AAAPC News - July 2021

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 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 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 ( 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 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


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 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


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.

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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 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 or We are excited to meet you!

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