AAAPC News - October 2019

25 Oct 2019 9:00 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

Register now for our upcoming webinar!

'An Accidental Academic' - November 2019

Now is the time to register for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday the 6th of November 11am-12pm AEST!

Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith from the University of Auckland will be sharing some of her career journey and stories of co-design research projects involving Pacific people in South Auckland, Māori youth in Northland, and primary care researchers in low- and middle-income countries.

Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith is Professor and Goodfellow Postgraduate Chair in the Department of General Practice & Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medical & Health Science at the University of Auckland. She is a general practitioner and also the founding Editor of the Journal for Primary Health Care. She has been blessed with being able to pursue a full and varied primary care research career over the past nearly two decades.

All primary health care researchers and teachers are welcome to attend. This will be the final AAAPC webinar for 2019.

Please register via the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.


Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting - December 2019

The AAAPC Executive Committee are calling an Extraordinary General Meeting at 8am-9am AEDT on December 12, 2019 to enable the membership to vote on constitutional changes. 

To find out more and to view the relevant documents (constitution with proposed changes, table of changes, proxy form), please go to the relevant page on the website. Please note that the the EGM documents are only able to be viewed by AAAPC members.

To RSVP please email by 5th December 2019.


Travelling Fellowship Applications Now Open

The AAAPC Travelling Fellowship provides up to $3000 for an AAAPC member for travel towards research and/or education in 2020. It is part of the AAAPC aim to promote and develop primary care as a creative, cooperative and mutually supportive discipline.

Early career academics are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying, please go to the website for further details.

Applications close November 30, 2019.

Vale Professor Peter Mudge

Many of you will have heard the sad news that Emeritus Professor Peter Mudge passed away early in October. Professor Mudge was President of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice (as AAAPC was then known) for a number of years prior to 2000. Subsequent to that he was a lively contributor to the organisation’s meetings, and was always willing to help early career researchers. 

Professor Mudge’s early research involved describing the epidemiology of Ross River Virus in the Riverland region, for which he was awarded the Faulding Prize for Research in 1982. His advisory work to the National Health and Medical Research Council contributed to 10 years of funding for primary health care research in Australia in the early part of the 2000s. 

Professor Mudge's academic roles included: the University of Dundee, Flinders University (where he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctorate of Science, honoris causa)the University of Queensland (where he was later awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of General Practice) and Professor of General Practice at the University of Tasmania.

Throughout his academic career, Professor Mudge always made time to keep up his clinical work, despite busy teaching and research commitments, providing care to his patients and his local community as a general practitioner. 

Professor Mudge was an inspirational leader within the RACGP, always raising the profile of general practice research. He served as chair of the College Council, Chair and Patron of the RACGP Foundation (which raises funds to support general practice research and education) and Chair of the RACGP National Research Awards Committee.

The RACGP went on to establish the Peter Mudge Medal to honour his work and commitment in general practice and primary care research. This national medal is awarded annually to the presenter at the RACGP Annual Conference whose original research has the most potential to significantly influence daily general practice in Australia. This is a fitting tribute to his work in raising the profile of research in primary care in Australia.

Professor Dimity Pond
Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle


Welcome to New AAAPC Members

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