AAAPC News - March 2019

21 Mar 2019 4:40 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

Annual Research Conference - 12-13 July

Thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for the upcoming conference. The high quality of the submissions is a reflection of the great primary care research that is happening in our region.

Abstracts will be distributed to peer reviewers before the end of the week. Reviewers are asked to return their ratings by Friday 5th April.

Registrations are now open – if your membership is up-to-date, you are able to register at the reduced rate by logging in with your email and password.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Adelaide for this exciting event.

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 #ARC2019? 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 -  


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Upcoming event - AAAPC Webinar

Join us for our next Webinar featuring Professor Jane Gunn from the University of Melbourne. We welcome all primary health care researchers and teachers to attend.

When: Thursday 6th June 2019, 10:00am-11:00am AEST. 
Please register via the link below:


Seeking your views and ideas

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is currently reviewing the classification codes they use to classify research and development in Australia. They are seeking input from peak bodies.

AAAPC is willing to address this issue if our members feel we should, but we need input from members.

Please let us know - do you believe the Australian & NZ Standard Research Classifications including the Fields of Research (FOR) and the Socio-Economic Classification (SEO) categories appropriately embrace and reflect what is needed in the primary care space? 

If you feel strongly about this please email us at Our Policy and Advocacy group will collate the responses and, if necessary will feed into the ARC's consultation process.

Thanks for your engagement

Kirsty Douglas

President AAAPC


AAAPC Membership – online renewal now available

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Fill in your details including your research interests

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AAAPC's vision is for a multidisciplinary primary care oriented health care system founded on patient-centred, primary care principles and developed through evidence and education.


To be Australia and New Zealand's leading advocate for high quality multidisciplinary primary care research, education, policy and practice.


We are a proudly multidisciplinary Trans-Tasman organisation. Our members are from Australia and New Zealand. All share a passion for primary care and include:

  • Professionals from any primary care discipline who have an interest in research and/or education
  • Primary care academics working at universities or with training providers
  • Higher degree research students and/or postgraduate trainees of primary care disciplines

Thank you for ongoing support of AAAPC


*Spark* Paper of the month – by Dr Lauralie Richard

This month’s paper was suggested by Prof Kirsty Douglas as it caught her eye as of relevance to the wider primary care research community.

Oliver K, Cairney P. (2019). The dos and don’ts of influencing policy: A systematic review of advice to academics. Palgrave Communications, 5 (21).

Academics are routinely urged to create impact from their research - to change policy, practice, and even population outcomes. However, there are few empirical evaluations of strategies to enable academics to create impact based on strong scientific evidence. In this recent systematic review, Oliver & Cairney systematically searched for, and synthesised, the ‘how to’ advice found in the academic peer-reviewed and grey literature. Learn more about this important work and gain critical insight about key choices and tensions in engaging with policymakers, and useful, informed advice for academics on when, how, and if to engage with policymakers.


Book review

This month’s book was suggested by Dr Katrina Long – a classic text that is often mentioned in academic circles. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn has paved the way for how we think about paradigms, philosophy, and research practice. It is good to read and reflect on the current primary care research climate – why do we do what we do? And do we need to shift our thinking?


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 This is a great way to build networks within our community. 


Until next month

Dr Liz Sturgiss, AAAPC Editor
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