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The RACGP Foundation believes in the importance of research in general practice.

Our research grants acknowledge the vital contribution general practitioners and general practice registrars make in furthering medical advancements within the community. By raising funds to support a diverse range of research grants, scholarships, Fellowships and awards, the RACGP Foundation provides GPs with the opportunity to undertake vital research into primary healthcare.


Lead investigator

Prof Mieke van Driel

Co-investigators 

Dr Laura Deckx

Prof Bogda Koczwara

Prof Paul Glasziou

Prof Marjan van den Akker

Prof Danielle Mazza


Project title 

‘A toolkit that summarises clinical guidelines for people with multimorbidity’

State/territory 

Queensland 

Aim

To develop a multimorbidity toolkit that summarises the available evidence on interactions, harms and benefits of treatments for 10 diseases that are common in general practice. It will assess the utility of the toolkit and refine it through input from GPs and patients.

The multimorbidity toolkit will support GPs to make better-informed treatment decisions by translating the evidence available in clinical guidelines into a summary for individual patients. 

Lead investigator 

Prof Lyndal Trevena

Co-investigators 

Dr Christopher Harrison

Dr Julie Gordon

Dr Carissa Bonner

Assoc Prof Simon Poon

Ms Niku Gorji 


Project title

‘OCEAn – NETs (Occasions of Care Explained and Analysed – Nominated Extra Topics)’

State/territory 

New South Wales

Aim 

To support two studies, which will be conducted as sub-studies of the larger OCEAn (Occasions of Care Explained and Analysed) study. The first will show whether the use of formal cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment tools is associated with reduced over- and under-treatment. The second will allow identification of areas where GPs could improve their osteoarthritis care and identify areas of variation that might be due to inequity and access issues.

The OCEAn study builds on the work conducted in the 1998–2016 Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) study. OCEAn is a cross-sectional study that uses an electronic cloud-based interface to collect comprehensive data about the GP–patient encounter.


Lead investigator 

Dr Jo-Anne Manski Nankervis

Co-investigators 

Assoc Prof Michelle Dowsey

Dr Panagiota Chondros

Ms Sharmala Thuraisingam

Prof Peter Choong

Prof Jane Gunn


Project title

‘Developing a prediction model for total knee replacement surgery for people with osteoarthritis in general practice’

State/territory 

Victoria 

Aim

To develop a clinical risk prediction tool for use in the general practice setting that can identify those at risk of total knee replacement and non-responders to total knee replacement prior to referral to an orthopaedic surgeon. This will enable GPs to offer alternative therapies, and/or target modifiable risk factors to reduce the likelihood of total knee replacement or improve the likelihood of surgery success. 


Lead investigator 

Prof Tania Winzenberg

Co-investigators 

Dr Emily Hansen

Dr Verity Cleland

Assoc Prof Emma Warnecke

Ms Aroub Lahham


Project title 

‘Understanding the perspectives of general practitioners regarding sedentary behaviour management in primary care: A qualitative study’

State/territory 

Tasmania 

Aim

To shed light on GPs’ views on sedentary behaviour assessment and management, with the goal of designing approaches to make this easier to assess and manage in general practice. The outcome of this study will be an essential step to understanding current practice, thus developing effective strategies informed by GPs’ perspectives to optimise sedentary behaviour management in primary care.  


Lead investigator 

Dr Melinda Choy

Co-investigators

Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss

Assoc Prof Elizabeth Rieger

Prof Kirsty Douglas


Project title 

‘eHealth and disadvantage: A mixed-methods study exploring how patients with chronic disease experience eHealth’

State/territory 

ACT

Aim 

To gather better information on the barriers to accessing eHealth in the context of chronic disease and low socioeconomic status. Interviews with patients from low socioeconomic status populations and at least one chronic disease will be conducted. The interview information will form the basis of a patient survey to find the most important factors that determine how patients engage in eHealth. 


Lead investigator 

Dr Karyn Alexander

Co-investigator

Prof Danielle Mazza 


Project title 

‘Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) in general practice: A feasibility study of preventive health for young children’

State/territory 

Victoria 

Aim 

To find out if Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) can be incorporated into routine general practice consultations, and determine how acceptable it is to both reception and clinical staff.

We anticipate that using the PEDS tool will improve clinicians’ knowledge and confidence regarding child preventive health and developmental assessment and contribute to the early identification of child health problems, significantly improving the lifelong health trajectories of Australian children.  


Lead investigator

Dr Geoffrey Spurling

Co-investigators 

Dr Prabha Lakhan

Prof David Johnson

Ms Anna Cooney

Mr Gary Torrens

Mr Antonio Martinez Ortiz

Dr Dgarmenaan Palamuthusingam


Project title 

‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons attending an urban Indigenous primary healthcare clinic and their experiences of living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)’

State/territory 

Queensland 

Aim 

There are two parts to this study. The first part will identify the number of patients attending the clinic who are at risk of CKD. 

There is little information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients’ experiences of living with CKD and the quality of healthcare services provided to them. Therefore, the second part of the study will describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients’ experiences of living with CKD. The findings of the study will be compared to others reported in the literature.
 
The main outcomes of this study will be to address the gap in knowledge regarding experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients residing in an urban area and attending an Indigenous primary healthcare clinic, and areas of healthcare provision related to CKD requiring improvement.  

Lead investigator 

Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss

Co-investigators 

Prof Kirsty Douglas

Prof Grant Russell


Project title 

‘Exploring effective general practice consultations for disadvantaged adults living with obesity‘

State/territory 

ACT

Aim 

GPs are a critical part of obesity management in Australia, and the relationship between patients and their GP is an essential first step in successful, long-term management. But, national data on patient experience in healthcare suggests that disadvantaged patients feel they are less respected, less listened to, and have insufficient time with their GP compared to the general population.

This project is built on the idea that we can learn from the experiences of disadvantaged patients and their GPs who have been successful in managing obesity and will discover vital new knowledge to ensure general practice continues to work towards reducing health inequality across Australian communities. 


Lead investigator

Dr Kirrily Ellerton

Co-investigators

Dr Rimmer Medres

Dr Harishan Tharmarajah

Dr Amanda Dolphin

Dr Sue McKellar

Assoc Prof Simon Craig


Project title

‘The VRIMM study. Virtual reality for immunisation pain: A randomised controlled clinical trial in general practice’

State/territory

Victoria

Aim 

Routine immunisations are the most common reason children experience pain and distress as a result of interacting with a healthcare provider. Various techniques are recommended to reduce this pain and distress, including optimisation of positioning and injection techniques, tactile stimulation, topical anaesthesia and various distraction techniques.

This study seeks to compare, in the setting of a randomised trial, these standard techniques with virtual reality – to reduce the pain and distress experienced by children undergoing routine four-year-old vaccination in a general practice setting.

The project aims to demonstrate the utility of virtual reality for painful minor procedures in the general practice setting. The technology is easily applied to older children/adults undergoing similar procedures, and may reduce the development of needle phobia in later life.  


Recipient 

Dr Lena von Schuckmann

Project title 

Conference travel’


State/territory 

Queensland

Aim 

This grant provided the recipient with the opportunity to travel to two conferences to disseminate important research findings from her PhD work on the changes in patients’ sun protection behaviours after diagnosis with a high-risk melanoma. Findings of this study provide valuable information for GPs, who conduct the majority of behaviour change counselling for patients.


Lead investigator 

Dr Lucy Gilkes

Co-investigators 

Assoc Prof Nahal Mavaddat

Prof Stephan Schug

Prof Gary Hulse

Prof Peter O'Sullivan


Project title 

‘Devising a computerised chronic pain care plan tool (Pain-T) for general practice’

State 

Western Australia 

Aim 

This project will determine the key enablers and barriers to providing the best care for people with chronic pain in order to reduce long-term disability and the over-use of prescribed opioids. Based on findings and review of resources currently available to GPs for pain management, the study explores how to translate this information into a user-friendly tool to assist the GP with developing an appropriate and effective chronic pain management plan. The study will then ask selected GPs to test this tool to see whether they feel that it would help them plan better management of their patients with chronic pain.


Lead investigator 

Dr Pallavi Prathivadi

Co-investigators 

Dr Chris Barton

Prof Danielle Mazza


Project title 

‘Qualitative insights into the opioid prescribing practices of Victorian GP registrars’

State 

Victoria

Aim 

Encouraging safe prescribing of opioids (as recommended by scientific evidence) is a public health priority in Australia. This project will interview Victorian general practice registrars to explore aspects of their opioid prescribing. This includes their knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to long-term opioid prescribing, managing chronic pain with opioids, and understanding their decision-making process when prescribing opioids. The findings will directly inform the development of an intervention to improve safe prescribing of opioids in general practice. 


Authors 

Dr Lisa Crossland

Prof Claire Jackson


Research article 

Successfully implementing a diabetic retinopathy screening service in general practice: What does the evidence tell us? Aust Fam Physician 2017;46(7):529–35.

State 

Queensland


Presenter

Dr Daniel Aronov

Presentation 

‘Social media video improves informed choice for breast cancer screening’


Presenter

Dr Daniel Aronov


Presentation

‘Social media video improves informed choice for breast cancer screening’