Prize Winners' Plenary Speakers

AAAPC Annual Research Conference Most Distinguished Paper Award

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Prof Grant Russell

Professor of Primary Care Research, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Grant Russell MBBS FRACGP MFM PhD is a family physician and health services researcher. A past president of AAAPC, he is the Professor of Primary Care Research at Monash University. His research program is directed towards understanding and measuring the impact of primary care reform on patients, clinicians and general practices. Dr Russell is the lead of OPTIMISE, an NHMRC Partnership Project that aims to improve the quality of the primary care services received by Australia’s refugee population. He has worked as a family physician in Canada and Australia, and currently works in a small general practice in metropolitan Melbourne.   

Presentation title: Optimising primary care for refugees: Findings from an Australian cluster randomised trial

AAAPC Annual Research Conference Early Career Best Paper

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Dr Fitriana Ekawati

PhD Candidate, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

Dr. Ekawati (Dr, Universitas Gadjah Mada; Master of Primary Health Care, University of Melbourne; PhD Candidate, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne) is a general practitioner and lecturer at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. Her PhD topic is developing management pathways for hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in primary care, aiming to improve general practitioners' competencies in managing women with pregnancy hypertension and preeclampsia as the leading cause of maternal mortality in Indonesia. Dr. Ekawati's research interests also include health service delivery and universal health coverage in low-middle income countries.

Presentation title: Adapting international hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) management recommendations to the context of Indonesian primary care

North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Prize

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Dr Shaheen Kurani

Research Associate, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, US


Dr. Shaheen Kurani is a Research Associate at the Mayo Clinic in the Department of Health Sciences Research. Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Kurani received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University followed by a Master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Kurani received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Mayo Clinic in 2019. Her doctoral research focused on how area-level deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage impact health outcomes and behaviours. Dr Kurani’s interests involve health disparities, public health, and policy. Specifically, she is interested in identifying and understanding geospatial variations in health status to improve outcomes and access to care.

Presentation title: Place, Poverty, and Prevention: Association of Neighborhood Measures of Social Determinants of Health With Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in the US Midwest

Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Prize

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Dr James Prior

Lecturer in Epidemiology, School of Primary, Community and Social Care, University of Keele, Staffordshire, UK


Dr James Prior is a Lecturer in Epidemiology based in the School of Primary, Community and Social Care at Keele University in the UK. As an epidemiologist he works within the Inflammatory Condition Programme, focusing on primary care research across a variety of rheumatological conditions. Dr Prior has researched epidemiological aspects of health in several different inflammatory condition groups, including axial spondyloarthritis, giant cell arteritis (GCA), and gout. His current research interests focus on two areas in the context of inflammatory conditions, firstly the impact they have on patients’ psychological health and secondly, understanding the reasons why diagnoses of inflammatory conditions are so often delayed.

Presentation title: Rheumatological conditions as risk factors for self-harm: A retrospective cohort study

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