RACGP Foundation

About the RACGP Foundation

The RACGP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the RACGP. For over 60 years, the RACGP Foundation has enabled critical research in general practice, helping to shape Australian primary care for a healthier tomorrow.

RACGP Foundation Grants & Awards

The RACGP Foundation provides over half a million dollars in grants and awards each year to support important GP-led research projects, helping to inform and improve practice and patient outcomes. Applications open in early March each year. For alerts on upcoming grant opportunities, email foundation@racgp.org.au.

Congratulations to the RACGP Foundation’s grant recipients for 2023:

Medibank Better Health Foundation/RACGP Foundation Digital Health Grant ($125,000)
Dr Nancy Sturman, Ms Shauna Fjaagesund, Associate Professor Jane Nikles, Dr Stefan Konigorski, Professor Michele Sterling, and Dr Rachel Elphinston – StudyU: a pilot of digitally-enabled, personalised experiments in general practice settings to support self-management and shared decision-making in patients with persistent pain.

Medibank Better Health Foundation/RACGP Foundation Digital Health Grant ($124,998)
Professor Meredith Makeham, Dr Adeola Bamgboje-Ayodele, Professor Melissa Baysari, Associate Professor Fiona Robinson, Professor Susan Kurrle and Mr Pan Teng – Optimising virtual care technologies between general practice and residential aged care: a human factors approach.

RACGP Foundation/HCF Research Foundation Research Grant ($119,971)
Dr Gillian Singleton and Associate Professor Hassan Hosseinzadeh – ePREVENT 360 - Enhancing PREVENTion and primary care efficiency through digital pre-visit patient assessment, empowerment and monitoring.

RACGP Foundation/Diabetes Australia Research Grant ($60,000)
Professor Nigel Stocks, Dr Susan Williams, Associate Professor David Gonzalez Chica, Ms Antoinette Liddell, Dr Natalie Pink – Trends in diabetes monitoring and diabetes control among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending general practice: a comparison between urban and rural locations in Australia.

MAIC/RACGP Foundation Research Grant ($50,000)
Dr Nancy Sturman, Dr Sam Hariri, Ms Shauna Fjaagesund, Associate Professor Jane Nikles, Dr Stefan Konigorski, Dr Rachel Elphinston – Identifying effective self-management options for individual patients with persistent neck and/or back pain following road traffic crashes: a general practice-based feasibility study.

RACGP Foundation/ANEDGP Innovation Grant ($20,000)
Dr Kerry Hancock, Professor Shyamali Dharmage, Mrs Jacqueline Genesin, Dr Christopher Barton, Dr Paul Molyneux, Dr Jennifer Perret – ‘Precursor’: detecting and preventing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in ‘young’ middle-aged adults – a preliminary pilot in general practice.

RACGP Foundation/BOQ Specialist Research Grant ($19,999)
Dr Renae Lawrence, Ms Sonia Markoff, Dr Sameera Ansari, Associate Professor Nicola Burton, Dr Kerry Uebel, Associate Professor Kylie Vuong – A general practice toolkit to promote physical activity among people living with cancer.

Family Medical Care Education and Research Grant ($19,340)
Dr Wei-May Su, Professor Penny Abbott, Professor Kelsey Hegarty – Identifying and engaging with people who use interpersonal abuse and violence who present in Australian general practice.

Family Medical Care Education and Research Grant ($12,480)
Dr Kathleen O’Brien – Respiratory syncytial virus in Australia – an update.

RACGP Foundation Chris Silagy Research Scholarship ($13,288)
Dr Ben Mitchell, Professor Mieke Van Driel, Associate Professor Geoffrey Spurling, Professor Parker Magin – Qualitative analysis of GP registrar use of, and beliefs about, the role of POC tools in clinical care.

RACGP Foundation Indigenous Health Award ($9000)
Dr Talila Milroy, Dr Jacqueline Frayne, Dr Kate Smith – Aboriginal women’s perspectives on menstrual health and modes of engagement with primary care providers.

RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges Webb Memorial Award ($1000)
Dr Sonia Srinivasan, Dr Sharon James, Professor Danielle Mazza – Supporting primary care provision of contraception and abortion: an evaluation of digital content from an Australian virtual community of practice.

Annual Conference Awards

To recognise excellence in general practice research, the RACGP Foundation presents a number of prestigious awards each year to GPs and GPs in training who deliver outstanding conference presentations and research posters at the RACGP's annual conference.

Applications for the Annual Conference Awards are now open. For more information and to apply, click here.

PhD Scholarships

The RACGP Foundation has recently launched its PhD Scholarships program, providing top-up scholarships for GPs and GPs in training embarking on PhD research. The program aims to address the critical workforce shortage in academic general practice.

Applications for the inaugural PhD Scholarships are now open. For more information and to apply, click here.

More information

For more information about the RACGP Foundation and to donate, visit the RACGP Foundation website or email foundation@racgp.org.au.