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  • 29 Apr 2020 6:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference Update: August 14-15 2020

    The AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference [now online] thanks the team of abstract reviewers who have been working hard recently. Keep an eye on the website over the next few weeks as registrations are soon to re-open for our online conference!


    Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support (FACES) 2020 Update

    FACES 2020 commenced in early April with an interactive presentation from A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis to develop grant writing skills. The FACES group will meet again in June to discuss Research Impact with Dr Liz Sturgiss. Applications for FACES 2020 are now closed but if you would like more information contact the AAAPC ECR and Capacity Development Chair Dr Rita McMorrow: rita.mmcmorrow@unimelb.edu.au.

     

    AAAPC Membership Feedback Survey 2020 Results

    Thank you to all who participated in our recent AAAPC Membership Feedback Survey! We had 69 responses from our 264 members (response rate ~26%) and we reviewed the results closely at our recent AAAPC Executive Committee Strategic Meeting. Notable findings included: 

    • 67% of respondents have been satisfied with AAAPC communication over the last 12 months (22% neutral, 2% dissatisfied).
    • The most popular respondent primary reason/s for joining AAAPC were to support primary care academia, networking and advocacy.
    • Only 39% of respondents would be supportive of a membership fee increase to expand AAAPC scholarships/offerings.
    • When asked whether they would recommend AAAPC to someone else, 38% said yes, 42% were passive and 20% said no.
    • Suggestions for improvement included asking for a broader primary care focus, stronger networks, greater transparency in decision-making and communication.

    A full description of the survey results is available in the Members Only section of our website (button below). Please know that we hear you and have been reflecting on how we can best change/maintain things to reflect your feedback.

    AAAPC 2020 Membership Survey Results

     

    The effect on outcomes of country-specific strategies and primary health care strength in the COVID-19 pandemic response: An international study - request for survey participation

    We hope you are faring as well as possible in your respective countries. We are writing to invite you to participate in a study on the role of primary care in the current pandemic response. We want to know how prepared you think your country was to deal with COVID-19, how your country responded, the nature of your primary health care system, and changes that have been made in fighting this pandemic.

    Please consider completing the anonymous survey (link in button below). It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. Should you have any queries, or suggestions about whom else we should approach to complete this survey, please email PHC_COVID@kkinder.de or Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith, f.goodyear-smith@auckland.ac.nz.

    From the research team: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Karen Kinder, Robert Phillips, Andrew Bazemore, Cristina Mannie, and Stefan Strydom

    Link to survey re role of primary care in COVID-19 response

     

    Update on advocacy for Australian Practice Based Research Network capacity

    Most of you will have seen our President's (Kirsty Douglas) recent email update on AAAPC efforts for advocacy within Australia to develop national Practice Based Research Network capacity. An extract of it is below.

    We would propose that we continue to work with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian Clinical Trial Alliance (ACTA) to maximise our chances of success and would aim to submit a proposal for funding to the Department of Health and to the Health Minister. I believe it is important that AAAPC is actively involved in this. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the enormous strengths and flexibility of our primary health care system but it is now also clear that we need better coordination, and capacity in primary care research to ensure we optimise rapid high quality research outcomes. The proposal would focus on the need for funding a national PBRN network that would improve capacity and response times for primary care research in Australia.

    Please let us know if you are interested in working with us on this. We will need to have a small and engaged group that can work intensely on this with RACGP and other stakeholders in the next few weeks. Please send suggestions, feedback and indication if you are willing to be involved to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.

    Celebrating some AAAPC Members

    A shout-out to some members who have had some recent publication success:

    I am sure that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please feel free to send me an email at melinda.choy@anu.edu.au when you or someone you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!

     

    Call for Papers from The Journal of Health Organization and Management

    The Journal of Health Organization and Management (ISSN 1477-7266; IF 1.306; Q2) will be running a Special Issue in 2020, themed Implementation Science to Practice in Healthcare Organization and Management. Dr Mitchell Sarkies, Dr Joanna Moullin, Teralynn Ludwick, and Prof Suzanne Robinson will be guest editing the Issue, and are seeking article submissions in line with the theme. For more information, please click here.

     

    Welcome to all new AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you have joined AAAPC in the last 18 months and would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.auThis is a great way to build networks within our community. 

     
  • 25 Mar 2020 6:47 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Hello - we are thinking of you all in these tricky times. This month's newsletter contains ongoing online options for connection, some details on resources and support efforts, and some totally unrelated other news. Take care :)


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - 14-15 August 2020 is going ahead online

    As you are probably already aware, the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference will be held online this year. This is an exciting development amidst all the stress, and the Conference Subcommittee are working hard to make this an enjoyable, encouraging and enlightening event.


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstract reviewers

    The conference organising committee welcomes AAAPC members to be peer reviewers for the submitted abstracts for the 2020 Conference.

    Each abstract will be reviewed by two peers in a double-blind process. The reviewers will score the abstracts on pre-specified criteria. Abstracts are between 250 and 500 words.

    We would expect that the review process would take approximately 2-3 hours in total. If you are able to commit to reviewing abstracts at the end of March please fill in your details in the online survey via the button link below.

    In line with our aim to build research capacity, we are also offering a mentoring opportunity for researchers who have not reviewed abstracts before. We welcome early career researchers, PhD students and anyone who is keen to build their skills to take advantage of our mentoring program. You will be paired with an experienced reviewer for the abstract review process.

    Survey for prospective ARC 2020 abstracts reviewers


    FACES 2020 Events - Grant writing 101

    FACES stands for Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support. It is for all AAAPC members who are interested in connecting and advancing their career through research. The first event for the year will be an interactive webinar called 'Grant writing 101 - Setting up a successful grant application' with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis. It will be held on Thursday April 9th, 12 noon AEDT.

    A/Prof Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner leading innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice. Over the last five years she has been awarded more than $6 million in funding from a variety of sources including MRFF, NHMRC, RACGP Foundation and philanthropic grants.

    If you would like to sign up for the interactive webinar and FACES, you will need to register for FACES through the website by March 27. Further information (including regarding future FACES events) is available on the website.


    AAAPC and COVID-19

    Prof Paul Glasziou (Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia), who a member of AAAPC, has put together a list of resources about COVID-19 for the primary care community, which can be found on the AAAPC Website under 'Resources' or through the link on the right.


    Further, AAAPC is aware that many of our members are at the front line of the COVID 19 response already in clinical general practice, community pharmacy and allied health whilst others are playing critical supportive roles in health policy, health promotion and research. As per the email from Professor Kirsty Douglas last week, AAAPC is happy to receive emails with brief narratives from our members about the ways in which their research programs have been, and will continue to be affected in the months ahead. Send them to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au. When we can, we will feed that information back into the appropriate reviews and discussions to ensure that the primary health care research community is heard along with others.


    Cancer in Primary Care Survey

    The Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) is currently undertaking a research prioritisation study to help us identify new priorities in cancer in primary care research. They would like to get a wide range of stakeholder responses. The survey is short (should take less than 10 minutes) closes 13th April 2020. Follow the link in the button below. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi at (info@pc4tg.com.au).

    PC4 Research Prioritisation Survey


    Celebrating some AAAPC Members

    A shout-out to some members who have had some recent publication success:
    And also a big congratulations to members who have been recognised for their contributions to their field and Australasian primary care:
    • Michael Kidd for his new appointment as Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University
    • Danielle Mazza for being inducted into the 2020 Victorian Honour Roll of Women
    • Sue McInnes for winning the Sigma Nursing 2020 Emerging Nurse Researcher Award for Oceania
    I am sure that this list does not comprehensively include the many achievements of all of our members (apologies). But please feel free to send me an email at melinda.choy@anu.edu.au when you or someone you know has a new publication out or receives an award so that we can all celebrate them!


    Welcome to all new AAAPC Members

    A/Prof Anne Abbott

    A/Prof Anne Abbott is a neurologist from the Central Clinical School at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work is having a significant impact in updating guidelines, policy and practice for improved stroke prevention in persons with carotid arterial disease. She is looking for collaborators in researching the best ways of preventing stroke and other arterial disease complications non-invasively. Please contact her if interested at anne.l.abbott@gmail.com.

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you have joined AAAPC in the last eighteen months and would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au. This is a great way to build networks within our community. 
  • 14 Feb 2020 5:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC Annual Research Conference: August 14-15 2020

    The AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference is fast approaching and we are all excited about meeting up at Griffith University on the sunny Gold August over August 14-15.

    There are a number of details about the conference highlighted in this newsletter, and if you would like to stay even more up-to-date, keep an eye on the relevant page of the website.


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstract reviewers

    The conference organising committee welcomes AAAPC members to be peer reviewers for the submitted abstracts for the 2020 conference.

    Each abstract will be reviewed by two peers in a double-blind process. The reviewers will score the abstracts on pre-specified criteria. Abstracts are between 250 and 500 words.

    We would expect that the review process would take approximately 2-3 hours in total. If you are able to commit to reviewing abstracts at the end of March please fill in your details in the online survey via the button link below.

    In line with our aim to build research capacity, we are also offering a mentoring opportunity for researchers who have not reviewed abstracts before. We welcome early career researchers, PhD students and anyone who is keen to build their skills to take advantage of our mentoring program. You will be paired with an experienced reviewer for the abstract review process.

    Link to survey for prospective ARC 2020 abstract reviewers


    AAAPC Annual Research Conference - call for abstracts open, closing in March

    A reminder that the call for abstracts is now open and that submissions close Sunday March 15 2020.

    We welcome abstract submissions covering the full spectrum of primary care across a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions focusing on methodological developments and challenges relevant to the field. We will consider abstracts of relevance to primary care practice, research, education, and policy.

    As previously mentioned, the Australian Journal of Primary Health (AJPH) will be publishing an online supplement with the accepted abstracts from the Conference (see 2019 Issue). The supplement will be indexed on PubMed as the whole conference, not as individual abstracts. During the abstract submission process, we will request your permission to include your abstract in the AJPH supplement.

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast for our 2020 conference.

    Dr Liz Sturgiss, on behalf of the organising committee
    liz.sturgiss@monash.edu


    Have your say - fill in the AAAPC Membership Survey

    The Executive of AAAPC will meet in March for a strategic planning meeting. To guide us, we are asking members to fill out this 5 minute survey to give us feedback on what we have done recently and how we can improve from here. 

    Please click the button below to complete the survey. Thank you!

    AAAPC 2020 Membership Survey


    FACES 2020 Events - Grant writing 101

    FACES stands for Friends Advancing Careers through E-based Support. It is for all AAAPC members who are interested in connecting and advancing their career through research.

    The first FACES event for the year will be an interactive webinar called 'Grant writing 101 - Setting up a successful grant application' with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis. It will be held on Thursday April 9th, 12 noon AEDT.

     A/Prof Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner leading innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice. Over the last five years she has been awarded more than $6 million in funding from a variety of sources including MRFF, NHMRC, RACGP Foundation and philanthropic grants.

    If you would like to sign up for the interactive webinar and FACES, you will need to register for FACES through the website by March 27. Further information (including information about future FACES events) is available on the website.


    Australian Association of Practice Management Annual Survey Feedback

    Recruitment is a vital but often difficult aspect of conducting research studies. The managers of general practices play key roles in recruitment to research studies being conducted by AAAPC members.

    The Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) conducts an annual survey, which this year will be sent to non-members as well as to its current members. Following contact that I had with the AAPM in 2019, AAPM has offered to include questions in the survey from AAAPC about participating in research studies.

    If you are interested, there is more information and a first draft of possible questions available via the Members only section of the website. Please send your suggestions for improvements and/or more useful questions to me as soon as possible.

    Oliver Frank MBBS PhD FRACGP FACHI

    The University of Adelaide

    oliver.frank@adelaide.edu.au


    Scholarships to the AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    AAAPC is pleased to offer two competitive scholarships to support attendance of its members at the 2020 Annual Research Conference on the Gold Coast.

    We are offering one Student scholarship and one scholarship to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander of Australia or Māori and/or Pacific People of New Zealand. We invite you to have a look at the selection criteria on the conference website.

    To apply, please tick the appropriate box when submitting your abstract online.


    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community. 



  • 29 Jan 2020 4:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Winner of 2020 AAAPC Travelling Fellowship

    Congratulations to Dr Michael Wright of University of Technology, Sydney

    Michael will be travelling to the UK to visit the University of Manchester and other leading GP researchers “to investigate the establishment of primary care networks in the English National Health Service (NHS) and provide understanding about whether these structures are likely to reform delivery of UK general practice services, and whether they are applicable for Australia’s health system.”

    We look forward to hearing from Michael about his findings when he returns - safe travels Michael!


    AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference - call for abstracts

    The call for abstracts for the AAAPC Annual Research Conference is now open, please circulate this opportunity to your colleagues and through your networks.

    We welcome abstract submissions covering the full spectrum of primary care across a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions focusing on methodological developments and challenges relevant to the field. We will consider abstracts of relevance to primary care practice, research, education, and policy.

    We are delighted to announce that the Australian Journal of Primary Health (AJPH) will be publishing an online supplement with the accepted abstracts from the Conference (see 2019 Issue).

    Submissions close Sunday 15 March 2020.

    Scholarships to the AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    Exciting new opportunity -  AAAPC is pleased to offer two competitive scholarships to support attendance of its members at the 2020 Annual Research Conference on the Gold Coast.

    We are offering one Student scholarship and one scholarship to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander of Australia or Māori and/or Pacific People of New Zealand. We invite you to have a look at the selection criteria on the conference website.

    To apply, please tick the appropriate box when submitting your abstract online.

    Don’t miss out!


    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio and photo to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au This is a great way to build networks within our community. 



  • 14 Jan 2020 4:23 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    The call for abstracts for the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference is now open, closing on 15 March. Visit the ARC website, aaapc.org.au/ARC_abstracts to find out all the details.

    Registration for the Conference is also available now. Prices and inclusions are listed on the registration page at aaapc.org.au/ARC_registration.

    We look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast in August!

  • 13 Dec 2019 8:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    New Australian primary care research opportunities announced

    AAAPC members should be aware that the NHMRC has opened new research grant opportunities that will be of interest to many of our Australian members.

    1.       The Medical Research Future Fund - Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative - 2019 Preventive and Public Health Research Grant Opportunity will support research that focuses on one or more of the following priority areas: 

    • Maternal health and the first 2000 days
    • Early childhood, and
    • Exercise and nutrition. 

    2.       The Medical Research Future Fund – Primary Health Care Research Initiative aims to enable or support an increase in Australia’s evidence base in primary health care through research to improve service delivery and patient outcomes, and to translate this knowledge into action.

    The objective of this grant opportunity is to increase Australia’s evidence base in primary health care research for the following priority primary health care research topics:

    • the provision of primary health care services in residential aged care and to older Australians in the community
    • lessons from comprehensive primary health care service for Indigenous Australians for the broader primary health care system
    • mental health service provision by general practice
    • application of precision medicine and genomics in primary health care
    • rural and regional access to services
    • workforce issues, including scope of practice
    • voluntary patient enrolment and blended payments

    3.     The 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant opportunity provides between $5 million and $100 million for new and innovative approaches to enhance and improve clinical trial infrastructure, to extend existing clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.

    Further details are available on the GrantsConnect website www.grants.gov.au or via the NHMRC.

    All opportunities have just been announced and are due either by the 5th of Feb or 3rd of March so if you haven’t already lets get collaborating and writing.

    Best wishes

    Kirsty Douglas (AAAPC President)

  • 13 Dec 2019 6:00 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Results of the 2019 Extraordinary General Meeting

    The AAAPC Executive Committee held an Extraordinary General Meeting earlier this week to vote on some constitutional changes. The meeting was well attended and the changes were passed. For further details please go to the website, where the minutes from the meeting are now available (or click the button below).

    Minutes of the 2019 Extraordinary General Meeting

     

    Call for Papers - Australian Journal of Primary Health

    Calling all researchers who are looking at primary healthcare in an Ageing Society. A special issue of AJPH will be published in early 2021 so there is plenty of time to put forward your best work.

    Details are available at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/py/content/CallforPapers

     

    RACGP 2020 Academic Post Registrars attending 2020 Annual Research Conference

    In December the newest cohort of Academic Post GP registrars took part in their orientation workshop before beginning a 12 month academic posting in February 2020. Twenty registrars were selected to the program with representation from six different states. In addition to the supervision, training and support academic registrars receive within their academic departments, they also participate in an activity program delivered by Monash University, Bond University and the University of Western Ontario (Canada). 

    The RACGP has confirmed that the registrars will attend the AAAPC Annual Research Conference in 2020 as an integral part of their academic and professional development. We wish the registrars well for the year and look forward to hearing about their research at the AAAPC 2020 Annual Research Conference on August 14-15 on the Gold Coast. 

     

    Happy Holidays!

    We hope you all have a wonderful, safe, restful and joyful summer holiday. There will be no January AAAPC News, but we will be in touch again refreshed and ready for the new year in Feburary 2020.

    Until then,

    Dr Melinda Choy, AAAPC Editor

    melinda.choy@anu.edu.au

  • 26 Nov 2019 6:30 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    AAAPC 2019 Extraordinary General Meeting

    There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting held via teleconference at 8:00 am AEDT on 12 December 2019 to enable the membership to vote on constitutional changes.

    To access the EGM documents and teleconference (Zoom) link, please log into the AAAPC site and click on the Members Only tab. Please send your queries and RSVPs (due by 5 December 2019) to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.


    AAAPC Travelling Fellowship applications closing very soon

    The AAAPC Travelling Fellowship provides up to $3000 for an AAAPC member for travel towards research and/or education in 2020. It is part of the AAAPC's aim to promote and develop primary care as a creative, cooperative and mutually supportive discipline.

    Early career academics are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying, please go to the website fofurther details. Applications close this week on November 30, 2019..


    AAAPC Subcommittees finalised

    Many thanks to all the enthusiastic members who put their hands up recently to join AAAPC Subcommittees. It is so exciting and promising to have such an active membership and we look forward to hearing more about each Subcommittee and what they are doing in the future.

    A full list of the members of each Subcommittee is now available on our website.

    Some members of the AAAPC Conference and Professional Development Subcommittee

    Webinar updates for AAAPC members

    Our webinar earlier this month, 'An Accidental Academic' with Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith, was a great success with 21 attendees (17 from Australia, 4 from New Zealand, across a wide range of primary care disciplines) hearing a series of interesting stories and steps from Professor Goodyear-Smith's career. To find out more, visit the Webinars page on our website to watch the video.

    Don't worry if you missed out, there will be plenty more opportunities next year. The Membership and Marketing Subcommittee is currently seeking nominations and requests for webinar topics for 2020. What are you interested in learning about? Whose story would you like to hear more of?

    Please email your suggestions to aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au.


    NAPCRG Annual Meeting

    Congratulations again to Prof Grant Russell who presented 'Primary health care access for vulnerable communities: Uncovering the balance between supply and demand' as the 2019 AAAPC Distinguished Paper at the recent NAPCRG Annual Meeting in Toronto. The conference was a wonderful mix of disciplines, countries and research; expanding the horizons of primary care and seeking best possible care for patients.

    Prof Grant Russell presents at NAPCRG 2019

    Seeking expertise in Primary Care Educational Research

    Do you have expertise in primary care educational research? Felicity Goodyear-Smith is co-editing a book on a practical guide to PHC educational research and is seeking authors for some of the chapters. If you are interested please can you complete the attached form below (titled 'Expertise in primary care research') and email it to Felicity at f.goodyear-smith@auckland.ac.nz.

    Expertise in primary health care educational research.docx


    Primary Health Care Reform Committee

    We are glad to have had Dr Lauren Ball represent AAAPC at the Federal Government Primary Health Reform Committee Meeting on Monday November 25, where the Federal Government is developing the Australian Government Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan. Dr Ball is happy to receive input or questions from members between now and early 2020 when the plan will be finalised, and can be reached at l.ball@griffith.edu.au.


    Request for course module writers

    HealthCert is a Professional Education Provider currently seeking GP and/or academic writers for modules in the field of Women’s Health and Men’s Health. For further details or to express interest, please contact Christine Guyler via christine@healthcert.com.


    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au. This is a great way to build networks within our community. 


    Until next month,

    Dr Melinda Choy, AAAPC Editor

    melinda.choy@anu.edu.au


  • 25 Oct 2019 9:00 AM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Register now for our upcoming webinar!

    'An Accidental Academic' - November 2019

    Now is the time to register for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday the 6th of November 11am-12pm AEST!

    Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith from the University of Auckland will be sharing some of her career journey and stories of co-design research projects involving Pacific people in South Auckland, Māori youth in Northland, and primary care researchers in low- and middle-income countries.


    Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith is Professor and Goodfellow Postgraduate Chair in the Department of General Practice & Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medical & Health Science at the University of Auckland. She is a general practitioner and also the founding Editor of the Journal for Primary Health Care. She has been blessed with being able to pursue a full and varied primary care research career over the past nearly two decades.

    All primary health care researchers and teachers are welcome to attend. This will be the final AAAPC webinar for 2019.

    Please register via the link below:

    https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/a71a45ec157e565566858a512be5123a

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

     

    Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting - December 2019

    The AAAPC Executive Committee are calling an Extraordinary General Meeting at 8am-9am AEDT on December 12, 2019 to enable the membership to vote on constitutional changes. 

    To find out more and to view the relevant documents (constitution with proposed changes, table of changes, proxy form), please go to the relevant page on the website. Please note that the the EGM documents are only able to be viewed by AAAPC members.

    To RSVP please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au by 5th December 2019.

     

    Travelling Fellowship Applications Now Open

    The AAAPC Travelling Fellowship provides up to $3000 for an AAAPC member for travel towards research and/or education in 2020. It is part of the AAAPC aim to promote and develop primary care as a creative, cooperative and mutually supportive discipline.

    Early career academics are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying, please go to the website for further details.

    Applications close November 30, 2019.


    Vale Professor Peter Mudge

    Many of you will have heard the sad news that Emeritus Professor Peter Mudge passed away early in October. Professor Mudge was President of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice (as AAAPC was then known) for a number of years prior to 2000. Subsequent to that he was a lively contributor to the organisation’s meetings, and was always willing to help early career researchers. 

    Professor Mudge’s early research involved describing the epidemiology of Ross River Virus in the Riverland region, for which he was awarded the Faulding Prize for Research in 1982. His advisory work to the National Health and Medical Research Council contributed to 10 years of funding for primary health care research in Australia in the early part of the 2000s. 

    Professor Mudge's academic roles included: the University of Dundee, Flinders University (where he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctorate of Science, honoris causa)the University of Queensland (where he was later awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of General Practice) and Professor of General Practice at the University of Tasmania.

    Throughout his academic career, Professor Mudge always made time to keep up his clinical work, despite busy teaching and research commitments, providing care to his patients and his local community as a general practitioner. 

    Professor Mudge was an inspirational leader within the RACGP, always raising the profile of general practice research. He served as chair of the College Council, Chair and Patron of the RACGP Foundation (which raises funds to support general practice research and education) and Chair of the RACGP National Research Awards Committee.

    The RACGP went on to establish the Peter Mudge Medal to honour his work and commitment in general practice and primary care research. This national medal is awarded annually to the presenter at the RACGP Annual Conference whose original research has the most potential to significantly influence daily general practice in Australia. This is a fitting tribute to his work in raising the profile of research in primary care in Australia.

    Professor Dimity Pond
    Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle

     

    Welcome to New AAAPC Members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secreteriat@anu.edu.au. This is a great way to build networks within our community. 

  • 18 Sep 2019 2:39 PM | Lynsey Brown (Administrator)

    Interested in joining a AAAPC Subcommittee?

    The AAAPC has four subcommittees, including:

    • Primary Health Care Research, Policy and Advocacy
    • Early Career Academic and Capacity Development
    • Conference and Professional Development
    • Membership and Marketing

    AAAPC is seeking to expand the membership of each of the subcommittees. More detail can be found on the website under the page AAAPC Subcommittees.

    Hopefully you have already received an emailed link to a poll to express your interest in joining one of the AAAPC Subcommittees. If you are an AAAPC member and did not receive an email or did not yet look at the poll, please complete the poll here (You will need to sign in to see it). The poll will be open until the 1st of October.

    A list of interested members will then be sent to the Chairs of the subcommittees, who will contact you to discuss further. We hope to include all members who volunteer, but also to ensure each subcommittee has a diverse range and practical number of members.

     

    Huge NHMRC success for Primary Care Research!

    Congratulations to the following AAAPC members who were successful in the first round of the National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grants. These are very prestigious awards and a wonderful recognition of hard work and research excellence;

    Prof Paul Glasziou. Leader. Neglected problems in health care. $2,701,595.

    Dr Lauren Ball. Emerging Leader 2. Capitalising on the potential of the primary care setting to facilitate healthy eating in the Australian population. $1,526,912.

    Dr Liz Sturgiss. Emerging Leader 1. Enhancing primary healthcare for adults on low incomes with obesity - an intervention development study. $639,500. 

    Dr Geoff Spurling. Emerging Leader 1. Developing, implementing, and testing a co-created health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in primary care. $366,925.

     

    Upcoming NHMRC Opportunity for Primary Care Research

    The Medical Research Future Fund has identified Primary Care Research as a priority area for funding for the upcoming NHMRC Investigator Grant round, for EL1 and EL2 applicants.

    This is an exciting opportunity! Please read more here and consider applying.

     

    Expressions of Interest for Hosting the 2021 AAAPC Annual Research Conference

    The Conference Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from University departments who are interested in hosting the 2021 AAAPC Conference. To host the AAAPC Conference, we require a suitable space, AV set up and the Department's ability to assist with onsite conference needs prior and during the event. The space needs to cater for at least 300 delegates, and include rooms for break-out sessions and plenaries. The conference budget does cover University space costs.  

    For further information or to express your interest, please email Liz Sturgiss (Chair Conference and Professional Development subcommittee, liz.sturgiss@monash.edu) by the end of October 2019.

    AAAPC AGM Minutes

    If you have not already noticed, the July 2019 AGM Minutes can be found on the AGM page of the website, as part of the 'Consolidated AAAPC 2019 AGM documents'.

    In the future, verified minutes of the AAAPC Executive Committee Meetings will also be available on the website.

     

    For new and newish members

    We warmly welcome all new members to AAAPC - if you would like your bio to be published in the monthly newsletter, please email aaapc.secretariat@anu.edu.au. This is a great way to build networks within our community. 

     


     

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