Keynote speakers

Dr Scott Garrison

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta

Director, Pragmatic Trials Collaborative

  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 is kindly sponsored by the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group, PC4.

Dr  Lauren Ball
GCertHigherEd, PhD, MNutrDiet, BAppSc, APD, AN

Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

Dr Ball’s vision is that all Australians are supported by a health care system that allows them to reach their full potential in life. This will be achieved by making nutrition a prominent part of the ongoing care they receive in general practice – the first point of contact with the health care system. She works with community members, health professionals, education providers and professional bodies to conduct research on how patients can be better supported in general practice to eat well. She implements interventions and programs to equip general practitioners, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists and other health professionals  in nutrition and help them develop the skills to best meet patients’ needs. Dr Ball also works with Primary Health Networks to better understand how primary care services can be reoriented to put nutrition and other lifestyle behaviours at the forefront of the health care system. Dr Ball has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and attracted over $1 million in research funding from government bodies, non-government organisations and philanthropic foundations. She is an NHMRC and Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University. She is an Executive Committee Member of the AAAPC and Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Primary Health.


Dr Lauralie Richard

Research Fellow, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago
  Dr Lauralie Richard is a Research Fellow of the Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice at the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago (New Zealand). She holds a PhD in Nursing from Université de Montréal (Canada) and has completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in primary health care research at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Lauralie is developing a strong grant and publication track record in health service delivery and implementation research. She is leading a programme of work around her key research interests, including access to primary health care and service integration, models of care for people with high and complex needs, refugee and migrant health. Lauralie maintains strong collaborations within international research networks. She holds ongoing honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne (Research Fellow) and at Université de Montréal (Associate Professor of Nursing). She is an active member of the AAAPC Executive Committee.

Mr Timothy Kariotis
BSocSc(Psych), BNutrSc, MPH

PhD Candidate, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Timothy is a Master of Public Health graduate from The University of Tasmania, and a current PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne, with a passion for mental health, health informatics, privacy, and user experience design. Being a carer has shaped Timothy's interests in access to mental health care, mental health information use, and people's experience of mental health care.

Timothy’s current research explores information continuity between mental health care, primary health care, and social care services, for people with a lived experience of a severe mental illness. Tim’s PhD aims to develop the knowledge base on how to design electronic health records for mental health contexts. Specifically, it aims to understand how we can design EHRs to meet people’s privacy needs. Outside of research Timothy coordinates the Australasia activities and contributes to policy and strategic planning for the international public health not-for-profit NCDFREE. He also works as a consultant on projects ranging from health promotion campaigns to eLearning for clinicians. 

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