AAAPC News - September 2021

29 Oct 2021 10:44 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

Hello everyone,

This month, AAAPC has hit the ground running with new executive and subcommittee memberships coming into effect. Make sure not to miss any news and announcements regarding:

  • Upcoming member events
  • Subcommittee updates
  • AAAPC travelling fellowship announcement

and much more. Happy reading!


Upcoming member events

Save the date for the AAAPC 2022 Annual Research Conference: August 18-19. Add the date to your future diaries now! Keep an eye out for a poll to ask members what format they would prefer: Online or face-to-face.

FACES' next online meeting is happening on October 26. If you aren’t yet a member of this career development group, join by emailing


AAAPC Subcommittee updates

The AAAPC subcommittees are how members can contribute to AAAPC as an organisation. Subcommittees are supportive and collaborative interest groups that meet several times per year to discuss and progress parts of AAAPC.

Get involved and join a subcommittee by emailing your interest to A quick overview from each subcommittee this month:

  • Research, Policy and Advocacy subcommittee will be meeting soon to discuss national PBRN governance and a response to the public MRFF consultation.
  • Conference subcommittee has already set a conference date for 2022: August 18-19. The format of the next conference will be discussed at the next meeting. Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration – come and get involved, we need you!
  • Primary Health Care Education subcommittee is coordinating a webinar later in 2021 around primary health care interprofessional education – watch this space for details.
  • Membership subcommittee will be meeting soon to help new subcommittee members get up to date with projects and to continue work that ensures members get the best AAAPC experience.


AAAPC Travelling Fellowship Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the AAAPC Travelling Fellowship! We received some fantastic applications this year, and are looking forward to supporting development opportunities for these researchers and their projects

  • Sanduni Madawala from Monash University. Sanduni's research focuses on healthcare experiences of COPD patients in primary care. Sanduni will use the fellowship towards presenting research findings internationally and connecting with North American research experts about patient experience models.
  • Nor Akma from Monash University. Nor Akma’s research focuses on patient and provider perspectives of obesity management in Malaysia. Nor Akma will use the fellowship for transcription and translation services to support international collaboration on qualitative research.
  • Sharon James from Monash University. Sharon’s project aims to improve understanding of GP Registrar education and training needs in women’s reproductive care. Sharon will use the fellowship to connect with researchers in Australia and present research findings at a national conference.


NAPCRG International Paper Award Winner

Congratulations Abhir Nainani for paper General practitioners’ perceptions of screening for Primary Aldosteronism: a qualitative study. Abhir is a medical student with a passion for preventative medicine and chronic disease management. He is currently undertaking an Honours year at the Department of General Practice (Monash University), to understand the factors that influence a general practitioners' decision to screen for primary aldosteronism.

Abhir is passionate about his research topic and hopes his findings will be beneficial, not just for Australian GPs, but for the wider primary care community as well. He is excited to present his findings at an international conference!

“Following my presentation, I hope that the audience understands that primary aldosteronism is not only common but crucial to detect as it could dramatically change how GPs assess and manage hypertension.”


Celebrating AAAPC Members

Congratulations also to some of our members on successful publications!

  • Shakira Milton and team: Pivoting during a pandemic: developing a new recruitment model for a randomised controlled trial in response to COVID-19. Trials, September 2021
  • Grant Russell and team: How do general practices respond to a pandemic? Protocol for a prospective qualitative study of six Australian practices. BMJ Open, September 2021
  • Chris Barton and team: Pragmatic cluster randomised control trial using Vaxcards as an age-appropriate tool to incentivise and educate school students about vaccination. BMJ Open, September 2021
  • Asvini Subasinghe and team: Early medical abortion services provided in Australian primary care. MJA, September 2021
  • Liz Sturgiss and team: Patient and clinician perspectives of factors that influence the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in Australian primary care: a qualitative descriptive study. Family Practice, September 2021
  • Lauren Ball: Should I stay or should I go? Academics facing this dilemma should ask themselves 3 questions. The Conversation, September 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, publication, or an award.


Welcome to New AAAPC Members

Hello and welcome to our new members! We warmly welcome: Miriam Brooks (Western Sydney University), Carolyn Ee (Western Sydney University), Steven Trankle (Western Sydney University), and Jaqueline Roseleur (University of Adelaide).

It would be a pleasure to introduce members with a short bio and photo 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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