During the conference delegates could choose from 5 engaging and interactive
workshops to develop their primary care research skills!

Learning how to plan and complete a research project: An essential beginning for new researchers

A/Prof Pascale Dettwiler (University of Adelaide), Dr Kylie Vuong (University of New South Wales)

Many disciplines require trainees to undertake a research project. It can be a daunting task to develop a project plan with sometimes limited support and stick to completing the project on time while juggling learning, clinical and personal commitments. This workshop aims to provide trainees and the broader membership with a roadmap for the research process, including:
  • Using the literature to develop a meaningful research question
  • Developing feasible methods to answer the research question
  • Consider the ethical issues associated with the research project
  • Other considerations depending on the audience: networking opportunities
Each participant will leave this workshop with new information and a clear plan for the next step for their research project.

Writing for publication: Tips and tricks for emerging researchers

Presenter: A/Prof Katharine Wallis (The University of Queensland)

Publishing your research is an important part of research. To publish, researchers need to know how to prepare a logical, structured scientific article. Writing skills are also important for writing research grant proposals, ethics applications and reports. This workshop aims to develop participants’ knowledge and skills for preparing scientific papers and to develop generic writing skills. Participants will get basic information and practical advice on how to prepare a scientific paper and how to choose a journal. Participants will learn how to structure their material logically by answering the questions: Why was this important? (Rationale), What is already known? (Background), What knowledge gap does this research fill? (Aim), What did you do and how? (Methods), What did you find? (Results), and So what? (Discussion). Participants will also learn how to use consistent syntax.

Designing good qualitative research projects: A fun mystery box challenge for researchers new to qualitative research

A/Prof Louise Stone (Australian National University), Elizabeth Waldron (Flinders University)

Qualitative research can be confusing, especially for clinician researchers who are more used to deconstructing clinical trials. This workshop is designed to be a supportive space where participants can explore the benefits and limitations of qualitative research designs, and understand what these methodologies have to offer. We will begin with an overview of qualitative methodologies, demystifying the jargon. We will then create small groups, each with their own unique “mystery box” of populations, methodologies and topics. Using at least one of each category as their “ingredients”, the small groups will construct a qualitative research question. In the large groups, we will discuss the challenges of creating a good research question, and refine the research questions developed by each group. The small groups will reconvene to discuss the benefits and challenges of their proposed research question, and discuss the ethical implications it may raise. At the end of the session, participants will be better able to articulate what qualitative methodologies have to offer, and discuss the benefits and challenges of qualitative research design.

Analysing qualitative data: Learning how to undertake reflexive thematic analysis for qualitative and mixed methods research

Dr Chris Barton (Monash University), Dr Pallavi Prathivadi (Monash University)

This workshop will provide an introduction to key philosophical and paradigmatic considerations in the design and conduct of qualitative and mixed methods studies for primary health care research. Participants will be provided an introduction to QSR NVivo and how this program can be used to support thematic analysis of qualitative data. Participants will be provided tools to assess the trustworthiness of qualitative reports and develop strategies to write up and effectively present findings from thematic analysis of qualitative data. By the end of this workshop, participants will have achieved the following outcomes:
  • Developed knowledge of different approaches to qualitative data analysis
  • Understood key criteria needed for credibility and trustworthiness in a qualitative study
  • Developed skills in the use of QRS NVivo software; including importing data, managing files, labelling and coding and producing code reports
  • Practiced key skills necessary for thematic analysis in small groups
  • Practiced second-level thematic analysis and translation to written text

This workshop will be of value to doctoral, early career and mid-career researchers new to qualitative research and wanting to learn about the fundamentals of thematic analysis of qualitative data.

Designing hybrid effectiveness and implementation trials for the General Practice setting

Dr Belinda Parker (Black Dog Institute), Dr Rebecca Hardy (Black Dog Institute), Dr Alexis Whitton (Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales)

Research trials often focus on the effectiveness of an intervention. However, translating these interventions into improved models of patient care is critically reliant on the successful implementation of the intervention into clinical workflows. Although more complex by design, hybrid effectiveness-implementation studies represent a useful means by which researchers can assess the effectiveness of an intervention, while also gaining important insights into the factors most likely to contribute to the successful implementation of the intervention into clinical practice. The aim of this interactive e-workshop is to provide attendees with an overview of how hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials are designed and conducted, with a special focus on how different types of data (both quantitative and qualitative) can be used to best address research questions related to effectiveness versus those related to implementation. The workshop will be well-suited to individuals interested in enhancing the translational potential of their research, as well as people who wish to learn more about how to successfully identify, measure, and resolve barriers to implementation.

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