AAAPC News - January 2022

8 Mar 2022 5:32 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

Hello everyone

Happy New Year (hopefully we can still say that despite the fact January has quickly come to an end). We have a short and sweet newsletter this month, including:

  • Subcommittee updates
  • Upcoming opportunities for publication and funding
  • Members noticeboard updates
  • Celebrating members

Happy reading!


AAAPC Subcommittee updates

Ever wondered how to get more involved with primary care research, education, and policy? Join a subcommittee today! Email your interest to to be linked in to a subcommittee that interests you.

A quick update from the subcommittee chairs about what they have been working on:

  • Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee met in January to discuss a response to the General Practice Data and Electronic Clinical Decision Support consultation. The subcommittee remains committed to informing what a national practice based research network could look like and formulating responses to issues as they arise. The next meeting for this subcommittee will be in March 2022.
  • Conference subcommittee is working hard to ensure the 2022 AAAPC research conference on reforming primary health care is bigger, better, bolder and more diverse than ever before. Given the current COVID-19 context, the subcommittee made the challenging decision for an online conference. Dates remain mid August and Abstract calls are coming end of Feb – watch this space!. This subcommittee is small, and rests on very few shoulders. Please come and get involved! Active and contributing members of this subcommittee will get discounted 2022 conference registration.
  • ECR subcommittee would like to remind members to check out previous FACES webinars on our webpage. 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 decided).
  • Education subcommittee will be meeting in February to start actioning big plans, including the development of new fellowships to support education research and inter-institutional collaborations.
  • Membership Engagement Subcommittee met in January and is recruiting more members! You may receive an invitation to join – but if you don’t and you would like to contribute, please get email your interest to In addition to recruiting members, this subcommittee will be coordinating several webinars for 2022 including a “Meet the Masters” series. Watch this space to find out when the webinars will start!


Upcoming Opportunities

AJPH Special Issue -- Upcoming publication opportunity

A few AAAPC members are leading an upcoming Australian Journal of Primary Health special issue, titled: Equity in Primary Health Care Provision: More than 50 years of the Inverse Care Law. An outline of the scope of topics covered can be found on the AJPH website, linked above. Please email an Expression of Interest by 30th March 2022 to Dr Harris-Roxas to confirm the suitability of your submission for the special issue. Full submissions to be submitted in July 2022.

The Australian Journal of Primary Health has published high quality, peer-reviewed papers since 1995 (see flyer here). This is an attractive opportunity to publish alongside your peers in the field plus contributing authors receive free access to all papers published for this project in perpetuity.


Primary Care specific funding opportunities

A few primary care relevant grant opportunities that may be of interest for you or your team members:

  • Preventive and Public Health Research Initiatives: Maternal Health and Healthy Lifestyles Grant, Consumer-Led Research Grant, and Chronic Respiratory Conditions Grant (particularly stream 2). All opened 20 December 2021, and close 13 July 2022.
  • Indigenous Health Research grant opportunity with several potential primary care applications. Applications opened 20 December 2021, and close 2 March 2022.
  • Cardiovascular Health Mission with potential primary care applications for Streams 2-4. Applications opened on 28 September 2021 and close on 23 February 2022.
  • Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care grant opportunity with some potential primary care applications for Streams 1-3. Applications opened 22 September and close on 16 February 2022.
  • Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents grant opportunity. Applications opened on 14 October 2021 and will close on 16 February 2022.
  • Primary Health Care Digital Innovations grant to develop novel digital health tools and technologies to improve access to primary health care services in disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations. Applications close on 22 July 2022, minimum data due 29 June 2022.
  • Clinical Trials Activity grant opportunity with primary care specific opportunities in streams 5 and 6. Applications opened 20 December 2021 and close 6 July 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 December and January we have seen: a call for research participation regarding e-cigarettes, and a call to participate in research on international COVID-19 public health measures. Also highlighted was a documentary “Behind the Mask – on the front line against Coronavirus” which tells the story of front line doctors and nurses fighting the virus.

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.


Celebrating AAAPC Members

Congratulations to some of our members in their successful publications:

  • Kathleen O’Brien and team: Parents’ perceptions of their child’s weight among children in their first year of primary school: a mixed-methods analysis of an Australian cross-sectional (complete enumeration) study. International Journal of Obesity. January, 2022.
  • Ruby Biezen and team: Qualitative exploration of intentions, concerns and information needs of vaccine-hesitant adults initially prioritised to receive COVID-19 vaccines in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. January, 2022.
  • Liz Halcomb and team: The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of care by Australian primary health care nurses. Health and Social Care in the Community. January, 2022
  • Susan McInnes and team: An integrative review of primary health care nurses’ mental health knowledge gaps and learning needs. Collegian. January, 2022.
  • Anna Wood and team: The SMARTscreen Trial: a randomised controlled trial investigating the efficacy of a GP-endorsed narrative SMS to increase participation in the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Trials. January, 2022.
  • Mark Morgan and team: What do patients experience? Interprofessional collaborative practice for chronic conditions in primary care: an integrative review. BMC Primary Care. January, 2022.
  • Felicity Goodyear-Smith and team: Multinational primary health care experiences from the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative analysis. SSM – Qualitative research in health. December, 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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