AAAPC News - August 2021

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!


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!


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


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


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



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!



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 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 or We are excited to meet you!


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