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AAAPC October 2018 Newsletter

18 Oct 2018 5:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

AAAPC News - October 2018 
Inaugural Webinar
The inaugural AAAPC webinar was well attended with 40 people logging in from both sides of the Tasman. Prof Grant Russell (Monash) generously shared his experiences as an academic in primary care and the feedback on the presentation and the webinar platform has been overwhelmingly positive.

An enormous thank you to Dr Lauralie Richard and Dr Phyllis Lau for leading this new initiative - as a grassroots organisation we currently exist only on the dedication of members. Thank you so much for your time, effort and enthusiasm. The recording of the webinar will be available on the renovated website.

2017 AAAPC Most Distinguished Paper Award - SAPC, UK
Dr Penny Abbott (Western Sydney University)
It was an honour to be the recipient of the AAAPC Most Distinguished paper award in 2017, and then to be able to present this at the SAPC conference in London this year. The conference was full of passionate primary care researchers and commitment to social justice was in the air!

The paper was titled ‘Medical homelessness’ and women in contact with the criminal justice system and reported on a qualitative study of access to care for this marginalised group of people. The research was undertaken as part of my PhD, and carried out under the expert supervision of Prof Wendy Hu and Prof Parker Magin and cultural mentorship of Ms Joyce Davison.  Women in contact with the criminal justice system often have high health needs, problems with substance misuse and backgrounds of disadvantage and life trauma. They experience serial incarcerations and can struggle to access the care they need either in prison or in the community. I hope this work contributes to the efforts to break this cycle of ill health and recurrent imprisonment. It has become increasingly clear to me that primary care is part of the solution and we need to welcome people with substance misuse and those leaving prison into our medical homes.

It was a big moment for me to win the AAAPC award and also be awarded my PhD this year, and I just wanted to reflect on my path to this point. The Australian academic primary care movement has been very important to me. Having been a clinician for many years, I was very attracted by the PHCRED Researcher Development Program and was awarded a fellowship in 2008-9. I had very encouraging supervisors, particularly Dr Rachelle Rubinstein, and lots of resources made available to me, meaning I could knuckle down to qualitative research and fine coffee at the Sydney University premises in Balmain. After a travelling fellowship through RACGP to attend an international WONCA conference I was completely hooked. I joined the RACGP Standing Committee for Research and their Ethics Committee and shortly after started my own PhD. I love the stimulation and constant learning of an academic career, and the way it ties so well to being a clinician and to creating positive change. Thanks AAAPC and everybody who has been working all these years to keep academic primary care growing.

Congratulations Penny on your successful year - especially on the award of your PhD. From everyone at AAAPC.

GP18 - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Annual Conference
Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith presented the research plenary at the 2018 annual RACGP conference. Centred on the work of WONCA, she described how research (just like chocolate) should be something that everyone can consume and enjoy. WONCA - the World Organization of Family Doctors - has existed longer that the Wonka movies, but not as long as the famous R. Dahl book. WONCA continues to be the peak international body for the work of family doctors and Felicity's work to emphasise the role of research was inspiring.

*Spark* Paper of the Month - by Dr Lauralie Richard
Luig, T. , Anderson, R. , Sharma, A. M. and Campbell‐Scherer, D. L. (2018), Personalizing obesity assessment and care planning in primary care: patient experience and outcomes in everyday life and health. Clin Obes. doi:10.1111/cob.12283
Our Spark paper of the month is an outstanding qualitative piece of work undertaken by the 5As Team at the University of Alberta examining primary care consultations and their impact in patients’ everyday life to propose an approach to personalized clinical conversations about obesity. Findings contribute to a greater understanding of how primary care providers can impact health through communication. The study found that for people who are willing to talk about weight with their provider, the proposed personalised approach fosters emphatic care relationships, results in cognitive and emotional shifts that support patients in making sustainable changes to improve health and optimizes interdisciplinary team care to avoid misplaced efforts.

Book Review - by Dr Liz Sturgiss
This month I am recommending two books that were featured in Grant's webinar:
- "The doctor, his patient, and the illness" by Balint (1964)
- "A textbook of family medicine" by McWhinney

In the interest of authenticity I will admit that I have not read either of these books, but have them earmarked for beach-side reading over the summer. Grant described these books as life and career changing in his webinar.
Grant also mentioned a paper from 1986 by McWhinney "Are we on the brink of a major transformation of clinical method?" It is interesting to read and reflect on how far clinical teaching and practice has (or has not) tipped over the brink that McWhinney described 32 years ago.

Welcome to New AAAPC Members
We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community.

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