AAAPC News - March 2021

30 Apr 2021 5:21 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)
This is quite a jam-packed newsletter, an exciting sign of all the things that are happening at AAAPC. Make sure you don't miss anything, including announcements regarding:
  • The AAAPC Annual Research Conference
  • An upcoming webinar with Prof Jean-Frédéric Levesque
  • Our new email address (please change your address book)
  • All the information you're missing out from the Members Noticeboard (and an easy way to fix that)
  • Calls for Expressions of Interest to join the AAAPC Executive Committee

and much much more. Happy reading!


AAAPC Annual Research Conference August 12-13 - Scholarships and sponsors

The AAAPC is pleased to offer two competitive scholarships to support attendance at the 2021 Annual Research Conference, including for:

  • A Higher Degree Research student studying at an Australian or New Zealand University, who has an abstract accepted to present at the Conference (poster and/or oral).
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and Māori and/or Pacific Peoples to attend the Conference.

For more information or to register your interest please visit

We are also still seeking sponsors to support the success of the AAAPC Annual Research Conference. Please refer to the conference prospectus for sponsorship opportunities.

We hope to see you online in August, registration is available now! Please contact us if you have any questions.

Associate Professor Lauren Ball

Conference Committee Chair +61413031470.



AAAPC has a new email address! It is, so please update your address books. A huge note of thanks to AAAPC Executive Committee member Lynsey Brown for leading the way with this.


Upcoming AAAPC Webinar - Bridging health services and research through networks and collaboration: A tale of two cities, May 6

The AAAPC Early Career Researcher and Capacity Development Subcommittee are pleased to host Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque on Thursday May 6th, 2021 at 7pm AEDT for the next AAAPC Webinar.

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque is the Chief Executive of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW. Jean-Frédéric is a leader in healthcare system analysis and improvement, combining experience in clinical practice in refugee health and tropical medicine, clinical governance and academic research. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Prior to joining NSW Health, Jean-Frédéric held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system at the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and the Commissaire a la santé et au bien-etre du Québec and he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.  

In this webinar, Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque will reflect on his work in the academic and policy realms to highlight the polarities often erected as barriers for both sectors to work collaboratively. He will draw on examples from recent collaboration across industry, clinical, policy, and academia to drive health care service innovation and system improvements in clinical care. Dr Levesque will discuss how he has built networks across all aspects of the health sector including facilitators and challenges to building collaboration. He will also highlight more specific opportunities for primary care to collaborate with government to drive service improvements. 


News from the Early Career Researcher and Capacity Development Subcommittee

On March 5 the AAAPC Early Career Researcher and Capacity Development Subcommittee held the first FACES - Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support session via Zoom. Thirteen PhD students and ECRs met for a peer-networking session to share our experiences and current research plans. The next session will be on April 30th with Renee Fiolet leading a peer discussion about her experience of using community participatory based research during her PhD.


Stay in touch with AAAPC - A request for members

There are many exciting opportunities constantly going on in the AAAPC community, including great new jobs and research projects. Sadly however, the AAAPC Newsletter only comes out once a month. The good news is that we now have a noticeboard on our website for all our members!

The even better news is that if you would like to keep up-to-date with AAAPC announcements without constantly visiting the website, all you need to do is:

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

2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a where you can click 'Subscribe' to receive regular messages to your inbox from the Members Only (see screenshot below). Follow the instructions from there.

If you would like to leave a message for other members, all you need to do is click the other link under the big blue rectangle --> 'Create topic'.

We are requesting that all AAAPC members strongly consider subscribing to the Members Noticeboard, as an effective way for us all to stay in touch in real time.


Executive Committee Positions - Call for Expressions of Interest

Two of our Executive Committee members are going on maternity leave soon, and will be stepping down shortly before the Annual General Meeting in August 2021.

As such, we are looking for interested AAAPC members to self-nominate for the following positions, both to start in May 2021:

- Chair of the Membership and Marketing Subcommittee

- Newsletter Editor

Please email if you are interested or have any questions.


Report on the AAAPC Webinar with Prof Carl May - February 2021

We were delighted to host Prof May from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for an online webinar. 180 people registered for the event and we were taken on an in-depth tour of implementation and Normalisation Process Theory. The success of this webinar highlights the AAAPC community's passion for research methods and we will be having further webinars in 2021. Participants rated the webinar very highly and many took the opportunity to send warm messages of thanks to Prof May.

The event was hosted by Dr Liz Sturgiss and Dr Lauralie Richard. The recording of the webinar can be found online in the Members only section of the website. We are pleased to provide this recording as a service to members. After July, the recording will be made available to the public.


New Zealand Primary Health Care, General Practice & Rural Health Research Symposium - 27-29 August 2021

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2021 New Zealand Primary Health Care, General Practice & Rural Health Research Symposium, which will be held this year in Invercargill. The event is in-person but people unable to travel in the current circumstances will be able to join the sessions via Zoom.

Closing date for abstract submissions is 12 April 2021. For more details visit:

Medical Research Future Fund Grant Opportunities

Two new MRFF research grant opportunities will be of interest to many AAAPC members:

  • 2020 Clinician Researchers: Applied Research in Health will support groups of clinician researchers  to build research capacity to validate and implement new approaches that improve the quality and consistency of patient care; closing date 12 April 2021.
  • 2020 Rapid Applied Research Translation will support researchers and health service providers to collaborate on projects to improve health care delivery, services and system sustainability; closing date 6 May 2021.

Celebrating some AAAPC Members

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

  • Philippa Buckingham and team: Acceptability of immediate postpartum and postabortion longacting reversible contraception provision to adolescents: A systematic review
  • Rita McMorrow and team: Effect of routinely assessing and addressing depression and diabetes distress using patient-reported outcome measures in improving outcomes among adults with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review protocol

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 especially welcoming new member Dr Rona Carroll! Dr Rona Carroll is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago Wellington, NZ in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. She is also a GP working in youth health with a special interest in transgender and gender affirming healthcare. Rona is a new researcher and her current projects are exploring general practice care for rainbow young people and improving LGBTQIA+ healthcare education for medical students.


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