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2012 PHC Research Conference

Inform, influence, implement: Research improving policy and practice

2012 PHC Research Conference - Inform, influence, implement: Research improving policy and practice
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The 2012 PHC Research Conference was held in Canberra from 18-20 July 2012 with the focus Inform, influence, implement: Research improving policy and practice.

Stronger primary health care is the cornerstone of the Australian Government's strategy to keep people out of hospital. This health reform is underpinned by a philosophy of comprehensive primary health care and structured through Medicare Locals. This philosophy and structure form the inspiration for primary health care research as we move from capacity building to a focus on how we can inform, influence and implement change and so improve policy and practice. It is critical that we work closely together to achieve the opportunities presented to us by health reform.

We have developed an extensive research capacity in primary health care which is generating a wealth of research findings. It is timely to report on ways in which our research has informed, influenced and been implemented to improve primary health care outcomes in Australia. We need to use our research evidence - use it to inform and influence the health debates and use it to help underpin the sustainable implementation of reform in primary health care.

The conference was attended by Primary health care researchers, project officers, general practitioners, nursing and allied health practitioners, academics, Medicare Local members, policy makers, decision makers, consumers and students.

It provided an essential opportunity for delegates to be part of the narrative informing and influencing the implementation of change in primary health care. Delegates were able to present and hear about the latest research, share ideas, debate critical primary health care matters, form collaborations and network with speakers and other delegates.

The program was an exciting blend of plenary sessions, workshops, symposia, poster and paper sessions, with influential and inspiring presenters from both Australia and overseas.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the conference was convened by the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) and supported by both the Australian Association of Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI, based at ANU).


2012 PHC Research Conference - Highlights


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keynote speakers

Dr Judith Smith

Dr Judith Smith
Head of Policy, Nuffield Trust, London, UK

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Emeritus Professor J Campbell Murdoch

Emeritus Professor J Campbell Murdoch
East Otago Health, Otago, NZ

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Dr Carolyn Clancy

Dr Carolyn Clancy
Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Washington DC, USA
Dr Clancy joined the conference via video-linkage.

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Mark Booth

Mark Booth
First Assistant Secretary, Primary and Ambulatory Care Division, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

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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

PHCRIS Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Australian Association for Academic Primary Care Flinders University The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine



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