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AAAPC November 2018 Newsletter

19 Nov 2018 1:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

AAAPC News - November 2018  
 
Global Conference on Primary Health Care
Lynsey Brown
 
From 25-26 October, the WHO, UNICEF and Government of Kazakhstan co-hosted the Global Conference on Primary Health Care at the striking Palace of Independence in Kazakhstan’s new capital, Astana. Over 2000 delegates attended this event (including AAAPC members Kirsty Douglas, Michael Kidd and Teng Liaw) that brought together heads of state; ministers of health, finance, education and social welfare; academics; health professionals; consumer advocates; youth delegates; philanthropists; media; and representatives from non-government, civil society, private and global health advocacy organisations.

A mix of high-level plenaries, breakout panel discussions, exhibits and café sessions addressed core topics from non-communicable diseases to antimicrobial resistance, meeting the needs of marginalised populations, health financing, integration, prevention, social determinants, workforce challenges, and digital technologies. The aims of the Conference were to reflect on achievements since the historic 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration, and endorse the 2018 Astana Declaration. The new Declaration reaffirms commitment to PHC to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals, acknowledging that Health for All cannot be accomplished without equitable, person-centred, high quality PHC.

I was invited to attend the Conference and the Young People’s Engagement in PHC Youth Preparatory Workshop after being accepted into the WHO’s PHC Young Leaders Network, alongside fellow Australian Kaara Calma from the University of Wollongong. The 21 members of the Network were selected from over 2000 international applicants. We now have the opportunity to work together to promote and advocate for PHC, including engaging with the WHO’s PHC agenda, and learning from global leaders through mentorship opportunities. It is a real honour and I look forward to working with these inspiring colleagues from all corners of the globe over the next 12 months.
 
NAPCRG - North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting: Chicago 9-13 November
The NAPCRG Annual Meeting is one of the biggest primary care research conferences in the world. Attended by over 1000 delegates from 21 countries it showcases the best of primary care research.

Congratulations to Prof Danielle Mazza who was awarded a Distinguished Paper for her work "The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd): Results of a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial Aimed at Increasing Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Uptake". Danielle presented the results of the RCT at the Sunday plenary and her work was met with interest, enthusiasm and many questions from the floor.
 
Congratulations are also extended to Jason Chiang who was awarded the Starfield Award for first place in the Distinguished Trainee Award for his work "Associations Between Multimorbidity, All-Cause Mortality and Glycaemic Outcomes in People With Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review". An amazing achievement to be recognised as the top trainee at this international forum - may your success long continue Jason!
 
Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith presented the AAAPC Distinguished Paper titled "Identifying and Closing Gaps in Primary Health Research and Implementation in Low and Middle Income Countries" highlighting her international collaboration working to improve primary care research across the globe. The solid approach to method under tight time constraints was applauded by many delegates.
 
As always, the antipodean delegates enjoyed spending quality time together at great restaurants and on the dancefloor.

NAPCRG welcomes international researchers and it is a great forum for expanding your research ideas into global healthcare settings. Next year the Annual Meeting will be held in Toronto, and in 2020 in San Francisco.
 
22nd WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors: Seoul, Korea 17-21 October
Prof Michael Kidd was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the World Organisation of Family Doctors at WONCA World in Korea. Michael was recognised for his ongoing work in championing the worth of primary healthcare in international forums across the world.

Michael also presented the Ian McWhinney Keynote Address "A Call to Heal" at the Family Medicine Forum in Canada. His inspiring talk generated a Twitter storm that has left many of us wishing we had been there to hear it! Congratulations on these achievements from everyone at AAAPC.
 
Members on the move
We wish Prof Nick Zwar well in his new role as Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University commencing on 14 January 2019. Best wishes Nick for a smooth move filled with success and happiness from everyone at AAAPC!
 
*Spark* Paper of the Month - from Dr Lauralie Richard
"Qualitative research in healthcare: Modern methods, clear translation - a white paper" from Australian Institute of Health Innovation was published in August this year.

This White Paper provides critical guidance on the use of qualitative  methods in health services and medical research. It illustrates the  scope of qualitative methods across a range of studies, and the impact of qualitative methods on research outcomes and  healthcare practices. The monograph discusses current and innovative  methods in use, and effective ways in which research results may be  implemented to foster change. It examines the more challenging and controversial aspects of applying qualitative methods in healthcare  contexts, raises awareness of key ethical issues, and highlights quality  criteria for qualitative research to foster a culture of excellence in  the field.
 
Book Review
It is too late for exam writing this year, but the book "Symptom Sorter" by Hopcroft and Forte provides inspiration for writing primary care clinical exam questions.

Based on symptoms, there are lists of differential diagnoses, most likely symptoms, red flags and things not to be missed. Put it on your list for expanding your exam question bank for 2019.
 
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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