2010 PHC Research Conference
Primary health care research and health reform: Improving care
The 2010 Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference (formerly GP & PHC Research Conference) was held in Darwin from 30 June-2 July 2010 with the theme Primary health care research and health reform: Improving care.
Primary health care and prevention are at the forefront of the Australian Government
The Australian Government's reform agenda urges action to:
- tackle the major access and equity issues that affect people now
- redesign our health system to meet emerging challenges, and
- create an agile, responsive and self-improving health system for future generations (www.yourhealth.gov.au).
Given that primary health care and prevention are at the forefront of the reform agenda, research in these areas is vital to ensure changes will improve care. We need to provide Australians with a primary health care system that is equipped to meet future challenges, from prevention to enabling access to health services, through to managing complex chronic conditions in partnership with other sectors.
Many forces are driving the need for changes 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 do much to improve care. It can:
- set the direction for improvement by identifying what needs to be changed for whom and why
- provide data from experimental projects or development projects on the efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of possible policy responses to identified needs
- contribute to better implementation of national programs through rigorous evaluation of programs in their early stages
- work with policy makers, practitioners and consumers to determine how improvement can be best achieved.
Delegates (researchers, policy makers, practitioners and consumers) attending this conference presented, listened, debated and learnt how research, evaluation and development can improve primary health care.
Dr Colin Tukuitonga
Dr Jim Primrose
Assoc Prof Noel Hayman
Dr Stephen Campbell
Surviving the Frontline
When: Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Where: Darwin Convention Centre
Cost: Free, open to the public
Register: 1800 755 270
The forum will feature expert national and international speakers including:
- Northern Territory Coroner, Mr Greg Cavanagh, SM;
- International Red Cross war surgeon Dr Chris Giannou; and
- United Nations Humanitarian Programs Director, Mr Larry Hollingworth.
When: June 28 - July 2 2010
Interested in research in general practice or GP education? Want to meet like-minded colleagues, but can’t get away from a busy practice to attend a conventional conference?
Research week is an on-line conference to promote discussion and collaboration among registrars, supervisors and doctors on enhancing evidence-based medical education and clinical practice in Australian GP training. It will include talks from academics, discussions with GPs who did academic training, and information on courses available.
Registrars, supervisors and allied health professionals can register on-line at www.researchweek.com.au
Convenor - Assoc Prof Ellen McIntyre
Coordinator - Ms Fiona Thomas
Phone 1800 025 882
For queries concerning the Conference, please contact the Conference Secretariat:
Acting as agent for PHC RIS
PO Box 6150
Kingston ACT 2604
Phone: 02 6281 6624
Fax: 02 6285 1336
View abstracts and presentations for...
Associated PHC RIS infonet articles
- Call for abstracts now open (February 2010)
- PHC research and health reform: Improving care (April 2010)
- Our 2010 PHC Research Conference Keynote speakers (April 2010)
- Primary health care research and health reform: Improving care - the 2010 PHC Research Conference you cannot miss! (June 2010)
- An excellent balance at the 2010 PHC Research Conference - Primary health care research and health reform: Improving care (August 2010)
- Expectations were met: Evaluation of the 2010 PHC Research Conference (October 2010)
- PHC Research Conference highlights (October 2010)