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2014 PHC Research Conference: Higher Degree Workshop

Integrating knowledge exchange to improve primary health care outcomes

Satellite Knowledge Exchange Capacity Building Workshop for Higher Degree Students (including Honours)

Tuesday 22 July

Developing a knowledge exchange outlook encourages researchers to cultivate an outward facing perspective, build professional relationships across all sectors and work with end users to inform research directions. It is a different mindset that recognises that publication alone is rarely sufficient to improve health outcomes.  PHCRIS is taking steps to address this paradigm shift with an inaugural Workshop on Knowledge Exchange for Higher Degree Students, facilitated by Hugh Kearns of Thinkwell.

This workshop took place as a satellite event to the 2014 Primary Health Care Research Conference in Canberra on 22 July, the aim of the event was to encourage a philosophy of knowledge exchange early in researchers’ careers.

The workshop included information on resources and tools to help students with planning, conducting and disseminating research. It created opportunities for networking with student colleagues from around Australia, and offered delegates the chance to speak with more experienced researchers, as well as gain an insight into knowledge exchange and how they might apply such a framework in their research. Lunch, tea breaks and midday session were shared with General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) Academic Registrars to broaden networking opportunities.

This workshop aimed to inspire a cadre of knowledge exchange 'agents' who appreciate the co-construction of knowledge and seek to deliver better value from their research to improve health care outcomes.

If you’d like to join us at the Conference next year please sign up to the Conference Communiqué to be kept up-to-date with details as they develop.


Check out the new faces of Primary Health Care Research!

These agents of change are emerging career researchers, who not only attended the 2014 PHC Research Conference but were also the pioneer attendees of PHCRIS’ inaugural Knowledge Exchange Capacity Building Workshop for Higher Degree Students.

Watch this space to see a rumble become a ROAR!

Knowledge Exchange… it’s not just black and white

A video presentation, Knowledge Exchange… it’s not just black and white, encapsulates the key concepts explored, with insights from student delegates and presenters.

Student Handbook



Tuesday 22 July 2014


Welcome coffee/networking—Combined networking opportunity with academic registrars from General Practice Education and Training (GPET) over shared coffee/tea

If research is to be applied, if it is to make a difference and improve health outcomes, then it generally requires more than just publication. It needs to be utilised as a resource. Christina Hagger, PHCRIS

Morning session objectives:
1 Cultivating a philosophy of knowledge sharing
2 The importance of including research users to inform your research directions


Open and Welcome

Ellen McIntyre, PHCRIS Director


Introduction to the day

Hugh Kearns (Facilitator)


Program overview

Why Knowledge Exchange is important for primary health care

Christina Hagger, PHCRIS Senior Research Fellow and Knowledge Exchange Manager


Round table introductions

Meet other participants and briefly introduce your area of research/practice

Panel discussion

Thinking Knowledge Exchange, how can your research make a difference?
Tips from Established and Mid-Career Researchers

Mini-case scenarios from Ellen McIntyre,
Chris Barton (Senior Lecturer, Social Health Sciences, Flinders University—School of Medicine),
Libby Kalucy (Editor, Australian Journal of Primary Health).
Q: How has your research made a difference?

Group discussion

How can you increase the value of your research to end users?

Q: What strategies might work in your field?
Q: Who are your research users/stakeholders?
Q: How can you reach them?


Networking morning tea—Combined networking opportunity with GPET over shared coffee/tea

Midday session objectives:
1 Strategies for getting your research out there
2 Skills building in writing for different audiences

   NB: This midday session is shared with Academic Registrars from GPET to increase networking opportunities


Introduction to shared session with GPET self-promotion—Asking what your research can contribute—where do I start?

Hugh Kearns
Why you matter in KE
Tips to get yourself out there in different platforms


Ways of self-promotion:
1 Writing for Publication
2 Writing to make a difference
(and not always for publication)

Libby Kalucy, Editor of the Australian Journal of Primary Health


3 Practical session: summarise a cutting-edge research article for a non-specialist audience

Katrina Erny-Albrecht, PHCRIS Research Fellow


Building your networks

Christina Hagger


Midday sessions wrap-up

Christina Hagger


Lunch—Combined networking opportunity with GPET over shared lunch

Early afternoon session objectives:
1 People and publications—‘Your network’ and making it work for you
2 Some helpful tools in primary health care


Information sharing and exchange—The ‘How to…When to…Why to…’

Streamlining primary health care literature searching (including grey literature)

Introduction to the PHC Search Filter

Lynsey Brown, PHCRIS Research Associate


Networking and connecting to broaden your Knowledge Exchange horizons.
How to find out who is who in your field—an introduction to the Register of Australian primary health care Research (ROAR) database

Jodie Oliver-Baxter, PHCRIS Research Fellow


How to enhance your network
Value of mentoring
—what it is
—what it isn’t
—what to do if I don’t have one

Hugh Kearns


Pathways and careers in primary health care—directions and manoeuvres…
It’s anything but linear

Hear from Senior Researchers in the primary health care field


Networking afternoon tea

Final session objective:
1 Individual and organisational perspectives for KE in primary health care


Your professional association—the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC)

Benefits of membership and affiliation

Nicholas Zwar, AAAPC President


Becoming an Agent of Change for Knowledge Exchange—systems

Christina Hagger


Becoming an Agent of Change for Knowledge Exchange—individual

Hugh Kearns and Christina Hagger


Complete evaluations
close of workshop


Registered Conference delegates continue networking at the PHC Research Conference Welcome Reception


Key dates

28 February 2014
Closing date for abstracts

2 April 2014
Notification of acceptance of abstracts

9 May 2014
Sponsored delegate applications close
Notification from Monday 26 May

30 May 2014
Early bird registration closes

23–25 July 2014
PHC Research Conference

2014 PHC Research Conference