High quality PHC research is a powerful community resource, strengthened and contextualised with insights from research users. The national PHC Research Conference is an acknowledged forum for bringing together researchers and research users for face-to-face dialogue, discussion and debate—all centred on the latest peer-reviewed primary health care research.
There were 315 delegates at the 2016 PHC Research Conference in Canberra. While the majority (31%) were researchers, there was strong representation from CEOs/Managers/Directors, potentially reflecting the focus this year on broadening networks to engage more effectively with Primary Health Networks (PHNs), the private sector and industry. Additionally, there was significant engagement with delegates from policy (13%) and General Practice (10%) cohorts. It was pleasing to see developing connections with consumer representatives (2%) and nurses/allied health practitioners (2%).
The online evaluation was completed by 73 (23%) delegates who valued the opportunities offered at the conference for hearing the latest quality research, knowledge exchange, discussion and networking. As one respondent noted, they attended the conference to ‘Reconnect with interstate colleagues for ongoing collaborations, be introduced to new potential colleagues, learn from others’ research journeys, hear up to date high quality project presentations’.
For more feedback and comments about the workshops, plenary sessions, concurrent paper sessions and other aspects of this conference, please view the full conference evaluation report.
2016 key dates
- 26 February
Closing date for abstracts
- 1 April
Notification of acceptance of abstracts
- 22 April
Closing date for Protocol & Recruitment Corner abstracts
- 13 May
Early bird registrations close
- 8–9 June 2016
PHC Research Conference
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