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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 29 Apr 2021


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Practice Based Research Networks

On-demand recorded 29 Apr 2021

In this seminar A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Chair of the RACGP REC Research, will facilitate a conversation with primary care researchers and GPs reflecting on the role of Practice Based Research Networks. Prof Clare Heal will describe the research undertaken in her PBRN which has informed skin cancer and wound management clinical practice, and Prof Nigel Stocks will describe the contribution of the ASPREN PBRN to infectious disease surveillance in the community. Prof Meredith Temple-Smith will describe the training opportunities provided by PBRNs and the important contribution of non-clinical primary care researchers. Dr Jane Crowe, an active participant in a PBRN, will provide her perspectives on contributing to research, the programs she has contributed to and how this has contributed to her clinical practice. The RACGP Strategy for Research will be introduced, outlining how the RACGP will support general practice research.

Learning outcomes

  1. To describe the purpose of a PBRN and how they support general practice research
  2. To identify PBRNs and describe the ways GPs might participate in them, and gain value from doing so
  3. To reflect on how general practice research informs clinical practice and public health
  4. To describe how the RACGP supports general practice research.
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event is part of GP research webinar series. Events in this series are:


A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis

A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis is an academic general practitioner (GP) at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School. She leads the Data driven quality improvement theme, undertaking innovative research into the use of technology to inform decision making in general practice, and the use of data to describe and optimise general-practice activity, with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship and chronic disease management. She is the Chair, RACGP Expert Committee - Research and sits on a number of Committees including the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Melbourne Medical School Research and Research Training Committee. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for general practitioners to lead and participate in research and is Associate Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) Track, providing academic pathways for aspiring clinician researchers.


Tania Lim
Research Program Manager, RACGP

Tania’s role at the RACGP is to support and promote general practice research. She works with the RACGP Expert Committee – Research to advocate for general practice research, seek opportunities to build research capacity, and promote the importance of general practice research and the work of researchers. This work is key to achieving the RACGP’s aim to create a culture and systems to support the development of general practice research in Australia, leading to more informed policy and practice and improved 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.

Professor Meredith Temple-Smith
Deputy Head and Director of Research Training in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne

Professor Meredith Temple-Smith (BSc, Dip App Child Psych, MPH, DHSc) is Deputy Head and Director of Research Training in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, where her role focuses on increasing research capacity in primary care. A mixed methods researcher, she assisted in the establishment of VicReN, the Victorian general practice based research and education network in 2007, and its subsequent development.

Prof Nigel Stocks
Head of the Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide

Nigel Stocks is Professor and Head of the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide. He is a general practitioner in the Adelaide Hills and public health physician who has directed the Australian Sentinel Research Practice Network (ASPREN) since 2004. ASPREN undertakes influenza and infectious disease surveillance across Australia with the help of over 300 GPs and practices. It provides important data for vaccine effectiveness estimates (used by the WHO. He is an experienced primary health care researcher who has conducted both qualitative and quantitative studies including RCT’s, cohort and observational studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. His main interests are chronic disease epidemiology and management in general practice, infectious disease surveillance, prevention and quality of life with an emphasis on clinical and health services research.

Dr Jane Crowe
MBBS Hons Masters GP Psych (Monash)

Jane has been a GP working in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs for over 30 years. Jane became a member of the VicREN in 2014 and joined the VicREN committee in March 2021. She enjoys being involved in GP and practice-based research projects.


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