AAAPC News - June 2021

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 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 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 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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