Conference presentations (published elsewhere)

2010 PHC Research Conference

Posted on: 8 September, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 3, July 2010 - September 2010
Related to Health Health services Research

The 2010 Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference (formerly GP & PHC Research Conference) was held in Darwin from 30 June-2 July 2010. The theme was ‘Primary health care research and health reform: Improving care’. Delegates included researchers, policy makers, practitioners and consumers, they presented, listened, debated and learnt how research, evaluation and development can improve primary health care.

Conference discussions centred on the Australian Government’s reform agenda that urges action to:

  • tackle the major access and equity issues that affect people now
  • redesign the health system to meet emerging challenges, and
  • create an agile, responsive and self-improving health system for future generations (www.yourhealth.gov.au).

Primary health care and prevention are at the forefront of the reform agenda so research in these areas is vital to ensure changes will improve care. The system needs to be equipped to meet future challenges, from prevention to enabling access to health services, through to managing complex chronic conditions in partnership with other sectors. Many forces are driving the need for changes – chronic disease, an ageing population, workforce numbers and distribution, inequities in health care and health outcomes, constraints posed by program and funding arrangements, and increases in the complexity and volume of care delivered and required in the community.

Primary health care research can do much to improve care, it can:

  • set the direction for improvement by identifying what needs to be changed for whom and why
  • provide data from experimental projects or development projects on the efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of possible policy responses to identified needs
  • contribute to better implementation of national programs through rigorous evaluation of programs in their early stages
  • work with policy makers, practitioners and consumers to determine how improvement can be best achieved.

Conference presentations of relevance to Indigenous health included:

  • Allan D, Del Fante P, Reeves J, Stratford D, Miller J. Closing the Gap: can spatial analysis, using the practice health atlas and Pen CAT, inform the needs analysis of a general practice?
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  • Bailie R, Si D, Kennedy C, Cox R, Kwedza R, O’Donoghue L, Liddle H,  Hains J, Brands J, Gardner K,  Fittock M. AAAPC distinguished paper presentation: improving quality of preventative care for well adults in Indigenous community health centres.
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  • Brun L, Buykx H. Evaluation of a cultural training experience undertaken in a regional Aboriginal medical service (for basic registrars).
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  • Burgess C, Bailie R, Connors C, Chenhall R, McDermott R, O’Dea K, Esterman A, Matthews H, Gunabarra C. Early identification and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease within a remote Aboriginal primary health care service.
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  • Coates J, Smith T. Recruitment of elderly Aboriginal Australians for a qualitative study of falls risks, experiences and outcomes.
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  • Coleman J, Spurling G, Hayman N. Indigenous Child Health Checks: the view from the city.
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  • Copley K, Roberts M. Continuous quality improvement in the Northern Territory.
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  • Currie K. Hearing healthcare for NT Indigenous population.
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  • Gardner K, O’Donoghue L, Fittock M, Bailie R. Assessing system development for quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care. 
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  • Hasan I, Zwar N, Dennis S, Pulver L, Wilson I. How to get a broad input into the evaluation of an Indigenous community health brokerage service?
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  • Hayman N. Indigenous primary health care research and health care reform: improving care.
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  • Katterl K, Moretti C,  Kalucy E, Reinfeld-Kirkman N. A divisions-eye view on Closing the Gap with Aboriginal health checks.
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  • Kwedza R, Burgum M, Aliakbari J. Assessing the quality of diabetes care in far north Queensland primary health care centres.
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  • Larkins S, McGinty S, Smith S, Harrison R. Best practice in supporting young Indigenous parents: literature review and case studies.
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  • Lindeman M, Smith K, LoGiudice D, Shadforth G, Carroll E, Atkinson D, Schaper F, Flicker L, Lautenschlager N. Model of care for people living with dementia and disabilities in remote Aboriginal communities.
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  • McMahon R. Quality of life at the end of life for palliative care clients living in remote areas of the Top End of the Northern Territory.
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  • Mitchell J, Clarke C, Jackson P. Making Tracks: The journey in Aboriginal bowel cancer screening to keep our mob healthy: An alternative model of bowel cancer screening as part of comprehensive primary health care in SA.
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  • Nadew G. Exposure to traumatic events, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.
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  •  Passey M, Gale J, Stirling J, Sanson-Fisher R. Caring for pregnant Aboriginal women: provider views on managing tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use.
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  • Rae K, Weatherall L, Malin M. Gomeroi gaaynggal – research skill building and empowerment of Aboriginal staff.
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  • Simpson F, Spurling G, Hayman N. Otitis media in Indigenous children: A comparison of remote and urban communities.
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  • Spurling G, Askew D, Hayman N, Bond C. Indigenous health checks over time: a longitudinal study in urban Indigenous primary care.
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  • Stirling J, Swain L, Pont L, Aslani P, Wilcox K. Improving patient care: chronic heart failure self management in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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  • Stirling J, Wilson S, Shibasaki S, Leon D. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Tackling the new and emerging challenges!
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  • Tjhung I, Chang A. Bronchiectasis Interventional Study (BIS): the Torres Strait experience.
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