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2009 GP & PHC Research Conference

Driving Change

GP & PHC Research Conference - Driving Change
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Primary health care and prevention are at the forefront of the Australian Government's reform agenda to improve health care. Leading general practice and primary health care researchers are part of the current national change and reform process through their membership of national reform bodies. Many others are contributing to the consultation processes.

There are many forces driving change in primary heath care - chronic disease, an ageing population, workforce numbers and distribution, inequities in health care and health outcomes, constraints posed by program and funding arrangements, and increases in the complexity and volume of care delivered and required in the community.

Primary health care research can:

  • set the direction for change by identifying what needs to be changed for whom and why
  • provide data from experimental projects or development projects within Divisions of General Practice on the efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of possible policy responses to identified needs
  • contribute to better implementation of national programs through rigorous formative and summative evaluation of programs in their early stages
  • work with policy makers, practitioners and consumers to determine how change can be best achieved

Delegates (researchers, policy makers, practitioners and consumers) presented, listened and debated how primary health care research evaluation and development drives change to improve primary health care.

Keynote speakers

Professor Frank Sullivan, Director Scottish School of Primary Care, NHS Tayside Professor of Research and Development in General Practice and Primary Care, University of Dundee. (View Profile)

Winner of the 2009 BMJ Group Award - Research Paper of the Year

Dr Tikki Pang (Pangestu), presently Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. (View Profile)

Conference organisers

Convenor - Assoc Prof Ellen McIntyre

Coordinator - Ms Fiona Thomas

Contact details

Conference secretariat

For queries concerning the Conference, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

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Acting as agent for PHCRIS
PO Box 6150
Kingston ACT 2604
Phone: 02 6281 6624
Fax: 02 6285 1336

Key dates

February 2009
Closing date for abstracts


April 2009
Early bird registration closes

15-17 July 2009
GP & PHC Research Conference

Australian Doctor

The GP & PHC Research Conference appreciates the support of Australian Doctor as Principal Sponsor of the Conference.