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2007 GP & PHC Research Conference: Working Together

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23-25 May, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

For the thirteenth consecutive year, the General Practice & Primary Health Care Research conference was a key annual event for those interested in research, evaluation and development in primary health care. And as such, the theme was "WORKING TOGETHER!"

The focus was aimed at building partnerships and promoting collaborative endeavours between research, policy and practice elements of the primary health care sector. This was to facilitate and ensure that all in this sector are able to work together to provide evidence which makes a better health system for all Australians.

This conference provided ample opportunities for PHC researchers, decision makers, practitioners and consumers, to get together to network, form collaborations, share ideas, and debate the many issues raised by speakers and delegates.

Delegates were inspired, challenged, motivated and provoked by our international guest speakers.

  • Professor Chris van Weel (Professor and Head of Department for General practice/Family medicine, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands). Professor van Weel has a strong interest in chronic disease management and is the founder of the Netherlands School of Primary Care Research. He is President-elect of WONCA. Professor van Weel is an APHCRI Visiting Fellow.
  • Professor Nicky Britten (Professor of Applied Health Care Research & Deputy Director of the Institute of Clinical Education, the Peninsula Postgraduate Health Institute, UK). Professor Britten is a sociologist with interests in the synthesis of qualitative research and user involvement in research.
  • Professor Bonnie Sibbald (Deputy Director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre University of Manchester) who is investigating how general practice teams should be configured to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. Professor Sibbald is an APHCRI Visiting Fellow.

During this full three day conference, the program was jam packed with paper presentations, poster displays, four plenary sessions, one of which included an interactive “on the couch” discussion session, several social engagements, and countless impromptu meetings. We also heard from Australian speakers and looked at the Australian perspective gained through on-shore research projects.

For the third consecutive year, the conference was a collaborative venture, between the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS), the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing, the Australian Association for Academic General Practice (AAAGP) and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI).

The following was awarded at the conference: