AAAPC News - February 2019

15 Feb 2019 12:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference

12-13 July, University of Adelaide

The call for abstracts is now open - oral presentations, posters, and skills building workshops are all welcome. We also have a new abstract category - "Dangerous Ideas" - modelled on the successful idea first developed in Canada and now also in the UK. 

Both completed and research in progress are available for submission. A poster on your research in progress is a great way to get feedback and connect with researchers with similar interests.

The call for abstracts closes on 14 March. Early career researchers and HDR students are warmly encouraged to apply.

AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference:

  • Showcasing Australasia's leading primary care research
  • Nurturing research excellence 
  • Building effective research collaborations
  • Translating evidence into high quality practice
  • Magnifying impact in primary care research

Do you have links to organisations who may be interested in sponsorship at #AAAPC19 ARC? We will have sponsorship opportunities for keynotes, prizes and marketing brochures. We would welcome contact from people and organisations who are interested in supporting Australasian primary care research excellence -  


Congratulations to AAAPC members

Dr Karyn Alexander (Monash University) is a finalist in the 2019 Victorian Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research for her doctoral work on preventive health services for children in general practice.

Tim Kariotis recently passed his PhD confirmation at the University of Melbourne. We keenly await his research on information continuity in the mental health space.

Do you have good news to share with AAAPC member? Please send your stories to with "Newsletter" in the subject line.


Upcoming Conferences

17th Qualitative Methods Conference from the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology - This international conference will be held in Brisbane from 1-3 May. Two days of skills building workshops are also happening before the conference. Registrations are open.

2019 Migration, Health and Wellbeing Conference - The conference will take place in Dunedin (NZ) on November 28-29 2019. More details are provided on the conference website.

These conferences are suggested by members - please send any suggestions for external conferences to    


*Spark* Paper of the Month - from Dr Lauralie Richard

Breannon Babbel, Mhairi Mackenzie, Annette Hastings & Graham Watt (2019) How do general practitioners understand health inequalities and do their professional roles offer scope for mitigation? Constructions derived from the deep end of primary care, Critical Public Health, 29:2, 168-180, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1418499

This article investigates the role of general practitioners (GPs) in addressing the wider structural causes of health disparities. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 GPs working in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of Scotland. GPs primarily viewed their role in mitigating health disparities through individual patient encounters. Moving beyond the individual encounter, GPs’ views varied in how they perceived their role extending to structural causes of health, including actions to change local systems, and more significantly, to influence higher level policies relating to social determinants of health. The study suggests that there is scope to strengthen ‘structural competency’ amongst GPs working in disadvantaged areas, with potential implications across the disciplines of primary health care.


Book Review

I have to thank Dr Jason Agostino (ANU) for sending me this month's book - "Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age" by Samual Smee from The Quarterly Essay. This essay explores the "self", how this is characterised when engaging with social media, and the dangers of "boxing" people into categories based purely on their digital footprint. I think Jason was perhaps sending me a subtle message about my Twitter use? Have a read and see what you think for yourself.


Until next month

Dr Liz Sturgiss, AAAPC Editor

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