2016 PHC Research Conference

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The 2016 PHC Research Conference was held from 8–9 June 2016 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

The Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference is the national knowledge exchange opportunity for people working across the PHC frontline. It attracts some 450 delegates, contributing research as well as practice, policy, management and consumer/community perspectives. Delegates value the conference as the place to discuss and debate the latest quality peer-reviewed PHC research while networking across the sector. They attend to stay current with the latest in PHC developments, trends and news. They appreciate the interactive nature of the Conference and the opportunities it offers to meet new colleagues, build relationships, bridge professional silos and foster productive collaborative networks between researchers and research users.

In short, if you are working in PHC, then this conference is the place to present, hear, network, debate and spark dynamic ideas that make a difference to health outcomes. The theme for the 2016 PHC Research Conference, Reform and innovation in PHC policy and practice, guides presenters to demonstrate ways in which their work and expertise contributes to innovative, policy-relevant, priority-driven research. This may be at the national level, or it may give insights into local adaption of policy or the tailoring of practice to meet the needs of particular groups and individuals.

We seek innovative research contributions from across the PHC sector. In addition, this year we will encouraged engagement and exchange with people working in Primary Health Networks, industry and the private sector. This was designed to provide opportunities to contribute fresh thinking, build relationships, exchange perspectives and develop cross-sectoral ideas across the wider health system.

Presenters were invited to consider how their work contributes innovative thinking to these sub-themes. There was a diversity of content—from populations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Migrant and Refugees, men, women, children, youth, and aged) to geographic focus (remote/rural/regional/urban) to presentations ranging from technology to education and training. The overall programme featured presentations, both oral and poster, that inspired innovative ways of thinking to make a difference to PHC practice, policy and health outcomes for all Australians.

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