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2004 GP & PHC Research Conference:
What's [not] working? How do we know?


2-4 June, Sheraton Hotel Brisbane


The 2004 GP & PHC Research Conference was held in Brisbane at the Sheraton Hotel on June 2-4. Despite hearing the last minute news that our keynote speaker Michael Quinn Patton was not able to attend the conference after being involved in a car accident on the way to the airport in the US, the conference was once again very well attended.

Nine half-day workshops on a wide range of topics, kicked off the conference program on Wednesday. These were well supported by over 200 delegates.

The conference once again coincided with a sitting week for parliament as well as Senate Estimates Committee, but we were pleased to welcome Vicki Murphy, Acting State Manager of the Department of Health and Ageing to open the conference. Three hundred and twelve delegates from a range of backgrounds in primary health care research and evaluation, development and practice, policy, consumer organisations and Divisions of General Practice contributed to the overall success of the conference. Delegates came from every state and territory in Australia as well as countries further afield such as New Zealand, England and Ireland.

Delegates listened and responded to interesting and varied presentation from keynote and plenary speakers, once again presented more papers than ever before, displayed and presented informative posters, raised and challenged current primary health care issues and networked with both new and existing colleagues. Delegates were entertained and challenged by the inhabitants of Fryeville in the Hypothetical and enjoyed a relaxing trip on the Brisbane River during the conference dinner.

Thank you once again to everyone who assisted with the conference and contributed to its success- the advisory and scientific committees, invited speakers (thank you Kristine Battye for replacing Michael Quinn Patton at short notice), paper and poster presenters, session chairs, workshop facilitators, hypothetical participants, AAAGP for their paper prize, sponsors, exhibitors, delegates, Sheraton Brisbane staff, Conference Logistics and PHCRIS staff. We are once again especially grateful to the Primary Care Division of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing without whose generous financial support the conference would not be possible.

PHCRIS poster prizes

Jury vote: Judy Taylor for Rural community participation: What assists and what undermines it?
Popular vote: Ying Pan for Changes in Antibiotic Prescribing Rates in the Last Decade.

AAAGP prize

First time presenter: Dr Gil-Soo Han, Monash University School of Rural Health for Overseas-trained doctors in Australia "catalysts and barriers for personal and professional adjustment into the rural community with reference to long-term retention."

Conference proceedings

The proceedings of the GP & PHC Research Conference are available online in the PHCRIS eLibrary. These proceedings include links to PDFs of all abstracts for keynote, plenary, paper, poster, lunch and breakfast sessions, as well as PDFs of PowerPoint slide presentations for most keynote, plenary and paper session, provided presenters have provided their presentations and permission for dissemination. View abstracts and presentations for:

Conference evaluation

To view the findings of the 2004 GP & PHC Research Conference, please read the following document:

  • 2003 Conference Evaluation 2004 GP & PHC Research Conference Evaluation [PDF: 1.95MB]