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2008 GP & PHC Research Conference: Health for All?

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4-6 June, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

For the fourteenth 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. This Conference celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata at the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata , in Kazakhstan. We reflected on what we have (and have not) done towards achieving the goal of health for all. We debated what still needs to be done to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world. And we heard from many at the Conference as to how their work is contributing to the goal of health for all.

To refresh your memory - the Declaration of Alma-Ata at the 1978 International Conference on Primary Health Care, held in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, expressed the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world. It was the first international declaration underlining the importance of primary health care. The primary health care approach has since then been accepted by member countries of World Health Organization (WHO) as the key to achieving the goal of health for all.

Visit the September issue of BMJ, in which Editor Fiona Godlee writes "... we should examine how far we are from Alma Ata's vision." The fight for primary care, BMJ, [2007] 335.

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

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh OBE is Programme Director of the Open Learning Unit (OLU) at PCPS and Professor of Primary Health Care at The University College London. (View Profile)
In an effort to reduce her carbon footprint, Trisha has asked to be video linked to the conference on Thursday June 5 between 4 and 5.30pm when she will present her paper and be available for discussion with the audience.

Professor Frances Baum

Professor Frances Baum is Professor and Head of Department of Public Health at Flinders University and Foundation Director of the South Australian Community Health Research Unit. (View Profile)

Dr Mark Wenitong

Dr Mark Wenitong is the immediate past president and founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) and the medical advisor for Apunipima Cape York Health Council. (View Profile)

Dr Mick Adams is Chairman of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and has worked as a Chief Executive Officer with the AICHS in Brisbane and Miwatj Aboriginal Corporation for Health in Nhulunbuy. (View Profile)

Dr Ellen Nolte is currently senior lecturer in the Health Services Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (View Profile)


Dr Paul Grinzi is a general practitioner who combines clinical work in Romsey (central Victoria) with academic general practice at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. (View Profile)

Prof Mark Harris is Professor of General Practice, Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW, and a 2007-2010 PHCRED Senior Professorial Research Fellow. (View Profile)

Key Dates

22 February 2008
Closing date for abstracts


18 April 2008
Early bird registration closes

4-6 June 2008
GP & PHC Research Conference