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  • 14 May 2022 3:33 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    March has been a flurry of activity, making for a full newsletter! Make sure you don’t miss anything, including:

    • Conference updates, including plenary speaker announcement
    • AAAPC and SAPC: new beginnings
    • Upcoming Webinar with Dr Ogunsiji
    • Subcommittee updates
    • Upcoming opportunities for publication and funding

    …And much more, happy reading!

     

    AAAPC Conference updates

    Abstracts OPEN

    AAAPC's 2022 Annual Research Conference Abstract Submissions are open! The theme for this years conference is Transforming Primary Health Care: Creating a Vision of Health for All. We will consider abstracts of relevance to primary care practice, research, education, and policy. Abstracts close April 14 – so get in quick! See more on our webpage.

    Abstract reviewers needed

    Help us review abstracts for the Annual Research Conference! Review a handful of abstracts to help ensure this AAAPC conference is the best yet. Reviewing is made easy with pre-specified criteria, and a mentor-mentee program for anyone looking to develop their skills in reviewing or mentoring. Fill out the expression of interest form to put your name down as an individual reviewer, and to seek support in developing this skill or offer your expertise as an mentor.

    Conference Scholarships and Prizes

    AAAPC is offering scholarships to cover annual membership and conference registration! Scholarships are available for both (i) Students; and (ii) and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and Māori and/or Pacific Peoples. Find out how to apply, and submit an application, via our webpage.

    Plenary Speaker: Professor Claire Jackson (AM)

    Professor Claire Jackson (AM) is Professor in General Practice and Primary Care Research, and Director of the Centre for Health System Reform and Integration, University of Queensland. Professor Jackson has been Clinical Director of two $2.5 million Centres for Research Excellence in Primary Care Reform: one funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), exploring new models of integrating care in hospital and the community; the other by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), investigating the impact of researcher and end-user ‘co-creation’ on quality and models of care. Professor Jackson is a Non-Executive Director of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Ltd (HCF), Australia’s largest NFP private health insurer, and Chair of the HCF Research Foundation. She is a NED on the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Medical Journal of Australia. She is a current member of Minister Hunt’s Primary Care Reform Steering Committee, and has been both a past Chair and President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is an active clinician in Brisbane south.

    Professor Jackson will be speaking on her primary area of research interest: health system reform, with a focus on primary care.

     

    AAAPC and SAPC: A new collaboration

    AAAPC and SAPC (UK equivalent organisation) are announcing a new collaboration! Read Dr Phyllis Lau and Dr Rupert Payne's statement online. The organisations will be planning joint activities and collaborative research opportunities for members. Activities will be coordinated via the AAAPC subcommittees -- so keep an eye out for exciting new opportunities!

     

    Upcoming ECR Webinar

    19th April, 1pm (AEST)

    Dr Olayide Ogunsiji will be presenting a webinar on navigating academia on the 19th of April, 1pm AEST. Dr Ogunsiji is a Registered Nurse and Senior lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia. She is the Director of Academic Workforce (Liverpool campus).

    Originally from Nigeria, Olayide migrated to Australia in1999, with a Master of Science (Sociology) and embarked on the Nursing journey in Australia. She is passionate about women’s health issues and her research interest are on intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, parenting and women empowerment. She has made a sustained, positive impact on global health disparity of migrant and refugee women. Olayide is the founder of the African Women’s Health and Support Organisation (AWHASO), a not-for-profit organization for women’s health issues. She has presented at local, national and international conferences and publishes in high impact journals. Dr Ogunsiji was the recipient of the prestigious Dorothy Garrigus Adams 2021 Award for Excellence in Service at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Awards Ceremony.


    Reminder to Renew

    AAAPC annual membership lapsed March 1st 2022. Renew your membership on the website to keep up with all AAAPC happenings and inside information!

    Lapsed members will no longer have access to the members only sections of the webpage, including webinars and the noticeboard.

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Join a subcommittee today! Email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au to be linked in to a subcommittee that interests you.

    A quick update from the subcommittee chairs about what they have been working on:

    • Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee submitted a letter to the MRFF on National Practice Based Research Networks. In the letter, AAAPC are advocating for sustainable and ongoing funding that would support national level infrastructure and governance, while also supporting ground up development opportunities for local PBRNs. The subcommittee is currently working on a letter to Australian politicians on the importance of primary care research, and key aspects of the Australian primary care 10 year plan that must be addressed during and after the election. The subcommittee is excited to be working with new contributors from New Zealand.
    • Conference subcommittee has launched the abstract call and will be dividing up abstracts for review end of April. Subcommittee members are undertaking training with conference software to ensure a smooth experience leading up to and during the conference. The subcommittee is attempting to coordinate a series of local face to face social events around the conference to allow for small get togethers (public health advice permitting of course). If you would like to help by coordinating a social event for members in your area, please get in touch! Email: secretariat@aaapc.org.au
    • ECR subcommittee has been busy coordinating the first AAAPC webinar of the year with Dr Ogunsini! Keep an eye out for registration details soon, announced via twitter or on our webpage. If you would like to get involved with AAAPCs ECR support, career building and mentoring, come and get involved! Email habiba.jahan@adelaide.edu.au to get an invitation to the next ECR subcommittee meeting. Check out the FACEs group too on our webpage to find out what the ECR subcommittee do.
    • Education Subcommittee met in February to start actioning big plans, including the development of new fellowships to support education research and inter-institutional collaborations. The subcommittee is currently looking into webinar topics for later in 2022, and collaboration opportunities with SAPC. If you have ideas on how to strengthen primary care education research and practice, please join! Email: secretariat@aaapc.org.au
    • Membership Engagement Subcommittee met in March and is recruiting more members! Are you creative? Do you tweet? Would you like to see more opportunities provided by AAAPC for you? Come and get involved in the membership engagement subcommittee. We plan events, tweet, and try to get all the AAAPC goss out to you. Please get email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au

     

    Upcoming Opportunities

    Primary Care specific publication opportunities

    A few AAAPC members are leading upcoming special issues with a focus on primary care!

    Climate Crisis and Primary Health Care, a special issue in Family Practice, is calling for submissions on how primary health care can adapt to changes in disease and illness incidence and prevalence, and preventive and health promotion activity to ameliorate the burden of disease. An outline of accepted formats is available through the link above. Submissions due 1 May 2022. For questions, please email Guest Editor: Dr Liz Sturgiss.

    Optimising Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Australia: the Role of Primary Health Care, a special issue in Australian Journal of Primary Health, is calling for submissions relating to women’s sexual and reproductive health in Australia. An outline of the scope of topics covered can be found on the AJPH website, linked above. Full submissions due by 30 June 2022 via the AJPH portal, with subsequent peer review in the usual manner, online publication following acceptance, and the issue out in early 2023. For questions, please email Guest Editor: Dr Jessica Botfield.

    Oral Health in Healthcare, a special issue in Healthcare, is calling for submissions on the role of oral health in the bigger picture of healthcare to bring attention to the relationship between oral and systemic health, and the need for collaboration between oral health and other healthcare practitioners. Full submissions due by 31 October 2022 via the Healthcare portal, with subsequent peer review in the usual manner. For questions, please email Guest Editor: Dr Phyllis Lau.

     

    Primary Care specific funding opportunities

    A few primary care relevant grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members:

    • Clinical Trials Activity grant opportunity with Primary care specific opportunities in streams 5 and 6. Applications close 6 July, 2022.
    • Preventive and Public Health Research Initiatives: Maternal Health and Healthy Lifestyles Grant, Consumer-Led Research Grant, and Chronic Respiratory Conditions (stream 2). All Opened 20 December. 2021, and close 13 July, 2022.
    • Primary Health Care Digital Innovations grant to develop novel digital health tools and technologies to improve access to primary health care services in disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations. Applications close on 22 July, 2022.
    • MRFF Effective Treatments and Therapies grant opportunity (Focus on exercise and physical activity interventions). Applications close 27 July, 2022.
    • MRFF Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care grant to support older people to maintain their health and quality of life (particularly streams 1 and 2). Applications close 7 September, 2022.
    • MRFF Cardiovascular Health grant opportunity (particularly stream 3). Applications close 7 September, 2022.

    Remember to subscribe to GrantConnect. GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register!

     

    Members Noticeboard

    The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

    In case you missed any posts this March we have seen: New Lecturer position at University of Wollongong; call for submissions to a special issues in AJPH, Family Practice, and Healthcare; calls for research participation in smoking cessation, interprofessional collaboration, childhood weight management, and psychotropic medication management; community questions about GrantConnect; and advice on submitting to the upcoming AAAPC conference.

    To get updates on the noticeboard in your emails, click here to subscribe, or navigate to the AAAPC members noticeboard (requires login) and click the subscribe button.

    Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

    1. Sign into the AAAPC website and go to the Members Only Section >> Noticeboard

    2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to to receive regular messages to your inbox.

    3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to some of our members on successful publications

    • Kaara Calma, Lynsey Brown and team: Strengthening primary health care: contributions of young professional-led communities of practice. Primary Health Care Research & Development. March, 2022.
    • Kirsty Douglas and team: After-hours presentations to community-based primary care in the Australian Capital Territory. Australian Journal of Primary Health. March, 2022.
    • Lauren Ball and team: Postpartum nutrition: Guidance for general practitioners to support high-quality care. Australian Journal of General Practice. March, 2022.
    • Jane Desborough and team: What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about the use of virtual consultations in primary care? Australian Journal of General Practice. March, 2022.
    • Liz Sturgiss and team: Digital health to support primary care provision during a global pandemic. Australian Health Review. March, 2022.
    • Simone De Morgan and team: Community-based pain programs commissioned by primary health networks: key findings from an online survey and consultation with program managers. Australian Journal of Primary Health. March, 2022.
    • Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis and team: Primary care consumers’ experiences and opinions of a telehealth consultation delivered via video during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian Journal of Primary Health. March, 2022.
    • Liz Halcomb and team. Nurse-led interventions to manage hypertension in general practice: Asystematic review and meta analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. March, 2022.
    • Tim Stokes and team: Is PHARMAC’s decision-making fair? Findings from an evaluation of decision-making in the New Zealand health system. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Feb, 2022.

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award. Remember to also tag AAAPC in tweets about achievements in primary care -- we would love to share the joy!

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 17 Apr 2022 3:28 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone

    AAAPC has been busy in February, making for a full newsletter! Make sure you don’t miss anything, including:

    • Membership Renewals
    • Conference updates
    • Subcommittee updates
    • Upcoming opportunities for publication and funding

    …And more, happy reading!

     

    AAAPC annual memberships due March 2022

    It is that time of year, memberships are due from March 1st. Renew your membership on the website! Current members will need to log in, then click on the message in the bottom left hand corner of the webpage, or on your name at the top right corner of the webpage.

    Check out benefits of membership to find out more.

     

    AAAPC Conference updates

    What and When

    AAAPC's 2022 Annual Research Conference will be online for August 18 and 19. The theme for this year’s conference is Transforming Primary Health Care: Creating a Vision of Health for All. Abstract submissions (and opportunity to review abstracts) will be opening soon -- keep an eye on your inboxes for your invitation!

    Plenary Speaker: Professor Michael Kidd

    Professor Michael Kidd AM is Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor with the Australian Government Department of Health, where he is leading Australia’s national primary care response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also has appointment as the foundation Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University. He is a general practitioner, a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a past president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and a past Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Prior to returning to Australia to support the pandemic response by the Department of Health, he was Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care, Senior Innovation Fellow with the Institute for Health System Solutions and Innovative Care, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada.

    Professor Michael Kidd, AAAPC's 2021 Charles-Bridges Webb award winner, will be sharing his insight on the strengths of primary care and the work he has been doing in primary care reform.

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Join a subcommittee today! Email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au to be linked into a subcommittee that interests you.

    A quick update from the subcommittee chairs about what they have been working on:

    • Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee submitted a response to the Department of Health on the general practice data and electronic clinical decision. In the response, AAAPC is advocating for clear information on the governance structures around management and sharing. AAAPC is also advocating for access to data for academic researchers not solely Government bodies. AAAPC remains committed to informing what a national practice-based research network could look like and formulating responses to issues as they arise. The next meeting for this subcommittee will be in March 2022.
    • Conference subcommittee made the challenging decision for an online conference again in 2022, though is looking at advertising satellite social events to help everyone network and keep in touch. The committee has chosen an online vendor, and is finalising abstract submission and reviewing processes now -- watch this space. Please come and get involved in this subcommittee! Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration. Email your interest in contributing to the conference subcommittee to secretariat@aaapc.org.au 
    • ECR subcommittee met in January, though is declining in numbers. If you would like to get involved with AAAPC’s ECR support, career building and mentoring, please get in touch! Email habiba.jahan@adelaide.edu.au to get an invitation to the next ECR subcommittee meeting. Check out FACEs on our webpage to find out what the ECR subcommittee do. Next meeting for the FACES team will be early March.
    • Education subcommittee met in February to start actioning big plans, including the development of new fellowships to support education research and inter-institutional collaborations. Next meeting in April -- watch this space and please do email secretariat@aaapc.org.au if you have a passion for primary care education, and would like to get involved!
    • Membership Engagement Subcommittee met in January and is recruiting more members! You may receive an invitation to join – but if you don’t and you would like to contribute, please email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au. In addition to recruiting, this subcommittee will be coordinating several webinars for 2022 including a “Meet the Masters” series. Watch this space to find out when the webinars will start!

     

    Upcoming Opportunities

    AJPH Special Issue -- Upcoming publication opportunities

    A few AAAPC members are leading an upcoming Australian Journal of Primary Health special issue, titled: Equity in Primary Health Care Provision: More than 50 years of the Inverse Care Law. An outline of the scope of topics covered can be found on the AJPH website. Please email an Expression of Interest by 30th March 2022 to Dr Harris-Roxas to confirm the suitability of your submission for the special issue. Full submissions to be submitted in July 2022.

    Optimising Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Australia: the Role of Primary Health Care a special issue relating to women’s sexual and reproductive health in Australia. An outline of the scope of topics covered can be found on the AJPH website. Full submissions due by 30 June 2022 via the AJPH portal, with subsequent peer review in the usual manner, online publication following acceptance, and the issue out in early 2023. For questions, please email Dr Jessica Botfield.

    The Australian Journal of Primary Health has published high quality, peer-reviewed papers since 1995. This is an attractive opportunity to publish alongside your peers in the field plus contributing authors receive free access to all papers published for this project in perpetuity.

     

    Primary Care specific funding opportunities

    A few primary care relevant grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members:

    • Preventive and Public Health Research Initiatives: Maternal Health and Healthy Lifestyles Grant, Consumer-Led Research Grant, and Chronic Respiratory Conditions Grant (particularly stream 2). All opened 20 December 2021, and close 13 July 2022.
    • Indigenous Health Research grant opportunity with several potential primary care applications. Applications opened 20 December 2021, and close 2 March 2022.
    • Primary Health Care Digital Innovations grant to develop novel digital health tools and technologies to improve access to primary health care services in disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations. Applications close on 22 July 2022, minimum data due 29 June 2022.
    • Clinical Trials Activity grant opportunity with primary care specific opportunities in streams 5 and 6. Applications opened 20 December 2021 and close 6 July 2022.

    Remember to also subscribe to GrantConnect! GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register.

     

    Members Noticeboard

    The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

    In case you missed any posts, in February we have seen: New research jobs at Melbourne University and University of New South Wales, Call for submissions to a special issue in AJPH, and a nominations call for the MRFF consumer reference panel.

    To get updates on the noticeboard in your emails, navigate to the AAAPC members noticeboard (requires login) and click the subscribe button.

    Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

    1. Sign into the AAAPC website and go to the Members Only Section >> Noticeboard.
    2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to receive regular messages to your inbox.
    3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to two of our members for their awards!

    Abhir Nainani was awarded a NAPCRG Pearl for his research titled, General Practitioner Perspectives and Experiences When Screening for Primary Aldosteronism! NAPCRG Pearls are chosen each year by the Community Clinician Advisory Group as the top research studies having the greatest impact on clinical practice as presented at the NAPCRG Annual Conference. It is wonderful to see Abhir’s work recognised internationally, especially after winning AAAPC’s 2021 Conference award for best paper! We look forward to hopefully seeing more from Abhir at our 2022 conference.

    Dr Marguerite Tracy has been awarded her PhD! Marguerite would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the AAAPC FACES group - and recommends the group to other ECRs. Marguerite’s thesis explored real-world question prompt lists to assist decision making in clinical practice. Her thesis, titled More questions than answers - Investigating questions asked by patients and online, real-world question prompt list tools to realise the benefits for patients, health professionals and healthcare decision making has resulted in three publications.

     

    Congratulations to some of our members on successful publications

    • Pallavi Prathivadi and team. Pragmatic implementation: an introduction for primary care. Family Practice. 2022.
    • Pravik Solanki and team. Gender affirming hormone therapy for the trans, gender diverse, and non-binary community: comparing WPATH and Informed Consent model utilisation. Transgender Health. 2022
    • Kyle Eggleton and team: COVID-19 impact on New Zealand general practice: rural-urban differences. Rural & Remote Health. Feb, 2022
    • Lauren Ball and team: Perceptions of private practice dietitians regarding the collection and use of outcomes data in primary healthcare practices: A qualitative study. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics. Feb, 2022.
    • Virginia Lewis and team: Barriers and facilitators to nurse-led advance care planning and palliative care practice change in primary healthcare: a qualitative study. Australian Journal of Primary Health. Feb, 2022.
    • Liz Sturgiss and team: Behaviour change for type 2 diabetes: perspectives of general practitioners, primary care academics, and behaviour change experts on the use of the 5As framework. Family Practice. Jan, 2022.

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 8 Mar 2022 5:32 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone

    Happy New Year (hopefully we can still say that despite the fact January has quickly come to an end). We have a short and sweet newsletter this month, including:

    • Subcommittee updates
    • Upcoming opportunities for publication and funding
    • Members noticeboard updates
    • Celebrating members

    Happy reading!

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Join a subcommittee today! Email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au to be linked in to a subcommittee that interests you.

    A quick update from the subcommittee chairs about what they have been working on:

    • Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee met in January to discuss a response to the General Practice Data and Electronic Clinical Decision Support consultation. The subcommittee remains committed to informing what a national practice based research network could look like and formulating responses to issues as they arise. The next meeting for this subcommittee will be in March 2022.
    • Conference subcommittee is working hard to ensure the 2022 AAAPC research conference on reforming primary health care is bigger, better, bolder and more diverse than ever before. Given the current COVID-19 context, the subcommittee made the challenging decision for an online conference. Dates remain mid August and Abstract calls are coming end of Feb – watch this space!. This subcommittee is small, and rests on very few shoulders. Please come and get involved! Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration.
    • ECR subcommittee would like to remind members to check out previous FACES webinars on our webpage. If you would like to join FACES and get the run down on all the great workshops and webinars, please email habiba.jahan@adelaide.edu.au. Next meeting for the FACES team will be in February 2022 (Date to be decided).
    • Education subcommittee will be meeting in February to start actioning big plans, including the development of new fellowships to support education research and inter-institutional collaborations.
    • Membership Engagement Subcommittee met in January and is recruiting more members! You may receive an invitation to join – but if you don’t and you would like to contribute, please get email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au. In addition to recruiting members, this subcommittee will be coordinating several webinars for 2022 including a “Meet the Masters” series. Watch this space to find out when the webinars will start!

     

    Upcoming Opportunities

    AJPH Special Issue -- Upcoming publication opportunity

    A few AAAPC members are leading an upcoming Australian Journal of Primary Health special issue, titled: Equity in Primary Health Care Provision: More than 50 years of the Inverse Care Law. An outline of the scope of topics covered can be found on the AJPH website, linked above. Please email an Expression of Interest by 30th March 2022 to Dr Harris-Roxas to confirm the suitability of your submission for the special issue. Full submissions to be submitted in July 2022.

    The Australian Journal of Primary Health has published high quality, peer-reviewed papers since 1995 (see flyer here). This is an attractive opportunity to publish alongside your peers in the field plus contributing authors receive free access to all papers published for this project in perpetuity.

     

    Primary Care specific funding opportunities

    A few primary care relevant grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members:

    • Preventive and Public Health Research Initiatives: Maternal Health and Healthy Lifestyles Grant, Consumer-Led Research Grant, and Chronic Respiratory Conditions Grant (particularly stream 2). All opened 20 December 2021, and close 13 July 2022.
    • Indigenous Health Research grant opportunity with several potential primary care applications. Applications opened 20 December 2021, and close 2 March 2022.
    • Cardiovascular Health Mission with potential primary care applications for Streams 2-4. Applications opened on 28 September 2021 and close on 23 February 2022.
    • Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care grant opportunity with some potential primary care applications for Streams 1-3. Applications opened 22 September and close on 16 February 2022.
    • Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents grant opportunity. Applications opened on 14 October 2021 and will close on 16 February 2022.
    • Primary Health Care Digital Innovations grant to develop novel digital health tools and technologies to improve access to primary health care services in disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations. Applications close on 22 July 2022, minimum data due 29 June 2022.
    • Clinical Trials Activity grant opportunity with primary care specific opportunities in streams 5 and 6. Applications opened 20 December 2021 and close 6 July 2022.

    Remember to also subscribe to GrantConnect! GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register.

     

    Members Noticeboard

    The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

    In case you missed any posts December and January we have seen: a call for research participation regarding e-cigarettes, and a call to participate in research on international COVID-19 public health measures. Also highlighted was a documentary “Behind the Mask – on the front line against Coronavirus” which tells the story of front line doctors and nurses fighting the virus.

    Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

    1. Sign into the AAAPC website and go to the Members Only Section >> Noticeboard

    2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to to receive regular messages to your inbox.

    3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to some of our members in their successful publications:

    • Kathleen O’Brien and team: Parents’ perceptions of their child’s weight among children in their first year of primary school: a mixed-methods analysis of an Australian cross-sectional (complete enumeration) study. International Journal of Obesity. January, 2022.
    • Ruby Biezen and team: Qualitative exploration of intentions, concerns and information needs of vaccine-hesitant adults initially prioritised to receive COVID-19 vaccines in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. January, 2022.
    • Liz Halcomb and team: The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of care by Australian primary health care nurses. Health and Social Care in the Community. January, 2022
    • Susan McInnes and team: An integrative review of primary health care nurses’ mental health knowledge gaps and learning needs. Collegian. January, 2022.
    • Anna Wood and team: The SMARTscreen Trial: a randomised controlled trial investigating the efficacy of a GP-endorsed narrative SMS to increase participation in the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Trials. January, 2022.
    • Mark Morgan and team: What do patients experience? Interprofessional collaborative practice for chronic conditions in primary care: an integrative review. BMC Primary Care. January, 2022.
    • Felicity Goodyear-Smith and team: Multinational primary health care experiences from the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative analysis. SSM – Qualitative research in health. December, 2021.

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 11 Feb 2022 6:29 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    December is coming to a close, and that means so is 2021! We have a lot to squeeze into this last newsletter of the year, make sure you don't miss anything, including:

    • AAAPC President’s holiday message
    • Subcommittee updates
    • Funding opportunities

    and much more. Happy reading!

     

    A Holiday Message from the President

    Despite the cyclical outbreaks, lockdowns, isolations and quarantines over the past year, we have continued to show our resilience. I am especially proud of AAAPC’s achievements.

    I wish to express my most heartfelt thanks to our members. Your affirmation and support of the work of AAAPC are the best guarantee that AAAPC will continue to champion our vision, YOUR vision, for a multidisciplinary PHC-oriented health care system founded in patient-centred and primary care principles and developed through evidence and education. Especially to members who have contributed to our Subcommittees, I THANK YOU!

    I am encouraged by the strength of our Executive Committee members – many of whom were newly elected at the AGM in August. I appreciate that some have been thrown into the deep end, but all have shown incredible agility and loyalty to the role they have committed to. To the Execs, I THANK YOU!

    On behalf of AAAPC and the Executive Committee, I THANK YOU for your ongoing support and hope you are able to spend precious time with loved ones over the summer holidays.

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Best wishes,

    Phyllis Lau, President

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Would you like to meet like-minded and passionate primary care researchers? This is your chance – join a subcommittee today! Email secretariat@aaapc.org.au to register your interest and get linked into a subcommittee!

    A quick overview from each subcommittee this month:

    • Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee is currently confirming continued membership for 2022 via email – if you have not already responded, please do. If you would like to join this subcommittee for 2022, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au.
    • Conference subcommittee is looking forward to ensuring that the 2022 AAAPC Annual Research Conference on reforming primary health care is bigger, better, bolder and more diverse than ever before. The subcommittee is looking at an in-person conference to be held at a University locale. Please come and get involved in this subcommittee, noting that active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration. Email your interest in contributing to the conference subcommittee to secretariat@aaapc.org.au.
    • ECR subcommittee would like to remind members to check out previous FACES webinars on our webpage. If you would like to join FACES and get the run down on all the great workshops and webinars, please email habiba.jahan@adelaide.edu.au. Next meeting for the FACES team will be in February 2022 (Date to be decided).
    • Education subcommittee has finalised an official vision for Primary Care Education: To promote and celebrate excellence in primary health care education, driven by high quality education research and interdisciplinary collaboration. The subcommittee has big plans for next year, including supporting education research and inter-institutional collaborations, developing new fellowships and finessing the Neil Carson Award with more emphasis on education research.
    • Membership Engagement Subcommittee has finalised its 12 month plan with a focus on interprofessional engagement and enhancing the AAAPC member experience. The subcommittee is connecting with other professional bodies to enhance AAAPCs network and will be supporting a series of targeted webinars and communications for 2022.

     

    Upcoming Funding Opportunities

    In addition to the 2021 PHC grant opportunity for wearable devices and point-of-care testing, there are a few other MRFF grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members, including;

    • The 2021 Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity guidelines were released on 14 October 2021. Applications will open on 3 November 2021 and close on 8 February 2022.
    • The 2021 Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents grant opportunity opened on 14 October 2021 and will close on 16 February 2022.
    • The 2021 Cardiovascular Health Funding with some potential primary care applications in Streams 2-4. Applications opened on 28 September 2021 and close on 23 February.
    • Stream 2: (Targeted Call for Research): support effective adoption and adherence of preventive health interventions for cardiovascular disease and stroke
    • Stream 3: (Targeted Call for Research): accelerates equitable patient access to best care that results in best possible outcomes
    • Stream 4: (Incubator): conduct small-scale development projects will establish feasible, evidence-based approaches for identifying and targeting personalised lifelong care approaches, to prevent further stroke or heart events
    • The 2021 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity with some potential primary care applications in Streams 1-3. Applications opened 22 September and close on 16 February 2022.
    • Stream 1: Accelerator: identifying and implementing interventions to extend healthy, active years of life
    • Stream 2: Targeted Call for Research(TCR): implementing appropriate support approaches that reduce stigma associated with dementia and enable better outcomes for older people, including those in vulnerable populations
    • Stream 3: TCR: improving consistency and quality of care for older Australians across all care settings

    Remember to also subscribe to GrantConnect! GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register.

     

    NAPCRG conference

    In our November newsletter, two members were missed on the NAPCRG summaries: Dr Pallavi Prathivadi and Dr Johanna Lynch. Dr Prathivadi presented the Consensus Reporting Items for Studies in Primary Care (CRISP) poster and workshop. Dr Lynch presented a workshop titled Fostering Sense of Safety: Unpacking a Critical Generalist Strategy. Apologies to others who may have been missed!

    Please remember to share your primary health care research and education successes! We love celebrating the work our members do in this newsletter.

     

    Members Noticeboard

    The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

     

    In case you missed any posts this month we have seen:

    • a few calls for research participation regarding e-cigarettes, and international COVID-19 public health measures.
    • Attention being drawn to a documentary “Behind the Mask – on the front line against Coronavirus” which tells the story of front line doctors and nurses fighting the virus. Watch the film for only a $2 donation here.

     

    To get updates on the noticeboard in your emails navigate to the AAAPC members noticeboard (requires login) and click the subscribe button.

     

    Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

    1. Sign into the AAAPC website and go to the Members Only Section >> Noticeboard

    2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to to receive regular messages to your inbox.

    3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to some of our members in their awards and degrees:

    • Dr Johanna Lynch’s thesis entitled Sense of Safety: a whole person approach to distress was recently awarded a University of Queensland Dean’s Award for Outstanding HDR Thesis! Johanna’s work focuses on the care of distress (not diagnoses) as an everyday generalist task. Her thesis proposed an ordinary phrase ‘sense of safety’ as a trauma-informed and strength-based language that could guide treatment goals for distress. It suggests a shared language that integrates Indigenous views of wellbeing and does not divide body from mind or individual from community or country. Her thesis also introduced a new research methodology – ‘transdisciplinary generalism’ to suggest a standard for research designed for the sophisticated way that generalists manage diverse forms of knowledge in the clinical encounter. Johanna’s thesis has now also been published as book: A whole person approach to wellbeing: Building Sense of Safety.
    • Associate Professor Lauren Ball was awarded the RACGP’s 2021 honorary member of RACGP.
    • Dr Isabel Hanson was awarded RACGP’s 2021 GP in training of the year award.
    Congratulations to some of our members in their successful publications:
    • Adnan Alam and team: Advance care planning in dementia: a qualitative study of Australian general practitioners. Australian Journal of Primary Health, November, 2021.
    • Mari Somerville and team: How do patients want to receive nutrition care? Qualitative findings from Australian health consumers. Australian Journal of Primary Health. December 2021.
    • Roger Strasser and team: Addressing rural and Indigenous health inequities in Canada through socially accountable health partnerships. BMJ. November, 2021.
    • Mieke Van Driel and team: ‘Never change a winning team’: GPs’ perspectives on discontinuation of long-term antidepressants. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Care. December, 2021.
    • Kirsty Douglas and team: General Practitioners’ Roles in Disaster Health Management: Perspectives of Disaster Managers. Prehospital and disaster medicine. December, 2021.
    • Jean-Frederic Levesque and team: Patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMs) to guide clinical care: recommendations and challenges. MJA. December, 2021.
    • Sarah Larkins and team: Examining area-level variation in service organisation and delivery across the breadth of primary healthcare. Usefulness of measures constructed from routine data. PloSOne. December, 2021.

     

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry!). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

     

    And that’s a wrap for 2021!

    Happy holidays, stay safe, and see you all next year

  • 25 Jan 2022 5:02 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    November has gone already! We have lots of updates this month – a sign of all the great things going on with AAAPC and its members! Make sure you don't miss anything, including:

    • Highlights from Professor Roger Strasser’s webinar
    • Subcommittee updates
    • NAPCRG annual meeting highlights
    • International COVID-19 vaccination program research
    • Members Noticeboard update

    and much more. Happy reading!

     

    Webinar now online: Primary Health Care Education in Rural Settings: Learning generalism in rural, by rural, for rural

    Watch Now!

    Thank you Professor Roger Strasser for your engaging and informative webinar November 9th.

    Professor Strasser highlighted the worldwide rural health access issue and the challenges rural practitioners face as ‘extended generalists’ as a consequence. Professor Strasser suggests boosting the workforce with a ‘Start Local System Design’ where systems are co-designed and co-delivered in the local context to address local priority health needs. He talked about the social accountability of medical schools to direct their teaching and learning towards priority health needs, communities, regions and nations. Professor Strasser drew on his experience of ‘Immersive Community Engaged Education’ in Canada, specifically the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Find out more by watching the recording on our website!

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Would you like to meet like-minded and passionate primary care researchers?? This is your chance – join a subcommittee today! Email secretariat@aaapc.org.au to register your interest and get linked into a subcommittee!

    A quick overview from each subcommittee this month:

    Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee has submitted a response to the Australian 10-year strategic plan for Primary Care Reform, is starting feedback for the Research Australia proposed reforms for Health and Medical research, and is squirrelling away on defining what a national practice based research network could look like in Australia.

    Conference subcommittee is looking forward to ensuring that the 2022 AAAPC Annual Research Conference on reforming primary health care is bigger, better, bolder and more diverse than ever before. The subcommittee is hoping to provide an in person conference (yay!), with an option to go online if needed. Please come and get involved in this subcommittee, noting that active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration.

    ECR subcommittee would like to remind members to check out previous FACES webinars on our webpage. If you would like to join FACES and get the run down on all the great workshops and webinars, please email habiba.jahan@adelaide.edu.au. Next meeting for the FACES team will be in February 2022 (Date to be confirmed).

    Education subcommittee has finalised an official vision for Primary Care Education: "To promote and celebrate excellence in primary health care education, driven by high quality education research and interdisciplinary collaboration". This subcommittee successfully managed a fantastic webinar, by Professor Roger Strasser in November, and have big plans for 2022 to support education research and inter-institutional collaborations, developing new fellowships and finessing the Neil Carson Award. This subcommittee is looking for engagement – so please do register your interest via email!

    Membership Engagement subcommittee is finalising a 5-year plan to support AAAPC membership by engaging with new people and organisations in primary care, and making sure our current members get the best experience. The subcommittee will be supporting a series of targeted webinars and communications for 2022. Please come and join the fun and help us engage with members! Register your interest via email.

     

    Upcoming Funding Opportunities

    In addition to the 2021 PHC grant opportunity for wearable devices and point-of-care testing, there are a few other MRFF grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members, including;

    • The 2021 Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity guidelines were released on 14 October 2021. Applications will open on 3 November 2021 and close on 8 February 2022.
    • The 2021 Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents grant opportunity opened on 14 October 2021 and will close on 16 February 2022.

    Remember to also subscribe to GrantConnect! GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register.

     

    FM Vax: An International Survey on the Integration of Public Health and Primary Care in COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns

    AAAPC member, Professor Felicity Goodyear Smith, is part of an international collaboration of primary care researchers who are requesting your help! The team are surveying primary care professionals to identify the approach used by different countries in their COVID-19 vaccination programmes, focussing on public health and primary health care integration. Please share your perspective in this 15-minute online survey. The survey is available in 7 languages, with an opportunity to enter a prize draw. Visit https://tinyurl.com/fmvax to learn more.

    Ethics Approval provided by University of Toronto REB ID:00041513

    NB: AAAPC is updating their policy on including research in the monthly newsletter. We do not want to overload our members with research, but do want to share opportunities relevant to all members. We will share the policy with you when available!

     

    NAPCRG conference highlights

    AAAPC North American counterpart, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) , held their Annual Meeting online between November 19-23, 2021. While the timing was a challenge for us antipodeans, we had some AAAPC members in attendance including the AAAPC NAPCRG Distinguished Paper Award winner, Abhir Nainani! Read about Abhir's experience and some other presentations below.

    Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to present at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual meeting under the international award section of the conference. I conducted my presentation 'simulated live', which meant that my 15 minute oral presentation was pre-recorded and broadcast throughout the conference's virtual platform. Following the oral presentation, the audience had an opportunity to ask me (and two other international paper award winners from different countries) questions about our presentations. Overall, the conference was extremely enjoyable. I got the opportunity to listen to several incredible speakers discuss exciting research in primary care (which has definitely inspired me to continue research). I'd like to thank the AAAPC and my supervisors for making this possible; it was my first international conference. I feel incredibly grateful to receive this award and present my research! – Abhir Nainani

    Other AAAPC members with research presented at NAPCRG included:

    Professor Grant Russell presented his team's findings on their longitudinal participatory case study of 6 practices negotiating the pandemic in Melbourne in 2020. While the impact of COVID was far less disruptive in Australia compared to the experiences of many of the international attendees at the conference, it was fascinating to see how many of the struggles for practices dealing with the pandemic were common across all jurisdiction.

    Dr Katelyn Barnes, Dr Kathleen O’Brien, and Professor Kirsty Douglas as well as Dr Kyle Eggleton and Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith presented as part of an international forum alongside team members from the Larry A Green Center (USA) and University of British Colombia (Canada) comparing COVID-19 impacts in general practice. The presentations showed that despite very different COVID-19 contexts and health systems, all countries experienced similar levels of strain in general practice. Discussions with the audience focussed on why that might be!

    Dr Pallavi Prathivadi presented a poster on behalf of an international team about Consensus Reporting Items for Studies in Primary Care (CRISP) and contributed to a workshop on improving reporting of primary care research. The CRISP team have found that clinicians are not finding primary care research useful due to lack of detail in reporting of methods and results, and are developing a guide to be added to the EQUATOR network of reporting guidelines. Find out more about CRISP here.

     

    Members Noticeboard

    The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

    In case you missed any posts this month we have seen:

    • Career opportunities with University of Ottawa (closing Dec 22), University of NSW (Closing Jan 6), and University of Otago (closing Feb 7);
    • Opportunities to inform Asthma management guidelines;
    • A conference announcement for mental health in primary care; and
    • Several resources for clinicians including for: women's health, Education (wiseGP), and online tool for PROMs.

    To get updates on the noticeboard in your emails, navigate to the AAAPC members noticeboard (requires login) and click the subscribe button.

    Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

    1. Sign into the AAAPC website and go to the Members Only Section >> Noticeboard

    2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to to receive regular messages to your inbox.

    3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to some of our members in their awards and degrees:

    • Dr Bryce Brickley has completed his PhD. Bryce’s PhD focused on defining patient centered care, and developing a toolkit for patient centered care in general practice in collaboration with the Gold Coast PHN. Well done Bryce!
    • Dr Liz Stugiss, Dr Kathleen O’Brien, Professor Kirsty Douglas and team were awarded Best Paper at NAPCRG for their systematic review published with Family Practice. Read the paper titled: Obesity management in primary care: systematic review exploring the influence of therapeutic alliance.

    Congratulations to some of our members in their successful publications:

    • Sarah Dennis and team: Allied health are key to improving health for people with chronic disease: but where are the outcomes and where is the strategy? Australian Journal of Primary Health, November 2021.
    • Anne Parkinson and team: Managing type 1 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic is a team effort: a qualitative study of the experiences of young people and their parents. BMJ, November 2021.
    • Amy Kirkegaard and team: The Quality in Nutrition Care (QUINCE) model: development of a model based on Australian healthcare consumer perspectives. Family Practice, October 2021.
    • Carolyn Ee and team: Providing lifestyle advice to women with PCOS: an overview of practical issues affecting success. BMC Endocrine Disorders, November 2021.
    • Ben Harris-Roxas and team: A Case Study of an SMS Text Message Community Panel Survey and Its Potential for Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Medical Internet Research, November 2021.
    • Liz Halcomb and team: Australian general practice nurse involvement in mental health: A descriptive survey. Collegian, November 2021

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry!). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 25 Jan 2022 4:52 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    We have a lot of updates this month – a sign of all the wonderful things going on with AAAPC! Make sure you don't miss anything, including announcements regarding:

    • Upcoming webinars
    • Subcommittee updates (and invitations!)
    • MRFF funding opportunities
    • Members noticeboard updates

    and much more. Happy reading!


    Upcoming Webinar: Primary Health Care Education in Rural Settings: Learning generalism in rural, by rural, for rural

    Nov 9, 7:30pm AEDT (9:30pm NZDT). For more details, see the AAAPC webpage.

    Register Now!

    Professor Roger Strasser, from University of Waikato, New Zealand will be presenting a webinar that will explore the challenges and opportunities of PHC education in rural settings with an emphasis on producing generalists who have the skills and commitment to deliver high-quality PHC services.

    Professor Roger Strasser is New Zealand's first Professor of Rural Health. He is leading the University of Waikato's Rural Health Public Engagement, including public education about rural health and advocacy for rural health, as well as community engagement at the local level. In addition, Roger is leading capacity building in rural health research across remote and rural New Zealand.

     

    Big thank you to Dr Chris Barton, from Monash University, for the fantastic presentation to the FACES network on October 26.

    Chris shared about his contribution to building relationships and a positive research culture at Monash, and how he has incorporated that into his career. He also discussed the importance of research networks, both online and offline, and how they can influence academic success. For anyone who missed the session, you can check it out on the AAAPC website soon!

     

    If you would like to join FACES and get the run down on all the great workshops and webinars, please email habiba.jahan@adelaide.edu.au. Next meeting for the FACES team will be in February 2022 (Date to be confirmed).

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Would you like to meet like-minded and passionate primary care researchers?? This is your chance – join a subcommittee today! Email secretariat@aaapc.org.au to register your interest and get linked into a subcommittee!

    A quick overview from each subcommittee this month:

    Presenting the new Membership Engagement Subcommittee! Previously the Membership and Marketing subcommittee, a new name better reflects the work the subcommittee undertakes. The subcommittee works on strategies to build, engage, communicate with and support AAAPC members. This is a big job, and we need you! Help us provide the best experience and support for members. Join by emailing secretariat@aaapc.org.au.

    Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee has been busy this last month working on a response for the new Australian 10-year strategic plan for Primary Care Reform, a response for the October MRFF public consultation, and squirrelling away on defining what a national practice based research network could look like in Australia. The subcommittee also submitted letters to the Health Minister (the Hon. Greg Hunt) and Shadow Minister (the Hon. Mark Butler) expressing their concern and disappointment over the latest MRFF Primary Health Care funding focussed on wearable devices and point-of-care testing.

    Conference subcommittee is busy getting the ball rolling for the 2022 AAAPC Annual Research Conference set for August 18-19. Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration. Join and help shape Australasia’s largest primary health care research conference because it’s #ourprimarycare! Please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au.

    ECR subcommittee is meeting regularly and coming up with their next FACES topic. Keep your eyes on your inbox to see what’s coming next!

    Education subcommittee is busy coordinating the webinar with Professor Roger Strasser for November. Register now! If you have ideas on how to support and advance primary care education, come join this subcommittee - Next meeting will be mid-November, email your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au.

     

    Upcoming Funding Opportunities

    In addition to the 2021 PHC grant opportunity for wearable devices and point-of-care testing, there are a few other MRFF grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members, including;

    • The 2021 Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity guidelines were released on 14 October 2021. Applications will open on 3 November 2021 and close on 8 February 2022.
    • The 2021 Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents grant opportunity opened on 14 October 2021 and will close on 16 February 2022.

    Remember to also subscribe to GrantConnect! GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register.

     

    Members Noticeboard

    The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

    In case you missed any posts this month we have seen:

    • International career opportunities with Hong Kong University and the WHO,
    • A research call to help improve cancer prevention in general practice,
    • And a suite of new educational videos on Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

    To get updates on the noticeboard in your emails, navigate to the AAAPC members noticeboard (requires login) and click the subscribe button.

    Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

    1. Sign into the AAAPC website and go to the Members Only Section >> Noticeboard

    2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to to receive regular messages to your inbox.

    3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.

     

    How to make a engaging noticeboard post

    Thank you to those members who have been sharing opportunities with us on the noticeboard! Sometimes it's just a quick share, but for the times when you really want to catch eyes, here are some tips to increase your engagement.

    1. Make a catchy title or at least descriptive! The title of your post is all someone will see before clicking on it – so make it count. The title of your post will be sent in an email to noticeboard subscribers alongside other posts from the same week, so this is an opportunity to stand out.

    2. Use a picture. While only visible from within the noticeboard post, a picture will draw readers into your post and hold them there longer. After all, a picture says a thousand words (but is much more pleasing on the eyes and brain).

    3. Keep it simple with the text content. Use links out or attach a pdf for more detailed information to prevent having a “wall of text”.

    4. Start with the important stuff at the top, and the broader context towards the bottom. Alternatively, use subheadings or (formatting) to break up the text and make key information easy to find.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations also to some of our members on successful publications:

    • Annette Peart and team: ‘It became quite a complex dynamic’: The experiences of occupational therapy practice educators' move to digital platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, September 2021.
    • Pallavi Prathivadi and team: Implementation science: an introduction for primary care. Family Practice, October 2021.
    • Katelyn Barnes and team: How cost-effective is nutrition care delivered in primary healthcare settings? A systematic review of trial-based economic evaluations. Nutrition Reviews, October 2021.
    • Jon Emery and team: The importance of Primary Care in Cardio-oncology. Current Treatment Options in Oncology, October 2021.
    • Virginia Lewis and team: Improving access to primary health care: a cross-case comparison based on an a priori program theory. International Journal for Equity in Health, October 2021.
    • Michael Kidd and team: Ensuring the continuation of routine primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review of the international literature. Family Practice, October 2021.
    • Ruby Biezen and team: Health workers are among the COVID vaccine hesitant. Here’s how we can support them safely. The Conversation, October 2021.
    • Tom Brett and team: Familial Hypercholesterolemia – an educational video series. September 2021.

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry!). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 29 Oct 2021 10:44 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    This month, AAAPC has hit the ground running with new executive and subcommittee memberships coming into effect. Make sure not to miss any news and announcements regarding:

    • Upcoming member events
    • Subcommittee updates
    • AAAPC travelling fellowship announcement

    and much more. Happy reading!

     

    Upcoming member events

    Save the date for the AAAPC 2022 Annual Research Conference: August 18-19. Add the date to your future diaries now! Keep an eye out for a poll to ask members what format they would prefer: Online or face-to-face.

    FACES' next online meeting is happening on October 26. If you aren’t yet a member of this career development group, join by emailing secretariat@aaapc.org.au.

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    The AAAPC subcommittees are how members can contribute to AAAPC as an organisation. Subcommittees are supportive and collaborative interest groups that meet several times per year to discuss and progress parts of AAAPC.

    Get involved and join a subcommittee by emailing your interest to secretariat@aaapc.org.au. A quick overview from each subcommittee this month:

    • Research, Policy and Advocacy subcommittee will be meeting soon to discuss national PBRN governance and a response to the public MRFF consultation.
    • Conference subcommittee has already set a conference date for 2022: August 18-19. The format of the next conference will be discussed at the next meeting. Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration – come and get involved, we need you!
    • Primary Health Care Education subcommittee is coordinating a webinar later in 2021 around primary health care interprofessional education – watch this space for details.
    • Membership subcommittee will be meeting soon to help new subcommittee members get up to date with projects and to continue work that ensures members get the best AAAPC experience.

     

    AAAPC Travelling Fellowship Award Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the AAAPC Travelling Fellowship! We received some fantastic applications this year, and are looking forward to supporting development opportunities for these researchers and their projects

    • Sanduni Madawala from Monash University. Sanduni's research focuses on healthcare experiences of COPD patients in primary care. Sanduni will use the fellowship towards presenting research findings internationally and connecting with North American research experts about patient experience models.
    • Nor Akma from Monash University. Nor Akma’s research focuses on patient and provider perspectives of obesity management in Malaysia. Nor Akma will use the fellowship for transcription and translation services to support international collaboration on qualitative research.
    • Sharon James from Monash University. Sharon’s project aims to improve understanding of GP Registrar education and training needs in women’s reproductive care. Sharon will use the fellowship to connect with researchers in Australia and present research findings at a national conference.

     

    NAPCRG International Paper Award Winner

    Congratulations Abhir Nainani for paper General practitioners’ perceptions of screening for Primary Aldosteronism: a qualitative study. Abhir is a medical student with a passion for preventative medicine and chronic disease management. He is currently undertaking an Honours year at the Department of General Practice (Monash University), to understand the factors that influence a general practitioners' decision to screen for primary aldosteronism.

    Abhir is passionate about his research topic and hopes his findings will be beneficial, not just for Australian GPs, but for the wider primary care community as well. He is excited to present his findings at an international conference!

    “Following my presentation, I hope that the audience understands that primary aldosteronism is not only common but crucial to detect as it could dramatically change how GPs assess and manage hypertension.”

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations also to some of our members on successful publications!

    • Shakira Milton and team: Pivoting during a pandemic: developing a new recruitment model for a randomised controlled trial in response to COVID-19. Trials, September 2021
    • Grant Russell and team: How do general practices respond to a pandemic? Protocol for a prospective qualitative study of six Australian practices. BMJ Open, September 2021
    • Chris Barton and team: Pragmatic cluster randomised control trial using Vaxcards as an age-appropriate tool to incentivise and educate school students about vaccination. BMJ Open, September 2021
    • Asvini Subasinghe and team: Early medical abortion services provided in Australian primary care. MJA, September 2021
    • Liz Sturgiss and team: Patient and clinician perspectives of factors that influence the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in Australian primary care: a qualitative descriptive study. Family Practice, September 2021
    • Lauren Ball: Should I stay or should I go? Academics facing this dilemma should ask themselves 3 questions. The Conversation, September 2021

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry!). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    Hello and welcome to our new members! We warmly welcome: Miriam Brooks (Western Sydney University), Carolyn Ee (Western Sydney University), Steven Trankle (Western Sydney University), and Jaqueline Roseleur (University of Adelaide).

    It would be a pleasure to introduce members with a short bio and photo in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 3 Oct 2021 1:24 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone

    August has been busy month, a sign of exciting times within AAAPC! Make sure you don't miss any updates in this newsletter, including announcements regarding:

    • 2021 Annual General Meeting overview,
    •  Introducing the AAAPC Executive Committee,
    • AAAPC Conference highlights,

    and much more. Happy reading

     

    AAAPC Annual General Meeting overview

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) was held on Wednesday 11th August 5pm AEST via video conference. Attendance included 62 members. Minutes of the 2021 AGM are available on the AAAPC website, alongside the President's Report, Financial Report, and Subcommittee Reports. Big thank you to the 2020 AAAPC Executive Committee for their passion and drive in achieving big things last year, despite the challenges of 2020!

    The AAAPC Charles Bridges-Webb Medal for outstanding and ongoing teaching and research contributions in primary care was awarded at the AGM to Professor Michael Kidd (AM). Congratulations Michael!

    Professor Kidd is the current Principal Medical Advisor and Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Australian Government Department of Health, and Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University. He  also holds fellowships and honorary professorships with the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the University of Melbourne, the Southgate Institute for Health, Flinders University, and the University of Toronto.

     

    Introducing your new 2021/22 AAAPC Executive Committee Members

    The 2021 AAAPC AGM included confirmation of the new 2021 AAAPC Executive Committee. These members will be supporting AAAPC President, Dr Phyllis Lau.

    Policy Research and Advocacy Subcommittee Chair

    Hello, I’m Jon Emery. I am an academic GP having completed my DPhil in Oxford many years ago on computerised cancer risk assessment. I moved to Australia in 2004 to become the Chair of General Practice at UWA, and to the UoM in 2013 as Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research. I lead a research group with a focus on cancer and genomics in primary care, methodologically grounded in trials of complex interventions and linked data. I am Director of the national primary care cancer trials group (PC4), and was AAAPC President 2008-10. I'm interested in how the AAAPC can influence national policy on primary care research, especially now with significant opportunities to advance our field. Specifically, the implications of the 10-year plan for primary health care, and discussions about research infrastructure support including PBRNs, a national centre for research innovation and translation and the use of primary care data for research.

    To join this subcommittee, please send an email expressing your interest to sectratariat@aaapc.org.au!

     

    Education Subcommittee Chair

    Hello, I’m Kylie Vuong, the Education Subcommittee chair. I’m a GP academic based at UNSW Sydney. I work closely together with my colleagues to deliver the primary care course to medical students in the UNSW MD program. It was a highlight to see so many primary care education presentations at the AAAPC 2021 Annual Research Conference. I look forward to working with the AAAPC and the Primary Care Education Subcommittee to celebrate primary care education.

    To join this subcommittee, please send an email expressing your interest to sectratariat@aaapc.org.au!

     

    Conference Subcommittee Chair

    Hello, I am Dr Renee Fiolet. My background is in community and paediatric nursing, however I completed my PhD in 2020 at the University of Melbourne on exploring the use of technology to address the barriers Indigenous peoples experience when help-seeking for family violence. I am a Nursing Lecturer at Deakin University, and a new research fellow with the Indigenous Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne. I am passionate about ensuring equity in healthcare for Australia’s First Nations peoples, and I am eager to see a world where health is accessible for all. In my role as Conference Chair I hope to see a 2022 conference that is even bigger and better than the previous fabulous conferences hosted by AAAPC, and I hope to see more representation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, nurses and midwives who each have a big role in primary health care but we not well represented yet within our organisation. Please join the conference subcommittee – we need you!

    To get involved with the 2022 conference, email sectratariat@aaapc.org.au.

     

    Early Career Researchers Subcomittee Chair

    Hello, my name is Habiba Jahan, and I will be chair of the Early Career Research Subcommittee for 2021-22. I am a general practitioner and trainee of the RACGP, currently undertaking my academic registrar post with Prof Nigel Stocks at University of Adelaide. My academic post project  is based on MedicineInsight Database-General Practice management of depression after coronary heart disease. I consider AAAPC a platform for improving research skills, leadership and collaboration.

    During this difficult time of COVID, I will work with other members of AAAPC to promote Primary care research. My aim is to encourage more general practice trainees, nurses and allied health practitioners to undertake research and create a support network for them while they are at the early part of the research career.

    To get involved with the ECR Subcommittee, please email sectratariat@aaapc.org.au.

     

    Marketing and Membership Subcomittee Chair

    I am Dr Kristi Milley, the new AAAPC Marketing & Membership Subcommittee Chair. I started my career as a Medical Scientist but pivoted to primary care research after my PhD. I think my Twitter bio is the perfect 20 character summary of where I am now: National Manager for PC4, Australia's peak organisation for cancer in primary care research. Board game lover and podcast host - Research Roundup. I’m privileged to work with a dedicated group of national researchers for cancer in primary care. I see a dedication and commitment to nurturing academic primary care and primary care research in the AAAPC, which is why volunteered for this role.

    For me, the AAAPC is a great community of researchers, educators and professionals who share my passion for promoting the importance of primary care and primary care research. I look forward to shaping messages that inspire, inform and that create opportunities that grow our community and increase awareness of the work our members do.

    To join the membership and marketing subcommittee, please express your interest via email to secretariat@aaapc.org.au

     

    Treasurer

    Hello, I’m Sibel and I’ll be the AAAPC treasurer for 2021-2023. My background is as a genetic counsellor but my research interests are about translating new genetic and genomic tests for use in the whole population. I finished my PhD in early 2021 (after a fun few months writing it up in lockdown in Melbourne!), which explored the acceptability and feasibility of a colorectal cancer polygenic risk score to target screening in primary care.

    I've now stayed on with the same Cancer in Primary Care research group at the University of Melbourne, expanding my PhD research to explore predicting risk of other cancers in primary care. I love how AAAPC is such a collaborative and warm association, that aims to promote and flourish so many areas of primary care research. I volunteered to be treasurer because I love Excel!

     

    Secretary

    Hello, I am Ms Shakira Milton and I’m the incoming AAAPC Secretary for 2021/22. I am a Research Assistant and have been working on different cancer in primary research projects since 2016. Now, I am a PhD Candidate conducting a randomised controlled trial of a decision aid for bowel cancer prevention in general practice at the Department of General Practice and Centre for Cancer Research at The University of Melbourne. I became a AAAPC member earlier this year and joined the ECR subcommittee which inspired me to join the executive committee. In the role as Secretary, I will provide administrative support to our executive. I committee members. I will also manage the executive committee meetings, and our annual AGM meeting and take minutes in all of our executive committee meetings. I look forward to supporting our exec and learning from everyone!

     

    Newsletter Editor

    Hello (again!), I am Dr Katelyn Barnes and will continue as AAAPC Newsletter Editor for 2021/22. I am a dietitian by trade, but researcher by nature (and training). I completed my PhD in 2017 exploring what nutrition care in the fitness industry looked like and how it could be safer and more effective. Now, I work across Healthy Primary Care (Griffith University) and the Academic Unit of General Practice (ANU), exploring how primary care services and health systems are working (or not working) for patients and practitioners.

    I love how supportive and engaged the AAAPC members are. In the role of newsletter editor, I will keep members up to date with the activities, opportunities, and achievements of AAAPC and its members. I’m looking forward to connecting with you all in your inbox every month!   

     

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference highlights

    The AAAPC Annual Research Conference was an absolute success! Big thank you to the 2020 Conference Subcommittee, chaired by Associate Professor Lauren Ball. Thank you also to all attendees for your participation and support – you all helped to create a positive, supportive and engaged conference that was a pleasure to be a part of.

    Keynote presentations from both Professor Danielle Mazza and Associate Professor Matire Harwood inspired attendees with their unique research journeys, albeit in quite different arenas! Both emphasised the importance of engagement with people, communities, organisations, and politicians for research impact, and highlighted the value of research in supporting equity and informing solutions to social injustices. We are so grateful to both Professor Mazza and Associate Professor Harwood for sharing their experiences, expertise, and enthusiasm!

    Concurrent sessions and posters spanned a broad range of academic primary care. BIG thank you to all presenters for sharing their work, ideas, and contributing to discussions. Published abstracts are available through the Australian Journal of Primary Health (volume 27, issue 4).

    Last but not least, congratulations to the AAAPC Conference Prize Winners! 

    • Dr Ruby Biezen was awarded the SAPC most distinguished paper award for her presentation titled Shared decision support for patients: An antimicrobial stewardship strategy to promote appropriate antibiotics use in primary care
    • Dr Peter Hanlon was awarded the NAPCRG prize for his presentation titled: Identifying frailty in industry sponsored drug trials 
    • Iona Bryson was awarded the Early Career Best Paper award for her paper titled Remote self-management support intervention for type 2 diabetes: A systematic review'.
    • Dr Molly George was awarded AJPH Best Oral Paper for her presentation titled: How to undertake research with refugees: An experiential and fieldwork analysis of a 3-year refugee research programme in Southern NZ
    • Dr Seren Ovington was awarded Best Poster for her presentation titled: Experiences of Australian General Practitioners during the COVID -19 pandemic: A qualitative study
    • Hankiz Dolan was awarded the University of Queensland Mayne Academy of General Practice Award for Excellence in Translating Evidence into Practice for her presentation entitled Adaptation of an encounter decision aid on contraceptive methods for Chinese migrant women living in Australia
    • Dr Katie Fischer, was awarded 1st place in the online conference game. Well done Katie for engaging with the conference in every way possible through the online platform!

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Congratulations to one of our members who have completed their PhD!

    Dr Mari Somerville conducted a 4-phase, multi-methods program of research, guided by the i-PARIHS framework, to understand the nutrition care provided to people with prediabetes in Australia. Mari’s PhD findings suggests that prediabetes is inconsistently detected, and nutrition care is rarely provided to people, despite their desire for support to eat well. Mari’s PhD highlights opportunities to improve care for people living with prediabetes, and may inform redevelopment of health service and workforce models.

    Congratulations also to some of our members on successful publications in August!

    • Sharon James and team: Experiences of Australian primary healthcare nurses in using telehealth during COVID-19: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 
    • Christine Astley and team: The psychological well-being of primary healthcare nurses during COVID-19: A qualitative study. Journal of Advanced Nursing.
    • Lauren Ball: This is what academic and research leadership will be in the future. Linked In Learning.

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry!). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, new publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    Hello and welcome to our new members! We would like to formally introduce:

    From a background in rural general practice, Professor Roger Strasser (AM), was Australia's first Professor of Rural Health and Inaugural Head of the Monash University School of Rural Health before he moved to Canada to become founding dean and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine from 2002 to 2019. In 2020, Professor Strasser became the first professor of rural health in is New Zealand, and now leads the University of Waikato's Rural Health Public Engagement, including public education about rural health and advocacy for rural health, as well as community engagement at the local level. In addition,

    Professor Strasser is leading capacity building in rural health research across remote and rural New Zealand. Recognizing the importance of context and community in medical education and research, Professor Strasser has become one of the world’s foremost authorities on rural, socially accountable medical education, and a sought-after speaker and advisor.

     

    We warmly welcome all our new members! We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

     

  • 3 Sep 2021 4:25 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone

    The end of July is upon us! There have been lots of exciting AAAPC happenings this month, make sure you don't miss anything, including announcements regarding:

    • 2021 Annual General Meeting and Conference updates
    • Nominations for AAAPC Executive Committee members
    • AAAPC subcomittee overviews

    and much more. Happy reading!

     

    AAAPC Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) will be held on the eve of the Annual Research Conference 2021 on Wednesday 11th August 5pm AEST via video conference. All members are eligible to attend. Details to join the meeting will be circulated closer to the date. If you cannot join the meeting, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au with this form completed to appoint a proxy.

    Previous AGM minutes can be found on our website.

     

    Nominate for AAAPC Executive Committee Membership

    Nominations are now open for eight committee positions undergoing election at the 2021 AGM. Join this active group to engage and contribute to ongoing AAAPC activities!

    To nominate yourself, or another equally amazing person, please complete a nomination form and email to secretariat@aaapc.org.au by Monday 9th of August.

     

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    The conference kicks off in 2 weeks! AAAPC annual research conference registrations are still open - register to attend on our conference webpage. On the website you can also see the online program, and workshop descriptions.

    Even though we are online this year, don’t miss out on the social program! There is the Welcome event on Wednesday 11th of August, ECR lunch and evening networking shuffle on Thursday, and a chance to connect with like-minded colleagues in special interest group discussions on Friday.

    We cannot wait to see you all online soon

     

    FACES Update

    Come and catch up with colleagues at the virtual lunch for peer-networking! The FACES lunch is on Thursday 12th of August at 12 noon. This session will use breakout rooms to provide an opportunity to connect with FACES participants and conference attendees in small groups.

    We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Hyun Song, Annette Peart and Ben Harris-Roxas for generously sharing with FACES participants their journey into the ECR workforce on June 16th. The session provided excellent insights into life post-PhD for FACES participants.

     

    AAAPC Subcommittee updates

    AAAPC is an active organisation. The Subcommittees give members a chance to reflect upon and contribute to AAAPC strategic priorities, spanning a wide range of topics such as marketing of AAAPC, engagement of members, national primary care policy reform and writing statements the value of primary care. For more information on the subcommittees, check them out on the website! Here, we will provide a brief overview of each subcommittee from 2020/21.


    The Policy & Advocacy subcommittee have spent a great deal of time working out how AAAPC can contribute to an Australian national practice based research network and are the engine room for writing AAAPC responses to calls from input on a range of nationwide strategies. This year we have responded to the call from the Medical Research Future Fund for input into how the fund has been implemented, and, very recently on Australia's 10-year plan for primary care. We have so far mainly been focussed on Australian issues and would be keen to make an impact into New Zealand's primary care system in years to come.

    Thank you to the 20220/21 subcommittee members, for their insight and contributions through the year! If you would like to get involved for 2021/22 please do get in touch to register your interest!  Importantly, either Grant Russell (grant.russell@monash.edu) or any member of the current executive would be keen to speak to members interested in taking over the role of the Committee Chair and Deputy Chair for 2021-22.

     

    The Marketing & Membership subcommittee has been busy making AAAPC a more visible, effective and sustainable organisation! This year the subcommittee has been led by Dr Lauralie Richard. Our new subcommittee chair, Dr Kristi Milley took on the role in May. Lots of thanks to the 2020/21 subcommittee members, you have all helped shape AAAPC this year! If you are not yet a member, and are passionate about science communication, register your interest via email to kristi.milley@unimelb.edu.au. Don’t forget to follow AAAPC on Twitter @AAAPC_ANZ!

     

    The ECR and Capacity Development subcommittee has been busy creating supports and networking events for early career researchers. This lively and engaged group has been led by Dr Rita McMorrow in 2020/21, and has implemented the mentoring program (FACES), regular catch up sessions, and coordinated the May 2021 webinar with Jean Frederique (available online here). To see some of their hard work in action, come to the FACES networking lunch at the AAAPC Annual Research Conference on Thursday 12th of August. Big thank you to all members of the ECR subcommittee for their input this year! If you are not a member of this subcommittee, but are interested in becoming one, register your interest via email to secretariat@aaapc.org.au.

     

    The Conference Subcommittee has been busy preparing for the annual research conference, happening in 2 weeks. Dr Lauren Ball has chaired the committee to pull together a marvellous 2021 program, with invited presentations from Professor Mazza and Associate Professor Harwood. This subcommittee will be ready for a well-deserved rest soon! But there is no rest for the wicked(ly awesome), and the subcommittee will be ramping up again in September this year to start coordination for the 2022 conference. If you would like to get involved to help pull together amazing primary care research from all around Australasia, get in touch via email to secretariat@aaapc.org.au to register your interest in joining.

     

    The Education Subcommittee has just started this year, with Dr Kylie Vuong at the helm. The group is ambitious and coordinating a AAAPC webinar for later this year. Big thanks to all the education subcommittee members in 2020/21! If you are not yet a member, have an interest in primary care education, and would like to get involved; get in touch via email to Kylie at kylie.vuong@unsw.edu.au.

     

    Subscribe to the Members Noticeboard!

    New jobs, education opportunities, research projects, and primary health care discussions have been posted on the members noticeboard this past month.

    Keep your finger on the pulse by subscribing!

    Get in and engage with members - discussion posts are welcome! You can respond to posts by scrolling down to the bottom of a post and clicking “Reply”. Ask questions, stimulate discussion, or simply let us know which topics you like hearing about.

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    AAAPC is full of prolific writers! Congratulations to several members on their recent publications:

    • Liz Halcomb and team: The impact of nurse leadership education on clinical practice: An integrative review. Journal of Nursing Management. June, 2021
    • Mari Somerville and team: How do healthcare providers support people with prediabetes to eat well? An in-depth, mixed-methods case study of provider practices. Australian Journal of General Practice. July, 2021
    • Phyllis Lau and team: Challenging the status quo: results of an acceptability and feasibility study of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) management pathways in Indonesian primary care. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. July, 2021
    • Grant Russell: Have we forgotten the moral justification for patient centred care? BMJ Quality & Safety. July, 2021
    • Ruby Biezen and team: Evaluating the Implementation of a pilot quality improvement program to support appropriate antimicrobial prescribing in general practice. Antibiotics. July, 2021
    • Uday Yadav and team: Impact of racism and discrimination on physical and mental health among aboriginal and torres strait islander peoples living in Australia: A systematic scoping review. BMC Public Health. July, 2021
    • Alyssa Vass and team: Educator perceptions on teaching indigenous health: racism, privilege and self-reflecivity. Indigenous health. July, 2021

     

    This list does not comprehensively include the achievements of all of our members (sorry!). Please send me an email at katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au when you or another member you know has an achievement that we can all celebrate! Some previous examples include a new PhD completion, new publication, or an award.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    Hello and welcome to our new members! We would like to formally introduce:

    Dr. Erin Oldenhof is a Benzodiazepine withdrawal counsellor at Reconnexion, where she works long-term with individuals who have become dependent on their prescription medication (benzos/z-drugs). She recently completed her doctorate (clinical psychology), where the research impetus was the advent of real-time prescription monitoring of benzodiazepines in Australia. Erin’s thesis presented a new patient-centred model for deprescribing benzodiazepines. She continues research and advocacy to improve patient-centred care amongst primary care clinicians, to reduce the potential harms associated with abrupt discontinuation of benzodiazepines.

     

    We warmly welcome all our new members! We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community. If you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au or katelyn.barnes@anu.edu.au. We are excited to meet you!

  • 1 Aug 2021 7:35 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    Another very full AAAPC newsletter is here! There are lots of exciting AAAPC happenings so make sure you don't miss anything, including announcements regarding:

    • Date for the 2021 Annual General Meeting
    • Nominations for AAAPC Executive Committee members
    • AAAPC awards and fellowships (CLOSE JULY 9th)
    • Celebrating members who have received with national honours

    and much more. Happy reading!


    AAAPC Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) will be held on the eve of the Annual Research Conference 2021 on Wednesday 11th August 5pm AEST via video conference. All members are eligible to attend.

    Details to join the meeting will be circulated closer to the date. If you cannot join the meeting, please email secretariat@aaapc.org.au with this form completed to appoint a proxy.

    Previous AGM minutes can be found on our website.


    Nominate for AAAPC Executive Committee Membership

    Nominations are now open for eight committee positions undergoing election at the 2021 AGM. Join this active group to contribute to ongoing AAAPC activities!

    To nominate yourself, or another equally amazing person, please complete a nomination form and email to secretariat@aaapc.org.au by Monday 9th of August.

     

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    2021 ARC registrations have reached over 100! Woohoo! Registration costs include AAAPC 2021 membership and all conference activities, including the AGM. Discount prices are available for student members. Register now !

    We are looking forward to seeing you online, and discussing all things primary care in August!

     

    AAAPC research and teaching awards are open!

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

    The Neil Carson Medal is a new award, installed in 2020, and is awarded to an AAAPC member who has made, and will continue to make, sustained high level contributions to the leadership in primary care and medical education.

    These two awards are one of the ways AAAPC commits to fostering and supporting career development in academic primary care. Application instructions and nomination forms are available on the prizes tab of the AAAPC webpage. Applications close 5pm 9th July 2021. Prizes will be announced during the AAAPC Annual Research Conference!

     

    AAAPC travelling fellowships are open!

    The AAAPC Travelling fellowship is up to $2000 for use towards costs and activities that will foster collaborations and partnerships between primary care researchers and/or external stakeholders. A total fellowship pool of $6000 is available. The travelling fellowship is available to all AAAPC members, though will prioritise Early Career Researchers. Get in quick! Application instructions and nomination forms are available on the Travelling Fellowship webpage. Applications close 5pm 9th July, 2021.

     

    Update from the Early Career Researcher and Capacity Development Subcommittee

    Are you a member of AAAPC and looking to advance your career through research? Join Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES)! We provide regular meetings for mentoring, advice and collegial discussions about career advancement in primary care research and academia. Please contact Dr Rita McMorrow rita.mcmorrow@unimelb.edu.au to express your interest!

     

    Celebrating AAAPC Members

    Several AAAPC members have received national accolades this month! We would like to congratulate Professor Kirsty Douglas, Professor Paul Glaziou, Professor Chris Del Mar, and Professor Claire Jackson for their substantial contributions to primary care.


    Congratulations Professor Kirsty Douglas on your AMA President’s award!

    At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Australian Medical Association (ACT), held on Wednesday, 26 May 2021, Professor Kirsty Douglas was presented with the 2021 President’s Award by the outgoing AMA President (ACT) Dr Antonio Di Dio.

    Professor Douglas’ award is in recognition of a fine and longstanding contribution to the health services of the ACT. Professor Douglas’ work has encompassed vital roles in almost every aspect of clinical and executive practice. Her long-term contribution has been made with great strength and enthusiasm that continues to this day, in a diverse range of often challenging roles. ​​​​​​​

     

    Congratulations Professor Paul Glasziou on your 2021 Order of Australia (AO) badge!

    Professor Glasziou received his Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medical education and standards, and to evidence-based medical research. He is a Professor of Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University and the Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare. Professor Glasziou’s key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high-quality research in everyday clinical practice.

     

    Congratulations Professor Chris Del Mar on your Order of Australia (AM) badge.

    Professor Del Mar received his Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to tertiary education, to health and medical research, and to professional bodies. He is Professor of Public Health at Bond University and Professor at the University’s Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare.

     

    Congratulations Professor Claire Jackson on your Order of Australia badge.

    Professor Claire Jackson was made a Member in the General Division (AM) for significant service to primary health reform, and to general practice medicine.

    Professor Jackson has devoted the past three decades of her life to health services research and reform and pioneered a new mode of primary care that was used as a prototype nation-wide.

          

    We would also like to congratulate several members on their recent publications:

    • Oliver Frank and team: Implementation of a digital cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia pathway in primary care.
    • Liz Sturgiss and team: Embedding brief interventions for alcohol in general practice: a study protocol for the REACH Project feasibility trial.
    • Jessica Botfeild and team: Sexual and reproductive health “Train The Trainer” programs in low-and middle-income countries: a scoping review.
    • Eleanor Lynch and team: Managing patients receiving new and unfamiliar cancer treatments: A qualitative study of general practitioners' experience.
    • Carolyn Gibson and team: The provision of dementia care in general practice: practice nurse perceptions of their role.

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    Hello and welcome to our new members! We would like to formally introduce:

    Dr Jessica Botfieldis a Research Fellow with SPHERE, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care at Monash University. At SPHERE she is involved in the ORIENT study (ImprOving Rural and regIonal accEss to long acting reversible contraceptioN and medical abortion through nurse-led models of care, Tasksharing and telehealth), the AusCAPPS study (the Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support), and coordinating the Women's SRH COVID-19 Coalition. Jessica is also a Senior Research Officer and Registered Nurse at Family Planning NSW. Her research interests focus primarily on sexual and reproductive health and rights (in particular contraception, unintended pregnancy and abortion, and promoting equitable access to information and services for these), nurse-led models of care and service provision, and the design and evaluation of health services.

     

    Dr. Sanne Petersis a postdoctoral research fellow and started her work at Monash University in January 2021. As part of the General Practice Department, it is Sanne's aim to develop a sustainable collaboration between medical staff and researchers in order to facilitate data-led healthcare improvements. Sanne’s PhD explored strategies aimed at improving the knowledge translation in the training of general practitioners at the University of Leuven in Belgium. During her postdoctoral work in Belgium and as Vice-Chair of the Implementation Working Group of the Guidelines International Network, she has been focusing on practice-oriented research projects. She facilitated bottom-up change processes that aimed to increase the uptake of evidence-based clinical guidelines into primary healthcare practices. Sanne is the co-supervisor of a PhD student in medical education and several other student-led research projects.

               

    Dr Habiba Jahanis an academic registrar of RACGP for 2021-2022. She is undertaking a quantitative study analysing a large dataset MedicineInsight at University of Adelaide under Professor Nigel Stocks. Her study is to investigate General Practice management of Depression in patients with Coronary Heart Disease. Dr Habiba Jahan completed her MBBS in 2012. She holds a Diploma in Child Health (University of Sydney) and a Certificate course in Emergency medicine (ACEM). 

    Dr Jahan is currently working as a GP in training at Hindmarsh Bowden Health, South Australia. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with family and travelling.

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