AAAPC News - February 2021

30 Mar 2021 5:11 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

AAAPC Webinar with Prof Carl May - Thursday 18 Feb

AAAPC is pleased to host Prof Carl May from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for an online webinar. His talk is titled "When implementation goes wrong: how can we understand the dynamics of failure to launch?"

 Implementation science is an exciting field of research that focuses on how to get high quality evidence about treatment, and the organisation and delivery of care, into routine practice. In this talk Carl will look at the dark side of implementation – and explore some of the reasons why big expensive implementation projects often fail. 


- Thursday 18 Feb 7pm AEST/9pm NZDT

- Registration is free and AAAPC welcomes all primary care researchers and teachers

- For further information please see the AAAPC website or email


AAAPC Annual Research Conference - Call for abstracts now open

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

In 2021 we are seeking abstracts across four different presentation types: Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations, Dangerous Ideas and Interactive Workshops.

Please visit the website for all the details and to submit your abstract. The call for abstracts will close on Wednesday 17 March 2021.


Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) list now on website

Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are sustained collaborations between practitioners and academics who are dedicated to developing relevant research questions, working together on study design and conduct, and translating new knowledge into practice to ultimately benefit the health of populations.

In 2020, there are around 23 primary health care PBRNs in Australia. The Australian primary health care PBRNs, mostly based in general practice and administered through academic institutions, vary in sizes but their key function is to engage clinicians in research to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.

A list of PBRNs is now available under the Resources tab on the AAAPC site. Please note this is a members only page so you will have to be logged in for access.


FACES Program is recommencing for 2021!

AAAPC’s peer-support program FACES 'Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support' is recommencing for 2021.

The objective of this program is to provide mentoring, advice and collegial discussions about career advancement in primary care research and academia for AAAPC members.

Our first session will be a peer-networking Zoom session on Friday March 5th at 12midday AEDT. This will be an opportunity to meet and learn about each other’s current and future research plans.

Register your interest here: (note this is a members-only page) or contact if you have any questions.


Celebrating some AAAPC Members

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

Congratulations also to Prof Jane Gunn, whose research into better management of those at risk of persistent and disabling depression has been showcased in the NHMRC’s '10 of the Best’ success stories from Australia’s health and medical researchers.

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


Welcome to New AAAPC Members

We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email This is a great way to build networks within our community. This month we are welcoming our first academic optometrist to the AAAPC community, Prof Allison McKendrick.


Prof Allison McKendrick BScOptom, MScOptom, PhD

Allison is an academic optometrist in the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, The University of Melbourne. She has served as Head of Department from 2013-March 2021, and was Deputy Head of the Melbourne School of Health Sciences from 2017-2020.  Her research aims to better understand normal visual processing and damage due to disease, particularly in older adults. Her research lab has applied aims including developing better clinical tests for the assessment of vision loss; determining methods of preventing visual damage, and improving understanding of the consequences of vision loss on performance in natural visual environments and day-to-day tasks. Her lab has been supported by from the ARC, NHMRC, and industry partnership. Allison is active in optometric peak professional bodies, being a current member of the Board of Directors of Optometry Victoria/South Australia, and a former director of the national body, Optometry Australia.

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