During the conference delegates could choose from three workshops to develop their primary care research skills.

Our workshops were engaging and interactive - the presenters gave delegates the opportunity to learn and build new skills.

Writing for Publication

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.

A model for effective and sustainable Clinical Trials Networks: A facilitated workshop for primary health care clinical researchers

Chair: Prof Christopher Reid (Australian Clinical Trials Alliance [ACTA])
Speaker/Panelist: Prof Steve Webb (Monash University)
Panelist: Prof Mark Nelson (University of Tasmania)
Speaker/Panelist: Prof Richard McManus (University of Oxford)
Speaker/Panelist: Prof Lena Sanci (AAAPC, University of Melbourne)
Panelist: Prof Kirsty Douglas (AAAPC, Australian National University)
MC: Dr Phyllis Lau (AAAPC, University of Melbourne)

Achieving better health outcomes in Australia requires the generation and implementation of high-quality clinical trial evidence. Clinical trial networks (CTNs) are examples of successful integrations between research and healthcare delivery and have been effective in a number of disciplines to strengthen trial quality, impact and efficiency. This workshop aims to provide participants with an overview of the benefits (and risks) of establishing a CTN. ACTA is the national peak body for CTNs, coordinating centres and quality registries conducting investigator-initiated clinical trials. In this workshop, the role of ACTA in CTN establishment and supporting and representing the investigator-initiated clinical trials and clinical quality registries sectors will be discussed. Opportunities for the Primary Care Network to collaborate with other Australian and New Zealand networks as well as International Clinical Trial Networks will be shared. Deliberations on the need, structure, organization and financing of a National Primary Care Network will be undertaken. The workshop will also discuss how to embed research in Primary Health Care.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Clinical Guidelines

Presenters: Prof Mark Morgan (Bond University), Prof Nicholas Zwar (Bond University), Prof Paul Glasziou (Bond Institute of Evidence Based Practice), Dr Evan Ackermann (GP)

This interactive eWorkshop will enable participants to spot a dodgy clinical guideline, understand the guideline writing process from an insider’s perspective and get to grips with GRADE. This workshop will use virtual collaboration tools to give you a chance to be in the driving seat of guideline development. In part 1, we will expose the underbelly of a clinical guideline together and explore how guidelines can drive low value care. In part 2, hear from the GP who was charged with leading the last edition of the RACGP Red Book and the controversial new Smoking Cessation guide. Have a go at being part of an Expert Advisory Group to grapple with the ins and outs of a guideline decision. In part 3, discover how guidelines make the GRADE by assigning the strength and certainty of an evidence-based recommendation.

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