AAAPC News - September 2020

20 Sep 2020 3:55 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

We hope you are all keeping well in the current circumstances. Within AAAPC, it's the beginning of a new year for us. We have a lots of new members - look out for some bios at the end of the newsletter! We also have a new AAAPC Subcommittee, which I encourage everyone to read about.

With these new beginnings - there is also the opportunity for AAAPC members to be more involved. There are three Subcommittees (Primary Care Education, ECR and Capacity Development, Membership and Marketing) that are currently seeking interested members to join them and there are more details in the rest of this newsletter.

Please consider joining one of these Subcommittees and note you are allowed to be part of more than one Subcommittee. If you are interested or would like to know more - please email introducing yourself and highlighting the Subcommittee that you are interested in joining.


AAAPC Primary Health Care Education Subcommittee - an introduction

The newest AAAPC Subcommittee seeks to deliver on two of AAAPC's strategic goals, namely to:

  • Promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care, and to
  • Promote excellence in primary care education.

The newly elected Chair of this Subcommittee is Dr Kylie Vuong, who is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW. As this is a new Subcommittee, it is a great opportunity for all members, and particularly new members, to join and get more involved in AAAPC.

If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email


Next FACES Webinar from the ECR and Capacity Development Subcommittee with A/Prof Lauren Ball - Wednesday October 7, 2020

Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) is our primary care mentor program run by the AAAPC ECR and Capacity Development Subcommittee. This Subcommittee is also seeking EOIs from members to join them - please consider this if you are keen on interprofessional education, the FACES program and more secure university positions for primary care academics. If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email

The next FACES webinar will be “Giving bang for their buck”: How to shift the focus from research output to impact" by A/Prof Lauren Ball. In this webinar, Lauren will showcase how she has strategically blended a traditional research track record with a contemporary impact focused agenda to deliver what key stakeholders are looking for in tomorrow’s research workforce. Lauren has built the Healthy Primary Care program at Griffith University as an outward focused brand to drive research impact, and is primarily supported by her NHMRC Investigator Fellowship. Lauren has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and attracted over $12 million in research funding from government bodies, non-government organisations and philanthropic foundations.

Everyone is welcome to attend this webinar, whether you are a FACES member or not. Visit the AAAPC website to register.


AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommittee Announcement

The AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommittee is also seeking EOIs from members to join them. This Subcommittee was responsible for the recent #ourprimarycare campaign, as part of their work in supporting AAAPC to become a visible, effective and sustainable organisation that is responsive to a broad primary care membership. If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email

Lauralie Richard, Chair, on behalf of the Membership and Marketing Subcommittee, writes, "We would like to thank Dr Hok Lim for his contributions to the Membership and Marketing subcommittee work over the past year. We wish Hok all the very best in his future projects! We would also like to publicly welcome Dr Pallavi Prathivadi. Dr Prathivadi is an academic GP and third year PhD Candidate at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. Her research aims to improve evidence-based opioid prescribing in primary care. She is a Fulbright Future scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine from 2020-2021. Pallavi joins the AAAPC Membership and Marketing Subcommitteee with relevant experience (as a current member of the Monash DGP Media & Marketing Committee)"


AAAPC Executive Subcommittee Announcement

In the last newsletter, it was mentioned that A/Prof Lauren Ball was stepping up to be our new Chair of the Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee.

This left the Secretary role vacant, but we are pleased to announce that Dr David Chua has been recently appointed by the Executive Subcommittee as the new AAAPC Secretary. David is a postdoctoral primary care researcher who works across Griffith University, UQ and the well known large GP clinic in Brisbane called Inala Primary Care. We are thrilled to have him join us.


AAAPC Member Announcement - Australian Association for Adolescent Health

The Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH) is the national peak body bringing together young people and professionals to promote the health and wellbeing of young people (12 to 25 years). AAAH is holding an online showcase for Higher Degree by Research students (e.g. PhD, Masters by Research, Honours students) to be held in the week beginning Monday 30th November. The aim is to highlight some of the excellent youth health research being done around Australasia by our Higher Degree by Research students. There will be no specific theme – only ‘Youth Health’. AAAH is now calling for abstracts (closing Sept 27), to find out more please visit the event page.


Celebrating some AAAPC Members

Congratulations to:

  • Danielle Mazza and the SPHERE CRE team on recently securing a MRFF Primary Health Care Research Grant with the ORIENT study.
  • Michelle Guppy for winning the 2020 Hunter New England Health Excellence Aware in Delivering Integrated Care for her work addressing long waits to access paediatric ENT surgeons by providing integrated care to children in her region.

A shout out also to some members who have had recent publication success:

  • Michael Wright and team: General practice's early response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Rita McMorrow and team: Professional flash glucose monitoring and health service utilisation in type 2 diabetes: A secondary analysis of the GP-OSMOTIC study

I know that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please send me an email at when you or another member you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!


Welcome to New AAAPC Members

We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC. This month, we are especially welcoming Klaus von Pressentin, Hsin Tien and Alessandro Luongo.

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.


  • A/Prof Klaus von Pressentin joined the University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa) in May 2020 as an Associate Professor and Head of the Family Medicine Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. He worked previously as a family physician within the rural parts of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. He also worked previously in the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Stellenbosch University, where he obtained his PhD which focused on evaluating the contribution of family physicians towards strengthening the district health system of South Africa. His research interests lie in primary care, human resources for health, health system strengthening and health professions education. His voluntary activities include serving as the editor-in-chief of the South African Family Practice journal (the official journal of the South African Academy of Family Physicians), serving as an examiner for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, as well as serving on the editorial board of BJGP Open. His passion lies in working with colleagues from across the globe towards strengthening the scholarly foundation of the discipline of family medicine and academic primary care. Email: Twitter: @klausvon
  • Hsin Tien is a fourth year medical student at the University of Melbourne Medical School, who recently completed her MD research project exploring the use of Future Health Today. Future Health Today is a  collaboration between University of Melbourne and Western Health. It is a proactive digital health intervention that uses data from health records to automate the detection of chronic disease for early intervention and improved health outcomes.
  • Alessandro Luongo has worked in primary care space for over a decade beginning as a Accredited Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist to now leading the digital health transformation across New South Wales. As Digital Partnerships Manager at South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Alessandro leads the implementation of an Australian first in real-time patient information sharing between primary care clinicians through project iRAD, delivers on Australian Digital Health Agency contracts, is a committee member for NSW Ministry of Health projects and contributes to numerous Integrated Care projects across South Western Sydney and Australia. Alessandro holds a Masters of Public Health, Masters of Health Management, Bachelors of Science (Dietetics)(Hons I) and a Bachelors of Applied Science (Sports & Exercise).


Until next month,

Dr Melinda Choy, AAAPC Editor

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