In this webinar A/Prof Jan Radford, on behalf of the RACGP RACGP Expert Committee-Research, will facilitate a conversation with researchers and GPs reflecting on the role of rural and remote general practice research.
Prof Clare Heal will introduce the topic by defining rural and remote GP research and outlining the scope of research that can take place in these settings.
Prof Sarah Larkins will talk about her capacity building research and the importance of building a local research workforce.
Prof Andrew Bonney will discuss the role of his regional practice-based research network.
Prof Lucie Walters will talk about her extensive work in regional and rural Australia.
Our panellists will then discuss with the audience what advice they have for GPs and researchers wanting to be part of rural health research and on the role of rural and remote general practice research.
- To identify the scope of rural research, and why it is important.
- To identify enablers and barriers to rural health research.
- To reflect on how rural general practice research informs clinical practice and public health in rural communities
This event attracts 2 CPD points
This event is part of GP research webinar series. Events in this series are:
A/Prof Jan Radford
Associate Professor in General Practice, Launceston Clinical School, University of Tasmania
Jan Radford has practised as a general medical practitioner since 1986. She is Associate Professor in General Practice at the University of Tasmania overseeing medical student learning and teaching at the Launceston Clinical School especially in general practice. She has also established and leads a general practice-based research network in the north of Tasmania. Jan has almost completed a PhD.
Jan has a research interest in clinical projects using large collated electronic health record datasets. She has led a project in the area of chronic kidney disease and collaborated with others in the area of atrial fibrillation. Other areas of interest are familial hypercholesterolaemia, interventions to improve the quality of general practice care, and interventions aimed at members of the community who shy away from preventative health care.
In 2017 she obtained a Churchill Scholarship travelling to England, Scotland and the Netherlands to investigate the research use of general practice electronic datasets.
Jan has been a member of the NPS MedicineWise data governance board since 2018. Since 2019 she has also been an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Rural Health.
Professor Clare Heal
Professor (Promotional Chair) discipline of General Practice, James Cook University Rural Clinical School
Dr Clare Heal is Professor (Promotional Chair) discipline of General Practice, James Cook University Rural Clinical School in Mackay.
Over the past ten years she has been principle investigator, or supervising co-investigator, of seven practice based randomised controlled trials investigating the management of skin cancer surgery. In 2016 her study comparing sterile to clean boxed gloves was named one of the top 20 international studies for Primary Care Physicians. She is principle author of a Cochrane review on topical antibiotic prophylaxis published in 2016. She leads North Queensland Pratice Based Research Network.
She currently supervises four honours students and two PhD students and has had twenty honours completions. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles. She continues to be active in clinical practice and works as a GP, and a VMO to Mackay Sexual Health Clinic.
Prof Sarah Larkins
Professor, Health Systems Strengthening in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
Sarah Larkins is Professor, Health Systems Strengthening in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Director of Research Development, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, JCU and an active General Practitioner. She is Co-Director of the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening and Convenor of the Clinical Leadership Group, Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. She leads a substantial body of collaborative health services research focused on improving health equity for and with rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and training an appropriate health workforce for this purpose. Sarah’s work is highly applied and policy-relevant and has led to changes in policy and practice around rural and remote service delivery, Indigenous maternal and child health and health professional education.
Prof Andrew Bonney
GP and Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
Professor Andrew Bonney is a general practitioner and Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. He has been in clinical practice on the NSW south coast since 1992 as a GP to a rural town and Aboriginal community. He is Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN).
Andrew’s contributions to the field of research include extensive investigation into patient centred models of care, particularly in older patients and patients with chronic illness.
Prof Lucie Walters
Director of Adelaide Rural Clinical School
Prof Lucie Walters was instrumental in developing Australia's reputation for medical student long-term rural placements, contributing particularly to Flinders University, Otago University and University of Northern Ontario programs. She currently works clinicially in Aboriginal health at Pangula Mannamurna. With a PhD in medical education, and over 50 publications, Lucie’s research expertise extends across the fields of work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways, medical workforce, and rural health services.