AAAPC Subcommittees

The AAAPC endorsed a Strategic Plan at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. The plan outlined the AAAPC’s Mission, Vision, Values and Goals. The goals in the 2017 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 other organisations with an involvement in primary care
3.         To champion a vision of primary care oriented health care underpinned by evidence and education
4.         To promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care. 
5.         To promote primary care curriculum and placements in health professional education

The executive of the AAAPC has now established 4 subcommittees to help deliver on the goals of the Strategic Plan (see Terms of Reference for more details).

Primary Care Research, Policy and Advocacy

The Primary Care Research Policy and Advocacy subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goals 3 and 4:

Champion a vision of primary care-oriented health care underpinned by evidence and education

Promote and nurture research and scholarly activity in primary care

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. Meet new advocacy challenges and opportunities

    2. Promote the characteristics and principles of primary care research to leading health research funding bodies in Australia and New Zealand

      3. Seek to reactivate the Australian Primary Health Care Research Network

      In 2019-20 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 of 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).  

      ECR and Capacity Development

      The Early Career Academic and Capacity Development subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goals 5 and 6 namely:

      Promote primary care curriculum and placements in health professional education

      Mentor the academic primary care workforce

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

      1. Promote inter-professional education and training in primary care

      2. Continue to develop the recently established  primary care mentor program FACES (Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support) within membership of AAAPC

      3. Promote opportunities for both Universities and primary care providers in expanding more secure positions for primary care academics


      In 2019-20 this working group 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.

      Conference and Professional Development

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

      Increase linkages with other organisations with an involvement in primary care

      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. Increase AAAPC involvement in primary care research conferences

      2. Formalise organisational links between AAAPC and major primary care academic bodies

      3. Promote Trans-Tasman co-operation 


      In 2019-20 this subcommittee is being chaired by Dr Liz Sturgiss.

      Membership and Marketing

      The Membership and Marketing subcommittee seeks to support the AAAPC to deliver on strategic goal 1 namely:

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

      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. To develop and implement a robust marketing strategy

      2. To increase the benefits for members of the organisation

      3. To increase student participation in the organisation


      In 2019-20 this working group is being chaired by Dr Lauralie Richard.

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