AAAPC News - October 2021

25 Jan 2022 4:52 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

We have a lot of updates this month – a sign of all the wonderful things going on with AAAPC! Make sure you don't miss anything, including announcements regarding:

  • Upcoming webinars
  • Subcommittee updates (and invitations!)
  • MRFF funding opportunities
  • Members noticeboard updates

and much more. Happy reading!

Upcoming Webinar: Primary Health Care Education in Rural Settings: Learning generalism in rural, by rural, for rural

Nov 9, 7:30pm AEDT (9:30pm NZDT). For more details, see the AAAPC webpage.

Register Now!

Professor Roger Strasser, from University of Waikato, New Zealand will be presenting a webinar that will explore the challenges and opportunities of PHC education in rural settings with an emphasis on producing generalists who have the skills and commitment to deliver high-quality PHC services.

Professor Roger Strasser is New Zealand's first Professor of Rural Health. He is leading 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, Roger is leading capacity building in rural health research across remote and rural New Zealand.


Big thank you to Dr Chris Barton, from Monash University, for the fantastic presentation to the FACES network on October 26.

Chris shared about his contribution to building relationships and a positive research culture at Monash, and how he has incorporated that into his career. He also discussed the importance of research networks, both online and offline, and how they can influence academic success. For anyone who missed the session, you can check it out on the AAAPC website soon!


If you would like to join FACES and get the run down on all the great workshops and webinars, please email Next meeting for the FACES team will be in February 2022 (Date to be confirmed).


AAAPC Subcommittee updates

Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Would you like to meet like-minded and passionate primary care researchers?? This is your chance – join a subcommittee today! Email to register your interest and get linked into a subcommittee!

A quick overview from each subcommittee this month:

Presenting the new Membership Engagement Subcommittee! Previously the Membership and Marketing subcommittee, a new name better reflects the work the subcommittee undertakes. The subcommittee works on strategies to build, engage, communicate with and support AAAPC members. This is a big job, and we need you! Help us provide the best experience and support for members. Join by emailing

Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee has been busy this last month working on a response for the new Australian 10-year strategic plan for Primary Care Reform, a response for the October MRFF public consultation, and squirrelling away on defining what a national practice based research network could look like in Australia. The subcommittee also submitted letters to the Health Minister (the Hon. Greg Hunt) and Shadow Minister (the Hon. Mark Butler) expressing their concern and disappointment over the latest MRFF Primary Health Care funding focussed on wearable devices and point-of-care testing.

Conference subcommittee is busy getting the ball rolling for the 2022 AAAPC Annual Research Conference set for August 18-19. Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration. Join and help shape Australasia’s largest primary health care research conference because it’s #ourprimarycare! Please email

ECR subcommittee is meeting regularly and coming up with their next FACES topic. Keep your eyes on your inbox to see what’s coming next!

Education subcommittee is busy coordinating the webinar with Professor Roger Strasser for November. Register now! If you have ideas on how to support and advance primary care education, come join this subcommittee - Next meeting will be mid-November, email your interest to


Upcoming Funding Opportunities

In addition to the 2021 PHC grant opportunity for wearable devices and point-of-care testing, there are a few other MRFF grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members, including;

  • The 2021 Research Data Infrastructure grant opportunity guidelines were released on 14 October 2021. Applications will open on 3 November 2021 and close on 8 February 2022.
  • The 2021 Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents grant opportunity opened on 14 October 2021 and will close on 16 February 2022.

Remember to also subscribe to GrantConnect! GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of all forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities via an online portal. To receive personalised research grant updates, make sure to input your research key words (separated by commas) when you register.


Members Noticeboard

The AAAPC members noticeboard is a space to post national and international primary care opportunities: jobs, research projects, guidelines and resources – really whatever you like!

In case you missed any posts this month we have seen:

  • International career opportunities with Hong Kong University and the WHO,
  • A research call to help improve cancer prevention in general practice,
  • And a suite of new educational videos on Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

To get updates on the noticeboard in your emails, navigate to the AAAPC members noticeboard (requires login) and click the subscribe button.

Using the noticeboard is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

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

2. Underneath the big blue rectangle there is a ‘Subscribe’ button you can click to to receive regular messages to your inbox.

3. If you would like to leave a message for other members, click the 'Create topic' button underneath the big blue rectangle.


How to make a engaging noticeboard post

Thank you to those members who have been sharing opportunities with us on the noticeboard! Sometimes it's just a quick share, but for the times when you really want to catch eyes, here are some tips to increase your engagement.

1. Make a catchy title or at least descriptive! The title of your post is all someone will see before clicking on it – so make it count. The title of your post will be sent in an email to noticeboard subscribers alongside other posts from the same week, so this is an opportunity to stand out.

2. Use a picture. While only visible from within the noticeboard post, a picture will draw readers into your post and hold them there longer. After all, a picture says a thousand words (but is much more pleasing on the eyes and brain).

3. Keep it simple with the text content. Use links out or attach a pdf for more detailed information to prevent having a “wall of text”.

4. Start with the important stuff at the top, and the broader context towards the bottom. Alternatively, use subheadings or (formatting) to break up the text and make key information easy to find.


Celebrating AAAPC Members

Congratulations also to some of our members on successful publications:

  • Annette Peart and team: ‘It became quite a complex dynamic’: The experiences of occupational therapy practice educators' move to digital platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, September 2021.
  • Pallavi Prathivadi and team: Implementation science: an introduction for primary care. Family Practice, October 2021.
  • Katelyn Barnes and team: How cost-effective is nutrition care delivered in primary healthcare settings? A systematic review of trial-based economic evaluations. Nutrition Reviews, October 2021.
  • Jon Emery and team: The importance of Primary Care in Cardio-oncology. Current Treatment Options in Oncology, October 2021.
  • Virginia Lewis and team: Improving access to primary health care: a cross-case comparison based on an a priori program theory. International Journal for Equity in Health, October 2021.
  • Michael Kidd and team: Ensuring the continuation of routine primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review of the international literature. Family Practice, October 2021.
  • Ruby Biezen and team: Health workers are among the COVID vaccine hesitant. Here’s how we can support them safely. The Conversation, October 2021.
  • Tom Brett and team: Familial Hypercholesterolemia – an educational video series. 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

We would love to introduce new members in the newsletter - it is a great way to build networks within our community, highlight your areas of research interest and projects you might be working on. 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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