Fae Heaselgrave, PHC RIS
The 2009 PHC RIS Annual Report will be available at the Primary Health Care Research Conference in Darwin later this month as well as on-line. These highlights indicate what a productive year we had.
- Sent out PHC RIS eBulletin weekly to 1 839 subscribers
- Undertook an applied research project to establish the contribution of primary health care research to health reform processes in Australia
- Completed three rapid response research projects for the Department on topics of policy relevance
- Evaluated the extent to which the Researcher Development Program impacted on knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to research
- Published the bi-monthly newsletter PHC RIS infonet, which was sent toover 1 000 hard copy subscribers and over 1 200 electronic subscribers
- Produced a Summary Data report on the Annual Survey of Divisions 2007–08
- Produced the first Divisions Performance Indicator reports by analysing data from national Performance Indicators and the Annual Survey of Divisions.
- Continually updated and enhanced the design and functionality of the website which, in 2009, had average monthly hits of 39 864, over 8 000 more than the monthly hits in 2008
- Merged Roadmap Of Australian primary health care Research (ROAR) profiles with ROAR projects and 2009 GP & PHC Research Conference abstracts, bringing the total number of ROAR profiles to just over 2 500
- Responded to over 2 000 enquiries from stakeholders by phone, email and in person
- Supported Divisions Networks and State Based Organisations by enhancing the planning and reporting on-line system.
- Distributed over 500 copies of Snapshot of Australian primary health care research 2009, which also had 434 downloads from the PHC RIS website
- Produced seven electronic issues of RESEARCH ROUNDup
- Published five peer reviewed journal articles
- Convened the GP & PHC Research Conference with the theme, Driving Change, in Melbourne 15‑17 July 2009 - over 450 delegates attended to hear from 150 speakers from Australia and overseas about primary health care research, evaluation and development.
- Conducted and evaluated a knowledge brokering project for the Department as the basis for further work, in collaboration with APHCRI
- Conducted a stakeholder survey to assess awareness and usefulness of PHC RIS paper-based and web-based resources
- Organised consultation workshops in five Australian States for phase three of the PHCRED Strategy
- Facilitated an exchange of information and knowledge between researchers and policy advisors by convening three knowledge brokering meetings.
The full report will soon be available from <www.phcris.org.au>