Our 2020 Annual Research Conference keynote speakers are proudly sponsored by
The University of Melbourne Department of General Practice

Keynote speakers

Prof Paul Glasziou
Director, Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University, QLD

Professor Paul Glasziou is the Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University and previously the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. Professor Glasziou has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, and seven books related to evidence-based practice. He is a member of the MBS Review Taskforce, the board of Therapeutic Guidelines, and chairs the RACGP's Handbook of NonDrug Interventions (HANDI). As a general practitioner his key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice and more specifically on improving the clinical impact of publications by reducing the more than $85 billion annual loss from unpublished and unusable research.

Better development, research and uptake of non-drug interventions

Effective non-drug methods are less well known, less well promoted, and less well used than their pharmaceutical cousins. Advances in non-drug treatments in the past few decades have been substantial and diverse: exercise for heart failure and COPD, ‘mirror’ therapy for poststroke pain, the Epley manoeuvre for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, cognitive therapy for depression (and almost everything else!), ‘bibliotherapy’ (specific guided self-help books), to name just a few. Indeed, nearly half the thousands of clinical trials conducted each year are for non-drug treatments. To address one barrier to using non-drug interventions, the RACGP has launched the Handbook of Non-Drug Intervention (HANDI), which aims to make ‘prescribing’ a non-drug therapy almost as easy prescribing a drug. However, many barriers remain to making better use of effective non-drug treatments, including poor support for clinical trials, poor reporting of such trials, and better awareness and uptake by clinicians and patients. The issue of poor research and uptake of non-drug interventions is also mirrored in the current COVID-19 where little research is being done on the behavioural, environmental, social and systems interventions which have been the bedrock of management.



Prof Liz Halcomb

Professor of Primary Health Care Nursing, University of Wollongong, NSW and Editor, Nurse Researcher; Editor, Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research; Associate Editor, BMC Family Practice; Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Primary Health

An international award-winning nurse academic, Liz is currently the Professor of Primary Health Care Nursing at the University of Wollongong. Her PHC research expertise relates to the nursing workforce in primary care, chronic and complex disease and lifestyle risk factor reduction.


Bridging the research – policy – practice gap to achieve multidisciplinary primary care

As the health needs of the community change so to do their health care needs. Internationally, primary care has seen a growth in multidisciplinary teams replacing previously medical models of care. It has been over a decade since the Australian government implemented policy initiatives to increase the primary care nursing workforce. Despite the promise of evolving models of care, this has occurred somewhat inconsistently and been constrained by several key factors. This presentation will explore the evidence base for nursing within a multidisciplinary primary care team, and examine the tensions between translating this research into policy and practice. At a time when health system innovation has become a necessity, it is timely to consider how a new normal might address some of the challenges that have previously constrained primary care.

Invited Speaker

Prof Chris Del Mar

Chris is Professor of Public Health and an academic general practitioner at the Institute of Evidence-Based Healthcare, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University. He has a national and international reputation in the management of acute respiratory infections; general practice research; evidence-based medicine; systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials, in both clinical medicine and health services research.


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