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2002 GP & PHC Conference:
Research - Making a difference to health and health care


30-31 May, Melbourne Carlton Crest Hotel

The 2002 GP & PHC Conference, hosted by PHCRIS and held in Melbourne, was an outstanding success.

The Conference focused on four key areas:

  • Identifying research questions relevant to consumers, practitioners, managers and policy makers.
  • Selecting rigorous qualitative and quantitative methodologies that are appropriate to the purpose and setting of the research.
  • Developing viable and sustainable ongoing partnerships between researchers and stakeholders to design and conduct research, and to enhance the dissemination and uptake of research findings.
  • Building the capacity of the research workforce to undertake research, and the capacity of managers, practitioners and policy makers to use research findings.

The conference is an important annual forum where investigators present research funded through GPEP, PHCRED, Divisions of General Practice and other sources.

Conference proceedings

The conference proceedings for the 2002 GP & PHC Conference are available in hardcopy or PDF format. You can order free copies from our publications page, or click icon below to view the PDF version.

  • 2003 Conference Evaluation 2002 GP & PHC Research Conference Proceedings [PDF: 1.95MB]

Keynotes from speakers at the conference are available online in both PDF and ppt format. Click here to view

Conference evaluation

Brief evaluation report as featured in GPinfonet. Key findings included:

  • The conference attracted 274 delegates from every State and Territory in Australia, representing academic departments of general practice and rural health, Divisions of General Practice, Government departments, other health organisations, research centres, and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
  • The conference was rated as good or excellent by most delegates, and met their expectations. The diversity of the insights the delegates listed they gained from attending the conference shows how the conference program provided many benefits for each of the people who attended. The best parts of the conference were the Keynote and Plenary speakers followed by the opportunities to network, according to delegates. The pre-conference workshops, which we included for the first time in 2002, provided excellent opportunities to explore specific issues in-depth during interactive sessions.
  • The ‘New methods to discover best practices in health care’ pre-conference workshop, delivered by Dr Susan Horn, was particularly successful, with 85 participants. There is strong delegate support for the GP & PHC Research Conference to continue.
  • “I must say I found the conference really enjoyable and valuable. I was able to catch up with some former colleagues as well as meet a number of people who are working in similar research areas to me. I had a number of discussions which prompted further (useful!) thoughts about my own PhD research, and I found a range of papers & posters in which I was interested. In short, I really felt like I was in the right place!” (delegate feedback).

To view the full conference evaluation report or evaluation form, click on the icons below:

  • 2003 Conference Evaluation 2002 GP & PHC Research Conference Evaluation [PDF: 215KB]
  • 2003 Conference Evaluation 2002 GP & PHC Research Conference Evaluation form [PDF: 109KB]