAPC Annual Research Conference in August! Make sure you have a look at the website to see the great range of presentations and workshops in the program.

    All speakers have been contacted about Speaker IT training sessions and it is encouraged that all speakers take the opportunity up in order to make the conference a smooth success.

    There is also an opportunity for delegates to host small group discussions on a topic of their choice, similar to a small group discussion over lunch or coffee during a face to face conference. If you are interested in hosting a small group discussion, please email Dr Liz Sturgiss (liz.sturgiss@monash.edu) before the 7th of August with:

    • the topic of your small group discussion
    • your preferred time during the conference (early morning (from 0600 - 0830 AEST), lunch (1200-1300 AEST), or afternoon/evening (from 1730 AEST))

     

    Membership and Marketing Subcommittee #ourprimarycare Campaign

    AAAPC's #ourprimarycare campaign is still going! The goal is to promote what academic primary care means to you. The campaign will run from July to mid-August, especially during the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference

    The campaign will involve two challenges:

    • A <15 sec video challenge
    • A 10-word Twitter challenge 

    We want to hear your challenges, goals and passions in academic primary care. Be creative, zany and inspiring. Put your thinking caps on, talk to your colleagues and start uploading your videos here. For more inspiration and help, visit aaapc.org.au/ourprimarycare.


    Contribute to the AAAPC #ourprimarycare campaign

     

    AAAPC Member Announcement - Grant Generating Project from NAPCRG

    The North American Primary Care Research Group is calling for applications for the Grant Generating Project (GGP) for 2020-2021. The GGP seeks to equip family medicine and primary care researchers with the skills they need to successfully develop and submit grants for research funding. Once learned, these skills continue to help generate new funds for family medicine research and training, year after year.

    This year the GGP is being run virtually until its final session, although there is flexibility for those who may not be able to travel. Applications close on August 28 and further information on how to apply is here.

     

    AAAPC Member Announcement - Social Media Fellow Position with BJGP Open

    Another new international opportunity that can be undertaken remotely is the Social Media Fellow Position with the British Journal of General Practice Open. This is a part-time, 12-month honorary post with BJGP Open, and will fit alongside existing commitments. It will include 2-4 hours of work per week. 

    Applications close on July 31 and further information on how to apply is here.

     

    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. 

  • 27 Jun 2020 4:04 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual General Meeting - July 30 2020

    The AAAPC Annual General Meeting of 2020 will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday the 30th July via a Zoom webinar. It would be great to have as many members there as possible.

    The meeting will involve the election of President, Vice President, Chair of the Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee and Editor. The agenda, explanatory documents, nomination form and proxy voting forms are all available on the website in the Association Meetings section, under Events.

    The 2020 Bridges Webb Medal will also be presented at the end of this meeting.  This is a highlight of our meeting honouring one of our members who has excelled in primary care.

     

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - to be held virtually August 14-15 2020

    We are pleased to announce the line up for the COVID symposium which will be held as part of our virtual conference in August.

    Chaired by Prof Michael Kidd, we have five excellent speakers who will update us on innovations relating to research, education and clinical practice in primary care in Australasia.

    Registrations are open and we look forward to welcoming you online in August.

     

    Membership and Marketing Subcommittee #ourprimarycare Campaign

    AAAPC is launching #ourprimarycare campaign to promote what academic primary care means to you. The campaign will run from July to mid-August, with activity focussed during the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference

    The campaign will involve two challenges:

    • A <15 sec video challenge
    • A 10-word Twitter challenge 

    We want to hear your challenges, goals and passions in academic primary care. Be creative, zany and inspiring. Put your thinking caps on, talk to your colleagues and start uploading your videos here. For more inspiration and help, visit aaapc.org.au/ourprimarycare.

    Contribute to the AAAPC #ourprimarycare campaign

     

    AAAPC Charles Bridges Webb Medal Nominations 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 2020 Medal are now open and close on the 15th of July.  The winner will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on the 31st July 2020.

    Further information and nomination forms are available on the website. Completed nomination forms and a CV of the nominee need to be emailed to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au by close of business on 15th July 2020.

     

    AAAPC Member Announcement - International Primary Health Care & COVID-19 Study

    AAAPC member Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith and colleagues recently conducted a multinational survey aimed to understand characteristics and strategies employed by different countries to deal with COVID-19 from a primary health care perspective. A summary of key findings from this work is now available in the Members Only section of the website.

    Link to results from International Primary Health Care & COVID-19 Study

     

    AAAPC Member Announcement - Improving access to early medical abortion amid COVID-19

    A newly formed Coalition of key stakeholders and clinician experts is advocating rapid policy and practice-based changes to improve the accessibility of early medical abortion (EMA) in Australia during COVID-19 and beyond. 

    EMA has been declared an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic but it is not always easy to access. The Coalition, brought together by the NHMRC-funded SPHERE Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Primary Care and led by Monash University’s Professor Danielle Mazza, is advocating for a range of changes to support women who could potentially be affected by these challenges. 

    Link to the full EMA and other consensus statements

     

    AAAPC Executive Committee Announcement - Policy Update

    AAAPC's Primary Care Research, Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee have helped the Executive Committee recently update its policy regarding distribution of information from AAAPC members. The policy is that we will be happy to distribute information on research projects or other relevant activities from AAAPC members. We need however submitters (AAAPC members) to agree that:

    a) (In the case of research projects), submitters need to include the project's ethics approval number.

    b) (In the case of advertisement of other initiatives) submitters acknowledge that the distribution will not bring financial or other material benefits, or result in disadvantages to the public or other groups.

    Please note that both the AAAPC Member Announcements in this month's newsletter have complied with this policy.

     

    Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) Event in June

    FACES 2020 had their second event in June with an interactive presentation (one slide shown below) with Dr. Liz Sturgiss discussing Research Impact. The FACES group provides a peer-support space for students, ECRs and experienced researchers. Our next event will be held at AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference in August when we will be discussing “Tips and tricks for conducting research remotely”. Applications for FACES 2020 are now closed but if you would like more information contact the AAAPC ECR and Capacity Development Chair Dr Rita McMorrow rita.mmcmorrow@unimelb.edu.au.

     

    Vale Founding President Emeritus Professor Neil Carson AO

    We grieve the loss of Emeritus Professor Neil Carson AO, our founding president, who died recently aged 92. Neil Carson was a key early leader in academic primary care; who pursued quality multidisciplinary community medicine, skilled and qualified general practitioners, talented research and education teams, all for the growth and improvement of general practice and primary care.

    He was a visionary leader who grew his unit into one the largest Departments of General Practice in the country, mentored many current leaders in primary care today, helped establish foundational qualifications and examinations in general practice, created one of the first electronic medical record systems and was part of international growth in general practice and primary care.

    Over his career, Neil was the foundation Professor of Community Medicine (now General Practice) at Monash University (1975-1980), head of a newly established Department of Community Medicine at Monash University (1980-1992), founder of the Blackburn Clinic in Melbourne (1952), Censor-in-Chief at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (1973-1976). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine (MD) by Monash University in 1994 and made a Life Fellow of the RACGP in 2004.

    Of particular relevance to us, from 1983-1989, Neil was appointed the founding president of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice (now known as the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care). We continue to benefit from his legacy to general practice and primary care today. A full tribute by Monash University can be found here, and a tribute from Emeritus Professor John Murtagh is here.

  • 26 May 2020 4:36 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - General announcements

    The AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference will be held digitally from Friday 14 August to Saturday 15 August.

    Registrations are now open online here!

    If you submitted an abstract for an oral presentation, you should have received an email by now regarding whether your abstract was accepted. If you have not received an email yet, please contact aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

    Late submissions are still open for:

    • Research related to the current global coronavirus pandemic, for inclusion in a symposium at the conference
    • Student/trainee poster presentation abstracts

    Submissions close on May 30. For further information, please see the website.

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - Pre-conference prize winners

    Congratulations to the following AAAPC members on their excellent abstracts which have been recognised with the following prizes:

    • Most Distinguished Paper: Prof Grant Russell (Monash University) for Optimising primary care for refugees. Findings from an Australian cluster randomised trial. 
    • ECR Prize: Ms Fitriana Ekawati (University of Melbourne) for Adapting international hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) management recommendations to the context of Indonesian primary care.
    • Student Scholarship: Mr Sabuj Kanti Mistry (University of New South Wales) for Involving Bilingual Community Navigator, a promising approach for healthcare navigation among culturall and linguistically diverse (CALD) population in primary health care (PHC) setting of Australia.




    AAAPC Promotional Flyer 

    Have you ever thought you could use an aesthetically pleasing summary of what AAAPC is about and how people can get involved?

    Well, the AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommittee has been busy recently revamping our promotional flyer and it looks great. Check out our new brochure on the website for the latest details on membership benefits and how to get involved. Feel free to send it to your friends/colleagues too.

     

    Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) Event in June

    The FACES group will meet again on Thursday June 4 12pm AEST to discuss Research Impact with Dr Liz Sturgiss. Applications for FACES 2020 are now closed but if you would like more information contact the AAAPC ECR and Capacity Development Chair Dr Rita McMorrow rita.mmcmorrow@unimelb.edu.au.



    Celebrating some AAAPC Members

    A shout out to some members who have had some recent publication success:

    I know that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please send me an email at melinda.choy@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!

     

    The Global Primary Healthcare Response to COVID-19 webinar series

    AAAPC members Lynsey Brown and Kaara Calma are part of the World Health Organization's Primary Health Care Young Leaders' Network that have teamed up with Harvard Medical School to create a webinar series on the global primary health care response to COVID-19. Every Thursday in May there has been an engaging discussion with interdisciplinary panellists and discussants from around the world, sharing on-the-ground experiences. Kaara Calma spoke about the Australian experience in the first webinar. Recordings from the series are available via the button below.

    COVID-19 Experiences from the Front Lines webinar series link

     

    Melbourne School of Government Disruptive Ideas Seminar - The Regulation of Controversial Medical Products

    AAAPC member Timothy Kariotis has suggested a free event on Tuesday June 23 12-1pm AEST that may be of interest to AAAPC members. The speaker will be speaking on Regulation, Legitimacy and Values - The Regulation of Controversial Medical Products, drawing on her research on the regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Australia and speaking specific examples including medicinal cannabis and urogynaecological mesh. A link with further information and registration is below.

    The Regulation of Controversial Medical Products registration link


  • 29 Apr 2020 6:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference Update: August 14-15 2020

    The AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference [now online] thanks the team of abstract reviewers who have been working hard recently. Keep an eye on the website over the next few weeks as registrations are soon to re-open for our online conference!


    Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) 2020 Update

    FACES 2020 commenced in early April with an interactive presentation from A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis to develop grant writing skills. The FACES group will meet again in June to discuss Research Impact with Dr Liz Sturgiss. Applications for FACES 2020 are now closed but if you would like more information contact the AAAPC ECR and Capacity Development Chair Dr Rita McMorrow: rita.mmcmorrow@unimelb.edu.au.

     

    AAAPC Membership Feedback Survey 2020 Results

    Thank you to all who participated in our recent AAAPC Membership Feedback Survey! We had 69 responses from our 264 members (response rate ~26%) and we reviewed the results closely at our recent AAAPC Executive Committee Strategic Meeting. Notable findings included: 

    • 67% of respondents have been satisfied with AAAPC communication over the last 12 months (22% neutral, 2% dissatisfied).
    • The most popular respondent primary reason/s for joining AAAPC were to support primary care academia, networking and advocacy.
    • Only 39% of respondents would be supportive of a membership fee increase to expand AAAPC scholarships/offerings.
    • When asked whether they would recommend AAAPC to someone else, 38% said yes, 42% were passive and 20% said no.
    • Suggestions for improvement included asking for a broader primary care focus, stronger networks, greater transparency in decision-making and communication.

    A full description of the survey results is available in the Members Only section of our website (button below). Please know that we hear you and have been reflecting on how we can best change/maintain things to reflect your feedback.

    AAAPC 2020 Membership Survey Results

     

    The effect on outcomes of country-specific strategies and primary health care strength in the COVID-19 pandemic response: An international study - request for survey participation

    We hope you are faring as well as possible in your respective countries. We are writing to invite you to participate in a study on the role of primary care in the current pandemic response. We want to know how prepared you think your country was to deal with COVID-19, how your country responded, the nature of your primary health care system, and changes that have been made in fighting this pandemic.

    Please consider completing the anonymous survey (link in button below). It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. Should you have any queries, or suggestions about whom else we should approach to complete this survey, please email PHC_COVID@kkinder.de or Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith, f.goodyear-smith@auckland.ac.nz.

    From the research team: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Karen Kinder, Robert Phillips, Andrew Bazemore, Cristina Mannie, and Stefan Strydom

    Link to survey re role of primary care in COVID-19 response

     

    Update on advocacy for Australian Practice Based Research Network capacity

    Most of you will have seen our President's (Kirsty Douglas) recent email update on AAAPC efforts for advocacy within Australia to develop national Practice Based Research Network capacity. An extract of it is below.

    We would propose that we continue to work with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian Clinical Trial Alliance (ACTA) to maximise our chances of success and would aim to submit a proposal for funding to the Department of Health and to the Health Minister. I believe it is important that AAAPC is actively involved in this. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the enormous strengths and flexibility of our primary health care system but it is now also clear that we need better coordination, and capacity in primary care research to ensure we optimise rapid high quality research outcomes. The proposal would focus on the need for funding a national PBRN network that would improve capacity and response times for primary care research in Australia.

    Please let us know if you are interested in working with us on this. We will need to have a small and engaged group that can work intensely on this with RACGP and other stakeholders in the next few weeks. Please send suggestions, feedback and indication if you are willing to be involved to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

    Celebrating some AAAPC Members

    A shout-out to some members who have had some recent publication success:

    I am sure that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please feel free to send me an email at melinda.choy@anu.edu.au when you or someone you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!

     

    Call for Papers from The Journal of Health Organization and Management

    The Journal of Health Organization and Management (ISSN 1477-7266; IF 1.306; Q2) will be running a Special Issue in 2020, themed Implementation Science to Practice in Healthcare Organization and Management. Dr Mitchell Sarkies, Dr Joanna Moullin, Teralynn Ludwick, and Prof Suzanne Robinson will be guest editing the Issue, and are seeking article submissions in line with the theme. For more information, please click here.

     

    Welcome to all new AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you have joined AAAPC in the last 18 months and would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.auThis is a great way to build networks within our community. 

     
  • 25 Mar 2020 6:47 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello - we are thinking of you all in these tricky times. This month's newsletter contains ongoing online options for connection, some details on resources and support efforts, and some totally unrelated other news. Take care :)


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - 14-15 August 2020 is going ahead online

    As you are probably already aware, the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference will be held online this year. This is an exciting development amidst all the stress, and the Conference Subcommittee are working hard to make this an enjoyable, encouraging and enlightening event.


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstract reviewers

    The conference organising committee welcomes AAAPC members to be peer reviewers for the submitted abstracts for the 2020 Conference.

    Each abstract will be reviewed by two peers in a double-blind process. The reviewers will score the abstracts on pre-specified criteria. Abstracts are between 250 and 500 words.

    We would expect that the review process would take approximately 2-3 hours in total. If you are able to commit to reviewing abstracts at the end of March please fill in your details in the online survey via the button link below.

    In line with our aim to build research capacity, we are also offering a mentoring opportunity for researchers who have not reviewed abstracts before. We welcome early career researchers, PhD students and anyone who is keen to build their skills to take advantage of our mentoring program. You will be paired with an experienced reviewer for the abstract review process.

    Survey for prospective ARC 2020 abstracts reviewers


    FACES 2020 Events - Grant writing 101

    FACES stands for Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support. It is for all AAAPC members who are interested in connecting and advancing their career through research. The first event for the year will be an interactive webinar called 'Grant writing 101 - Setting up a successful grant application' with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis. It will be held on Thursday April 9th, 12 noon AEDT.

    A/Prof Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner leading innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice. Over the last five years she has been awarded more than $6 million in funding from a variety of sources including MRFF, NHMRC, RACGP Foundation and philanthropic grants.

    If you would like to sign up for the interactive webinar and FACES, you will need to register for FACES through the website by March 27. Further information (including regarding future FACES events) is available on the website.


    AAAPC and COVID-19

    Prof Paul Glasziou (Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia), who a member of AAAPC, has put together a list of resources about COVID-19 for the primary care community, which can be found on the AAAPC Website under 'Resources' or through the link on the right.


    Further, AAAPC is aware that many of our members are at the front line of the COVID 19 response already in clinical general practice, community pharmacy and allied health whilst others are playing critical supportive roles in health policy, health promotion and research. As per the email from Professor Kirsty Douglas last week, AAAPC is happy to receive emails with brief narratives from our members about the ways in which their research programs have been, and will continue to be affected in the months ahead. Send them to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au. When we can, we will feed that information back into the appropriate reviews and discussions to ensure that the primary health care research community is heard along with others.


    Cancer in Primary Care Survey

    The Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) is currently undertaking a research prioritisation study to help us identify new priorities in cancer in primary care research. They would like to get a wide range of stakeholder responses. The survey is short (should take less than 10 minutes) closes 13th April 2020. Follow the link in the button below. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi at (info@pc4tg.com.au).

    PC4 Research Prioritisation Survey


    Celebrating some AAAPC Members

    A shout-out to some members who have had some recent publication success:
    And also a big congratulations to members who have been recognised for their contributions to their field and Australasian primary care:
    • Michael Kidd for his new appointment as Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University
    • Danielle Mazza for being inducted into the 2020 Victorian Honour Roll of Women
    • Sue McInnes for winning the Sigma Nursing 2020 Emerging Nurse Researcher Award for Oceania
    I am sure that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please feel free to send me an email at melinda.choy@anu.edu.au when you or someone you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!


    Welcome to all new AAAPC Members

    A/Prof Anne Abbott

    A/Prof Anne Abbott is a neurologist from the Central Clinical School at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work is having a significant impact in updating guidelines, policy and practice for improved stroke prevention in persons with carotid arterial disease. She is looking for collaborators in researching the best ways of preventing stroke and other arterial disease complications non-invasively. Please contact her if interested at anne.l.abbott@gmail.com.

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you have joined AAAPC in the last eighteen months and 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. 
  • 14 Feb 2020 5:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference: August 14-15 2020

    The AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference is fast approaching and we are all excited about meeting up at Griffith University on the sunny Gold August over August 14-15.

    There are a number of details about the conference highlighted in this newsletter, and if you would like to stay even more up-to-date, keep an eye on the relevant page of the website.


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstract reviewers

    The conference organising committee welcomes AAAPC members to be peer reviewers for the submitted abstracts for the 2020 conference.

    Each abstract will be reviewed by two peers in a double-blind process. The reviewers will score the abstracts on pre-specified criteria. Abstracts are between 250 and 500 words.

    We would expect that the review process would take approximately 2-3 hours in total. If you are able to commit to reviewing abstracts at the end of March please fill in your details in the online survey via the button link below.

    In line with our aim to build research capacity, we are also offering a mentoring opportunity for researchers who have not reviewed abstracts before. We welcome early career researchers, PhD students and anyone who is keen to build their skills to take advantage of our mentoring program. You will be paired with an experienced reviewer for the abstract review process.

    Link to survey for prospective ARC 2020 abstract reviewers


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstracts open, closing in March

    A reminder that the call for abstracts is now open and that submissions close Sunday March 15 2020.

    We welcome abstract submissions covering the full spectrum of primary care across a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions focusing on methodological developments and challenges relevant to the field. We will consider abstracts of relevance to primary care practice, research, education, and policy.

    As previously mentioned, the Australian Journal of Primary Health (AJPH) will be publishing an online supplement with the accepted abstracts from the Conference (see 2019 Issue). The supplement will be indexed on PubMed as the whole conference, not as individual abstracts. During the abstract submission process, we will request your permission to include your abstract in the AJPH supplement.

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast for our 2020 conference.

    Dr Liz Sturgiss, on behalf of the organising committee
    liz.sturgiss@monash.edu


    Have your say - fill in the AAAPC Membership Survey

    The Executive of AAAPC will meet in March for a strategic planning meeting. To guide us, we are asking members to fill out this 5 minute survey to give us feedback on what we have done recently and how we can improve from here. 

    Please click the button below to complete the survey. Thank you!

    AAAPC 2020 Membership Survey


    FACES 2020 Events - Grant writing 101

    FACES stands for Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support. It is for all AAAPC members who are interested in connecting and advancing their career through research.

    The first FACES event for the year will be an interactive webinar called 'Grant writing 101 - Setting up a successful grant application' with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis. It will be held on Thursday April 9th, 12 noon AEDT.

     A/Prof Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner leading innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice. Over the last five years she has been awarded more than $6 million in funding from a variety of sources including MRFF, NHMRC, RACGP Foundation and philanthropic grants.

    If you would like to sign up for the interactive webinar and FACES, you will need to register for FACES through the website by March 27. Further information (including information about future FACES events) is available on the website.


    Australian Association of Practice Management Annual Survey Feedback

    Recruitment is a vital but often difficult aspect of conducting research studies. The managers of general practices play key roles in recruitment to research studies being conducted by AAAPC members.

    The Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) conducts an annual survey, which this year will be sent to non-members as well as to its current members. Following contact that I had with the AAPM in 2019, AAPM has offered to include questions in the survey from AAAPC about participating in research studies.

    If you are interested, there is more information and a first draft of possible questions available via the Members only section of the website. Please send your suggestions for improvements and/or more useful questions to me as soon as possible.

    Oliver Frank MBBS PhD FRACGP FACHI

    The University of Adelaide

    oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au


    Scholarships to the AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    AAAPC is pleased to offer two competitive scholarships to support attendance of its members at the 2020 Annual Research Conference on the Gold Coast.

    We are offering one Student scholarship and one scholarship to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander of Australia or Māori and/or Pacific People of New Zealand. We invite you to have a look at the selection criteria on the conference website.

    To apply, please tick the appropriate box when submitting your abstract online.


    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. 



  • 29 Jan 2020 4:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Winner of 2020 AAAPC Travelling Fellowship

    Congratulations to Dr Michael Wright of University of Technology, Sydney

    Michael will be travelling to the UK to visit the University of Manchester and other leading GP researchers “to investigate the establishment of primary care networks in the English National Health Service (NHS) and provide understanding about whether these structures are likely to reform delivery of UK general practice services, and whether they are applicable for Australia’s health system.”

    We look forward to hearing from Michael about his findings when he returns - safe travels Michael!


    AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference - call for abstracts

    The call for abstracts for the AAAPC Annual Research Conference is now open, please circulate this opportunity to your colleagues and through your networks.

    We welcome abstract submissions covering the full spectrum of primary care across a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions focusing on methodological developments and challenges relevant to the field. We will consider abstracts of relevance to primary care practice, research, education, and policy.

    We are delighted to announce that the Australian Journal of Primary Health (AJPH) will be publishing an online supplement with the accepted abstracts from the Conference (see 2019 Issue).

    Submissions close Sunday 15 March 2020.

    Scholarships to the AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    Exciting new opportunity -  AAAPC is pleased to offer two competitive scholarships to support attendance of its members at the 2020 Annual Research Conference on the Gold Coast.

    We are offering one Student scholarship and one scholarship to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander of Australia or Māori and/or Pacific People of New Zealand. We invite you to have a look at the selection criteria on the conference website.

    To apply, please tick the appropriate box when submitting your abstract online.

    Don’t miss out!


    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio and photo 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. 



  • 14 Jan 2020 4:23 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    The call for abstracts for the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference is now open, closing on 15 March. Visit the ARC website, aaapc.org.au/ARC_abstracts to find out all the details.

    Registration for the Conference is also available now. Prices and inclusions are listed on the registration page at aaapc.org.au/ARC_registration.

    We look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast in August!

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