AAAPC News - October 2022

5 Dec 2022 5:07 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)
Hello everyone,

October is coming to an end! AAAPC has been busy working on projects to provide value for members. Make sure you don’t miss any updates including:

  • Upcoming AAAPC webinar
  • AAAPC Travelling Fellowships
  • AAAPC and SAPC relationship building
  • AAAPC Noticeboard news

…And more

Happy reading!


Upcoming webinar: Must-knows for academics: journal peer-review and editorial processes

The Early Career Research Subcommittee is putting on a webinar November 24, 7pm (AEST) on peer review and editorial processes. Register now to learn about the journal submission process, how to conduct peer reviews, what an editorial team do and how to get involved with professional publications. The session will be chaired by Dr Jessica Botfield and speakers include leading primary care researchers: Tim Stokes, Liz Halcomb, Virginia Lewis and Rupert Payne.


AAAPC Travelling Fellowship opening soon!

AAAPC's travelling fellowship aims to foster collaboration and support primary care research, especially among ECRs. Applications are for up to $2000. Up to three applicants will be selected by an unconflicted panel. Successful applicants can use the funds to contribute to travel costs, accommodation, professional development, direct research costs and conference registration. Find out more and on the AAAPC webpage.


AAAPC and SAPC relationship building

AAAPC and SAPC (UK equivalent organisation) are working on shared member benefits! Read Dr Phyllis Lau and Dr Rupert Payne's statement online. The two organisations have just drafted a memorandum of understanding for working together. The organisations are already conducting joint webinars and are planning many more. View our last joint webinar here. Find out about our next joint webinar here.


Members Noticeboard

The AAAPC members noticeboard is the 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: New Senior Lecturer position in Wellington NZ; Part time researcher position with Loddon and Gannawarra Health Services; Head of school position at Australian National University; Chair of General Practice position at University of Newcastle; a call for research participation for those working in aged care; and a discussion on the lack of transparency in MRFF decisions. a call for research participation for those working in aged care; and a discussion on the lack of transparency in MRFF decisions.

To get regular updates on noticeboard posts 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.


AAAPC Subcommittee Updates

AAAPC has 5 subcommittees dedicated to advancing the AAAPC strategic goals and building excellence in academic primary care. New subcommittee chairs were elected for 2022/23 at the AAAPC AGM on 17th of August. If you would like to get involved in one or more of the subcommittees, email your interest to

  • Early Career Researcher subcommittee met in September. The subcommittee has confirmed their workplan for next 12 months with key priorities in: Promoting FACEs group and running a webinar in November. The subcommittee will soon be asking all FACEs members for input on what they would like out of the program this year -- so keep an eye out for an email from us in your inbox! The subcommittee will meet every 2 months to progress their workplan -- if you would like to join this subcommittee, please email
  • Education subcommittee is currently finessing the requirements for the Education travelling scholarship - keep your eyes on the website for application instructions as they will open soon! This subcommittee is also working with SAPC to put together a series of presentations on primary care education and practice. If you have ideas on how to strengthen primary care education research and practice, please join this subcommittee! Email:
  • Membership Engagement subcommittee working on a webinar covering online research profiles: what you need and how to get it for February 2023. Keep your eyes on our webpage and on twitter to get the details on when to join! Our ME co-chairs are tweeting up a storm – make sure you like and share AAAPC tweets to help us increase our organisations reach and influence. This subcommittee would love more support, to get involved in making AAAPC high value for it’s members, please get email your interest to
  • Conference subcommittee has started the ball rolling on the 2023 conference! No rest for this group as they are diving into finding a venue for an in person conference. The venue will likely be a university setting on the eastern coast. This subcommittee needs more help – get involved in coordinating the BEST primary care conference for Australia and New Zealand. Email:
  • Research, Policy & Advocacy subcommittee is considering how best to engage with General Practice Head of Departments around GP workforce crisis in both Australia and New Zealand. The subcommittee will also be coordinating a webinar for early 2023 – watch this space!


Upcoming Primary Care Opportunities

International research funding opportunities

The NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme in the UK has a long-standing collaboration with the Australian NHMRC and advertise joint commissioned calls inviting collaborative international research proposals to address shared research priorities. These collaborative commissioned calls are announced on the NIHR and funding NHMRC websites. There is also opportunity to suggest research topics that could go through the NIHR prioritisation process for future funding consideration. Joint funding applications between the UK and Australia may be one way to provide opportunity and solidify international relationships in primary health care research.

Please contact the Secretariat if you have a research idea and we can put you in touch with the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) in the UK who will assist with facilitating collaboration with NIHR.


Australian primary care specific funding opportunities

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

  • NHMRC Targeted Call: Cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity in dementia. This once off grant opportunity is to stimulate research that is inclusive of culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse individuals, conducted in a culturally safe and appropriate manner, contributing to improving best practice approaches for dementia research. Applications close 16 November, 2022.
  • MRFF CTAI and EPCDRI 2022 Pancreatic Cancer Research Grant Opportunity. Primary care relevant opportunities in stream 1. Applications close December, 2022.
  • MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity. Grant opportunity to propose a single clinical trial in Australia in collaboration with international counterparts. Applications close February, 2023.
  • MRFF Multiple Sclerosis Research Grant Opportunity. Primary care relevant opportunities particularly in stream 4. Applications close February, 2023.

Remember to 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!


Celebrating AAAPC Members

Congratulations to some of our members on successful publications:

  • Grant Russell and team: Enhanced primary care after hospitalization: General practitioner, pharmacist and patient feedback from the REMAIN HOME trial. Research in Social and administrative pharmacy. October, 2022.
  • Kyle Eggleton and team: Understanding and experience of climate change in rural general practice in Aotearoa—New Zealand. Family Practice, September 2022.
  • Lauren Ball and team: Effectiveness of interventions to improve health behaviours of health professionals: a systematic review. BMJ Open, September 2022.
  • Katelyn Barnes and team: Why patients attend afterhours medical services: A cross sectional survey of patients across the Australian Capital Territory. Australian Journal of Primary Health, August 2022.
  • Kristi Milley and team: Embedding primary healthcare professionals as consumers I ncancer research development. Australian Journal of General Practice. August 2022.
  • Liz Halcomb and team. Evaluation of the Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced scale and exploration of coping among primary health care nurses during COVID-19. Journal of Nursing Management. September, 2022.
  • Oliver Frank. Clinical software packages can be improved to help general practitioners increase the provision of preventive care. Australian Journal of Primary Health 28(3) 204-206. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2022.

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. Remember to also tag @AAAPC_ANZ in tweets about achievements in primary care -- we would love to share the joy!


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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