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  • 17 Aug 2018 2:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC News - August 2018 

    Inaugural Webinar
    Prof Grant Russell will speak at our inaugural AAAPC webinar on Tuesday 25th September, 12-1pm: "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." Building a career in academic primary care.

    A flyer is attached for circulation to your networks - the more the merrier - members and non-members welcome at no-cost for this AAAPC first.
    Register at this link:

    Charles Bridges-Webb Medal - 2018

    Prof Ngaire Kerse was awarded the prestigious Charles Bridges-Webb Medal at the gala dinner this year. Ngaire was recognised for her outstanding academic practice, teaching and leadership. The medal was presented by the AAAPC President, Prof Kirsty Douglas and the NZ contingent celebrated with a beautiful Maori song. Congratulations Ngaire - we are lucky to have someone as wonderful as you in our PHC research community!

    Funding success for Australian Primary Care Researchers
    Congratulations to Prof Danielle Mazza and her team at Monash University Department of General Practice who will host a new $2.5 million NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in women’s sexual and reproductive health in primary care. The SPHERE Centre will "bring about a paradigm shift in the way GPs and other primary care practitioners deliver preconception, contraception and abortion services, through an integrated life course approach to help women achieve their own reproductive goals." This is excellent news for primary care research and improving the health of women in our communities - congratulations from everyone at AAAPC!
    The annual RACGP Foundation Grants saw further success for AAAPC members - nearly all of the recipients are members of AAAPC. Congratulations to: Prof Mieke van Driel, Prof Lyndal Trevana, Dr Jo-Anne Manski Nankervis, Prof Tania Winzenberg, Dr Melinda Choy, Dr Karyn Alexander, Dr Geoffrey Spurling, Dr Liz Sturgiss, Dr Lena von Schuckmann, Dr Pallavi Prathivadi, Dr LIsa Crossland. Best wishes for your research over the coming year.

    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. Welcome!

    Stephanie Hyams
    I am based in Sydney and have been a medical practitioner for almost 20 years after graduating with honours from the University of Sydney in 2001. Prior to this I completed a degree in medical science and did an honours year in research (Neuroscience) at the same university. At this time, my interest in research developed and I had thought about completing a higher degree. Since graduating from medical school, I worked towards a career in critical medicine but after many years working as a career medical officer in emergency medicine, I changed tack and embarked in a career in general practice. I attained my fellowship with RACGP in 2017. I currently work in a multidisciplinary practice in which our main focus is metabolic health promotion and disease prevention.

    My main interest within this space is insulin resistance/ pre-diabetes and so when the opportunity presented itself to start a PhD this year (with my supervisor being the main force behind the Blue Mountains Eye Study), I jumped at the chance knowing that there is a lot of overlap and cross-over in the general practice space. Through this research, I am hoping to possibly rethink the way we look at the spectrum of diabetes and translate this into our daily work as general practitioners. A bold statement I know!

    Amy Coe
    Amy Coe (BBSc Psych Hons) is currently a research assistant and program coordinator of the Integrated Mental Health Research team at the University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice. During her time at the Department, she has been key to the success of the NHMRC funded Target-D RCT, having been involved in the study since its inception. She has particular expertise in research communication and the design of study materials that meet the needs of both ethics committees and research participants. She currently sits on the ethics committee at the Department of General Practice. Her previous work has been in the area of parenting (parent trauma and infant sleep) and attitudes towards online mental health therapies.

    Attendance of the SAPC conference in London
    Heinz Tilenius (NHS Glasgow & Clyde, UK)
     The 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care 2018, took place from 10  to 12 July in London at the Barbican Centre. This year’s conference topic was “Learning from Europe and Populations on the Move”. I felt that this was a well-chosen subject, given the current migration pressures into Europe from neighbouring socioeconomically more disadvantaged and civil war-exposed populations. At the conference, there was strong presence of presenting academics from Australia and New Zealand, presenting studies from refugee health and other interesting topics. Professor Penny Abbott from Sydney presented the most distinguished paper from Australasia, “Medical Homelessness”, which summarised findings from a project of ex-prisoners of the criminal justice system, and which I felt privileged to listen to. The conference was a great opportunity for networking, and was well attended. The poster presentations were also excellent, and included numerous presentations from Australasia. Overall, I felt both informed about current academic primary care, and inspired about the research achievements presented. The event was very well organised and the conference location was conveniently chosen in central London. I would recommend this conference for anyone with an interest in primary care research.                                                                                                                                                       

    *Spark* Paper of the Month
    A fantastic addition to the newsletter is suggested by Dr Lauralie Richard (University of Otago).

     Our first Spark paper is from the winner of AAAPC’s most distinguished paper at the PHCRIS conference.

    Participatory methods have become the new Zeitgeist—the spirit of our times in quality improvement.” Learn more about the work of Dr Palmer (@VictoriaJPalmer) and the CORE Study team at the University of Melbourne with this latest publication presenting mechanisms and relational transitions within coproduction and codesign when used as participatory methods in healthcare quality improvement.

    This will be a regular feature of the monthly newsletter. The “Spark paper” - publication that sparked great interest in the primary health care research community. Hot topic! Do not miss! Got to read this!

    Book Review
    If you want to remember why you love primary healthcare and how it can change communities, I highly recommend Prof Jan De Maeseneer's new book. Written at the end of his high profile career as a Belgium academic family doctor, the book chronicles his achievements and sets them in the wider PHC context. I could not put it down and enjoyed it from cover to cover - you can get a sneak peek of the first chapter here online!

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