Keynote speakers

Dr Scott Garrison

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta

Scott spent the first 20 years of his professional career as a full-time fee-for-service family physician in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. He has a passion for evidence-based medicine and returned to the University of British Columbia during the latter years of his clinical practice to pursue a PhD in Experimental Medicine. He retains a small clinical practice but, as the Director of the Pragmatic Trials Collaborative (with over 700 family physician members Canada wide), is now largely focused on positioning grassroots family physicians to carry out potentially pivotal pragmatic randomized trials addressing key primary care questions.

His talk will outline results from the Pragmatic Trials Collaborative’s first randomized trial, INRange, and touch on some of the opportunities and hurdles in carrying out this work.

Dr Sarah Dennis
Grad Assoc Phys, MSc, PhD, Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Associate Professor, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney


Sarah Dennis is Associate Professor of Allied Health at the University of Sydney and a conjoint in South Western Sydney Local Health District.  She has many years’ experience working in multi-disciplinary research teams trying to solve complex problems in primary care. She is a nurturer of research excellence; originally through the PHCRED program and more recently developing allied health research capacity in the public health system. Her research aims to influence policy makers to ensure that people with long-term health conditions really do have access to effective multidisciplinary team care, in particular effective evidence-based allied health interventions.

Sarah's presentation (sponsored by the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group, PC4) will consider, '
How do we realise the dream of primary care being the greatest team sport in health?'

Prof Ngaire Kerse
2018 Winner of the AAAPC's Bridges-Webb Medal

Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well, Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland

Ngaire is a general practitioner, Head of the School of Population Health, and recently been appointed to a philanthropic chair, Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her medical training in New Zealand was followed by training in family medicine and geriatrics in the USA and her PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia, was about health promotion for older people. Over the last two decades in Auckland, she has built an integrated programme of gerontological research and led a programme grant funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, comprising streams of research: development and testing of interventions for falls prevention and activity promotion along with the building of an understanding of factors associated with physical and psychological disability, particularly focusing on advanced age; a bicultural cohort study of octogenarians which began in 2010 and will focus on predictors of successful advanced age; dementia prevention and improving care of people with dementia. Development of interventions to improve the lot of older people remains a focus for ongoing research. Ngaire is Theme 4 lead (community engagement and awareness raising) for the Brain Research New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Science Challenge Ageing Well and advises Government agencies on aspects of ageing and falls prevention.

Ngaire's presentation, titled "Primary care research: working across cultural and geographical boundaries" is kindly sponsored by the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group, PC4.

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