AAAPC News - March 2020

25 Mar 2020 6:47 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

Hello - we are thinking of you all in these tricky times. This month's newsletter contains ongoing online options for connection, some details on resources and support efforts, and some totally unrelated other news. Take care :)

AAAPC Annual Research Conference - 14-15 August 2020 is going ahead online

As you are probably already aware, the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference will be held online this year. This is an exciting development amidst all the stress, and the Conference Subcommittee are working hard to make this an enjoyable, encouraging and enlightening event.

AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstract reviewers

The conference organising committee welcomes AAAPC members to be peer reviewers for the submitted abstracts for the 2020 Conference.

Each abstract will be reviewed by two peers in a double-blind process. The reviewers will score the abstracts on pre-specified criteria. Abstracts are between 250 and 500 words.

We would expect that the review process would take approximately 2-3 hours in total. If you are able to commit to reviewing abstracts at the end of March please fill in your details in the online survey via the button link below.

In line with our aim to build research capacity, we are also offering a mentoring opportunity for researchers who have not reviewed abstracts before. We welcome early career researchers, PhD students and anyone who is keen to build their skills to take advantage of our mentoring program. You will be paired with an experienced reviewer for the abstract review process.

Survey for prospective ARC 2020 abstracts reviewers

FACES 2020 Events - Grant writing 101

FACES stands for Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support. It is for all AAAPC members who are interested in connecting and advancing their career through research. The first event for the year will be an interactive webinar called 'Grant writing 101 - Setting up a successful grant application' with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis. It will be held on Thursday April 9th, 12 noon AEDT.

A/Prof Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner leading innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice. Over the last five years she has been awarded more than $6 million in funding from a variety of sources including MRFF, NHMRC, RACGP Foundation and philanthropic grants.

If you would like to sign up for the interactive webinar and FACES, you will need to register for FACES through the website by March 27. Further information (including regarding future FACES events) is available on the website.


Prof Paul Glasziou (Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia), who a member of AAAPC, has put together a list of resources about COVID-19 for the primary care community, which can be found on the AAAPC Website under 'Resources' or through the link on the right.

Further, AAAPC is aware that many of our members are at the front line of the COVID 19 response already in clinical general practice, community pharmacy and allied health whilst others are playing critical supportive roles in health policy, health promotion and research. As per the email from Professor Kirsty Douglas last week, AAAPC is happy to receive emails with brief narratives from our members about the ways in which their research programs have been, and will continue to be affected in the months ahead. Send them to When we can, we will feed that information back into the appropriate reviews and discussions to ensure that the primary health care research community is heard along with others.

Cancer in Primary Care Survey

The Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) is currently undertaking a research prioritisation study to help us identify new priorities in cancer in primary care research. They would like to get a wide range of stakeholder responses. The survey is short (should take less than 10 minutes) closes 13th April 2020. Follow the link in the button below. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi at (

PC4 Research Prioritisation Survey

Celebrating some AAAPC Members

A shout-out to some members who have had some recent publication success:
And also a big congratulations to members who have been recognised for their contributions to their field and Australasian primary care:
  • Michael Kidd for his new appointment as Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University
  • Danielle Mazza for being inducted into the 2020 Victorian Honour Roll of Women
  • Sue McInnes for winning the Sigma Nursing 2020 Emerging Nurse Researcher Award for Oceania
I am sure that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please feel free to send me an email at when you or someone you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!

Welcome to all new AAAPC Members

A/Prof Anne Abbott

A/Prof Anne Abbott is a neurologist from the Central Clinical School at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work is having a significant impact in updating guidelines, policy and practice for improved stroke prevention in persons with carotid arterial disease. She is looking for collaborators in researching the best ways of preventing stroke and other arterial disease complications non-invasively. Please contact her if interested at

We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you have joined AAAPC in the last eighteen months and would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email This is a great way to build networks within our community. 
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