AAAPC Subcommittees

The AAAPC endorsed the 2020-22 Strategic Plan in 2020. The plan outlined the AAAPC’s Mission, Vision, Values and Goals.
The goals in the Strategic Plan are:

    1.   To become a visible, effective and sustainable organisation that is responsive to a broad primary care membership.

    2.   To increase linkages with organisations involved in primary care including community groups.

    3.   To provide effective advocacy for primary care and primary care research and training.

    4.   To promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care.

    5.   To promote excellence in primary care education.

    6.   To train and mentor the academic primary care workforce.

    7.   To champion a vision of primary care oriented health care underpinned by evidence and education.


    The Executive of the AAAPC has now established 5 subcommittees to help deliver on the goals of the Strategic Plan (see Terms of Reference for more details).

    Academic Policy and Advocacy

    The Primary Care Research Policy and Advocacy subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goal 3:

    Provide effective advocacy for primary care and primary care research and training

    The Strategic Plan articulates the following major objectives and action items for the Primary Care Research, Policy and Advocacy subcommittee to commence work on in order to meet this goal:

    1. Seek to coordinate with relevant Australian and New Zealand organisations for which reciprocal membership could be of mutual benefit
    2. Build collaborative activities with relevant Australian and New Zealand organisations
    3. Construct a core AAAPC position statement(s) based on our values to underpin all advocacy activities  
    4. Develop a set of recommendations to bolster AAAPC’s advocacy learning from existing strategies used by the North American Primary Care Research Group (US) and the Society for Academic Primary Care (UK)
    5. Develop options to promote opportunities for our members to improve visibility and engagement with policy makers
    6. Develop an AAAPC Policy Brief to outline the value of primary care research for health funding bodies and colleagues

    In 2020-21 this subcommittee will be chaired by Prof Grant Russell. Grant hopes to have a list of members who are willing to be co-opted at short notice to respond to emerging research and policy issues. This subcommittee may have few regular meetings but members will be called upon to help develop and write submissions for government departments or processes (e.g., AAAPC submission to the MRFF Strategic Priority Setting in 2018).  

    2020-21 Subcommittee:

    • Professor Grant Russell (Monash University)
    • Associate Professor Lauren Ball (Griffith University)
    • Dr Katelyn Barnes (Australian National University)
    • Mr Bryce Bickley (Griffith University)
    • Dr Samantha Chakraborty (Monash University)
    • Associate Professor Sarah Dennis (University of Sydney)
    • Professor Kirsty Douglas (Australian National University)
    • Dr Kyle Eggleton (University of Auckland)
    • Dr Rebecca Evans (James Cook University)
    • Professor Liz Halcomb (University of Wollongong)
    • Ms Lesley Hawes (Monash University)
    • Associate Professor Ben Harris-Roxas (University of New South Wales)
    • Dr Phyllis Lau (University of Melbourne)
    • Ms Rebecca Levey (Griffith University)
    • Dr Kristi Milley (Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group, PC4)
    • Professor Lena Sanci (University of Melbourne)
    • Ms Mari Somerville (Griffith University)
    • Dr Michael Wright (University of Technology Sydney)

    ECR and Capacity Development

    The Early Career Researcher and Capacity Development subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goals 1, 2 and 6 namely:

    To become a visible, effective and sustainable organisation that is responsive to a broad primary care membership

    To increase linkages with organisations involved in primary care including community groups

    To train and mentor the academic primary care workforce

    The Strategic Plan articulates the following initial objectives and action items for the Early Career Researcher and Capacity Development subcommittee to commence work on in order to meet these goals:

    1. Work with other AAAPC subcommittees to organise and promote webinars featuring speakers of interest to the membership
    2. Increase multidisciplinary ECR and student memberships from academic and non-academic backgrounds in Australia and NZ
    3. Work with other AAAPC subcommittees to generate and promote a strategy to encourage primary health care University Departments to subsidise discounted memberships for their higher degree research students
    4. Work with other AAAPC subcommittees to build collaborative activities with relevant Australian and New Zealand organisations 
    5. Recruit members to participate in a peer-mentorship program 
    6. Run and grow Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) as a program for peer-mentoring, advice, and collegial discussions

    In 2020-21 this subcommittee is being chaired by Dr Rita McMorrow. As with all our subcommittees we are keen to see a mix of early career and established academics from a range of disciplines and geographies join this group.


    2020-21 Subcommittee:


    • Dr Rita McMorrow (University of Melbourne)
    • Dr Antony Bolton (University of New South Wales)
    • Associate Professor Leah East (Deputy Chair, University of New England)
    • Associate Professor Michelle Guppy (University of New England)
    • Dr Hyun Song (University of New South Wales)
    • Dr Asvini Subasinghe (Monash University)

    Conference

    The Conference subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goals 2 and 4 namely:

    Increase linkages with organisations involved in primary care including community groups

    Promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care

    The Strategic Plan articulates the following initial objectives and action items for the Conference and Professional Development subcommittee to commence work on in order to meet this goal:

    1. Run and grow the conference
    2. Encourage members to attend the conference 
    3. Encourage conference delegates to achieve research excellence
    4. Promote conference to higher degree students across disciplines of primary care and registrars 
    5. Improve the diversity of people who attend the conference, in particular First Nations people 
    6. Invite representatives of at least 2 organisations to present at the conferences on topics of interest to AAAPC members 

    In 2020-21 this subcommittee is being chaired by A/Prof Lauren Ball.


    2020-21 Subcommittee:

    • Associate Professor Lauren Ball (Griffith University)
    • Dr Chris Barton (Monash University)
    • Dr Lynsey Brown (Flinders University)
    • Dr Vera Costa (Monash University)
    • Dr Kyle Eggleton (University of Auckland)
    • Ms Anna Fragkoudi (Adelaide University)
    • Dr Phyllis Lau (University of Melbourne)
    • Dr Lauralie Richard (University of Otago)
    • Dr Liz Sturgiss (Monash University)

    Membership and Marketing

    The Membership and Marketing subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goals 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 namely:

    Become a visible, effective and sustainable organisation that is responsive to a broad primary care membership

    Increase linkages with organisations involved in primary care including community groups 

    Promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care 

    Promote excellence in primary care education 

    Train and mentor the academic primary care workforce

    The Strategic Plan articulates the following major objectives and action items for the Membership and Marketing subcommittee to commence work on in order to meet this goal:

    1. Keep and maintain a robust marketing strategy
    2. Continually grow benefits for members of the organisation
    3. Increase multidisciplinary and student membership from academic and non-academic backgrounds
    4. Formalise organisational links between AAAPC and key research, primary care, primary care research and funding organisations in Australia and New Zealand 
    5. Conduct an annual Research Conference
    6. Improve engagement with members about research opportunities
    7. Increase relevance of AAAPC to members with a focus on education or educational research
    8. Welcome new members

    In 2020-21 this subcommittee is being chaired by Dr Lauralie Richard.


    If you would like to express an interest in joining this Subcommittee please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.


    2020-21 Subcommittee:

    • Dr Lauralie Richard (University of Otago)
    • Dr Lynsey Brown (Flinders University)
    • Dr Katrina Long (Deputy Chair, Monash University)
    • Dr Pallavi Prathivadi (Monash University)

      PHC Education

      The PHC Education subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goals 3 and 5 namely:

      Promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care

      Promote excellence in primary care education

      The strategic plan articulates the following objectives for the PHC Education subcommittee to undertake to achieve these goals:

      1. Support primary care education and education research for members
      2. Increase links between key primary care education organisations and AAAPC
      3. Promote primary care education and education research

      In 2020-21 this subcommittee is being chaired by Dr Kylie Vuong.

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