AAAPC News - May 2019

21 May 2019 12:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

AAAPC Upcoming Webinar

'Polishing the Diamond': Prof Jane Gunn, University of Melbourne

6 June 2019, 10:00am-11:00am AEST 

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.

Please register at:

Jane Gunn is Professor and Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She has served as Head of the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne from 2009-2017. She is a General Practitioner and has established a successful primary care mental health research group and is involved in leading primary care reform.

In this talk Jane will share her story of building a research program around depression and the intersection of depression with  chronic physical health problems. Jane's research journey began with the mission of understanding how depression was being  managed in general practice and how we might further strengthen the role that primary care plays in maintaining emotional  wellbeing. Over the past 15 years or so Jane has focused on understanding the patient experience of care and the context in which care is delivered; as well as understanding the natural history of depression and developing a model of care that can be delivered in primary care which addresses the biopsychosocial needs of people experiencing depressive symptoms.


AAAPC 2019 Annual Research Conference - 12/13 July

We are delighted to announce that the Australian Journal of Primary Health is sponsoring the conference and providing an online supplement with all abstracts. We thank AJPH for their ongoing commitment to supporting high quality primary care research in Australasia.

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

Registrations are now open for the conference – we are looking forward to welcoming you all to Adelaide for a fantastic two days celebrating primary care excellence in our region.


BRIDGES-WEBB MEDAL Nominations now open

The Bridges-Webb Medal is awarded to an AAAPC member who has made, and will continue to make, sustained high level contributions to academic primary care.

This prize is one of the ways AAAPC's commits to fostering and supporting career development in academic primary care.

Nominations for the 2019 Medal are now open. The winner will be announced at the Annual Research Conference Dinner in Adelaide in July 2019

Eligibility criteria:

- Current financial member of AAAPC

- Has made a significant contribution to the academic environment of primary care teaching and/or research to an international competitive standard

- Is continuing in academic primary care and is likely to make further contributions.

Please see the website where further detail are available and where you can download the nomination form.

Completed nomination forms and CV of the nominee need to be emailed to by 5pm AEST on 15th June 2019.


Thoughts and best wishes from AAAPC to Chris Del Mar for continued forward progress in his recovery

Chris Del Mar remains in Intensive Care with a high level spinal injury requiring ventilation but the good news is that he is fully conscious, mentally intact and able to communicate. He has another few weeks in halo traction before the spinal fracture is stable but even before the traction is removed he will able to move out of ICU to a rehabilitation centre. A recent step forward is that Chris now has a speaking valve for the ventilator so he can communicate more easily. Chris is as keen to contribute as ever and from his bed in ICU has been involved in reviewing articles from the Centre of Research in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance in the Community for journal submission.



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