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#phcr15 Spotlight—the APHCRI and AAAPC plenary sessions

26 March 2015

PHC Research Conference
Adelaide SA, 29–31 July 2015

As PHC researchers, our priority is to contribute to improved patient outcomes through increasing and sharing knowledge to enhance health systems, services and practices. The potential for our research to help make a difference is supported by the growing involvement of research users to ensure informed research directions. Involving research users, including consumers, policymakers and practitioners, from the outset can increase the opportunities for research to be more relevant and more likely to have impact.

Accordingly, the 2015 PHC Research Conference opens with a consumer perspective. The programme commences with the APHCRI conversational plenary featuring Dr Beth Wilson AM. As Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner from 1997 to 2012, Beth’s role was to manage complaints against health service providers. She received a Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the community of Victoria through the provision of dispute resolution in the area of health services’.

Beth’s presentation will be followed by a panel representing other research users who will share their perspectives on the value of wider engagement throughout the breadth of the research process. Sitting in groups with colleagues with similar research interests, you will be able to discuss strategies for engaging with research users in your own work.

The AAAPC plenary will feature two excellent presentations. One presentation will be by the winner of the Most Distinguished Paper Award. The keynote speaker will be Professor Ngaire Kerse from the University of Auckland who will present her work on the LiLACS study, a programme of research undertaken with indigenous Māori Elders about making the lives of older people better. Ngaire’s presentation will be enhanced with reflections and discussion with representatives of the Māori Elders about the research.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers involved in the development of a Wellbeing Framework designed to assist PHC Services to support the quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease, will also contribute to this panel discussion. Fundamental to the Framework developed by these researchers are the important roles of culture, family and spirituality in maintaining a person’s wellbeing. The Wellbeing Framework also aims to redress the consequences of intergenerational colonisation, formal policies of segregation and exclusion and the forced removal from Country and family and the impact this has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease.

This news item also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 26 March 2015.

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