2006 GP & PHC Research Conference:
5-7 July, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
This year's conference theme "Optimising impact" coupled with speakers from the US, UK and Europe who actively engaged with delegates, generated an excellent three days of listening, discussing, networking and socialising for over 300 delegates (researchers, decision makers, policy makers, practitioners and consumers) at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Delegates were inspired and challenged by our international guest speakers, Professors Larry A. Green (Senior Scholar in Residence at The Robert Graham Centre in Washington, D.C. (sponsored by APHCRI)), Martin Roland (Director of NPCRDC and Professor of General Practice at Manchester University) and Andre Knottnerus (Professor, Department of General Practice, Maastricht University, the Netherlands ).
Australian plenary speakers Jennie Roe (Acting Assistant Secretary, Primary Care Programs Branch, Department of Health and Ageing), Philip Davies (Deputy Secretary, Department of Health and Ageing), Ross Bailie (Professor, Menzies School of Health Research) and Shauna Gaebler (Deputy CEO, Perth and Hills Division of General Practice) all presented their knowledge, experience and insight in regards to the conference theme, generating much discussion both at these sessions and during the ensuring breaks.
The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre was a hive of activity as the program was jam packed in order to cater for the 6 pre-conference workshops, 120 paper presentations and 51 poster displays, four plenary sessions, two breakfast sessions, many lunchtime meetings, three major social engagements, and countless impromptu meetings. The exhibits from PHCRIS, DoHA , NHMRC, Australian Drug Information, Medcheck and AAAGP also contributed to the buzz of a well-attended conference.
AAAGP and APHCRI played a more prominent role in this year's conference with each holding their own plenary session as well as APHCRI (in collaboration with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy) hosting an informal gathering immediately before the traditional AAAGP dinner with guest speaker Professor Marin Roland.
The Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening proved to be the ideal ice breaker to kick off the conference. The PHCRIS Conference dinner dance was an outstanding event attended by nearly all delegates who thoroughly enjoyed themselves with good food, great wine, fantastic music and legendary dancing.
We would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved in this year's conference and for their contributions which have been instrumental in the success of this conference. Special thanks goes to the conference advisory and scientific committees, invited speakers, paper and poster presenters, session chairs, workshop facilitators, sponsors, exhibitors, registrants, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre staff, Conference Logistics and PHCRIS. In addition, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the primary Care Division of DoHA, without whose generous financial contribution the conference would not be possible.
|AAAGP First presenter prize
Dr Marlene Tham
Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne
Paper title: "Patients' perceptions of their weight change and body size - a study in general practice"
|PHCRIS Poster Prize - Popular vote
Mary Fielding, Annamari Kilkinnen, Rachel Boak
Warrnambool College & Greater Green Triangle, University Department of Rural Health.
Poster title: "What stops schools selling health foods?"
|PHCRIS Poster Prize - Jury vote
Geraldine Anderson, Sonia Champion, Georgie Stamp, Pauline Zanet, Trenna Paige, Katrina Coulthard
Spencer Gulf Rural Health School
Poster title: "Piloting the Victorian New Mothers' questionnaire for use in the Anagu Bibi Birthing program in rural South Australia."