Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs)

What is a PBRN and what are the benefits of participating?

A PBRN is a network of primary care practitioners that collaborate to identify and explore research questions relevant to their work and the community they serve, with the aim of creating new knowledge that can be translated into practice (Source: Pearce K, et al. How and why to study the practice content of a practice-based research network. Annals of Family Medicine 2004 2(5):425-28). PBRNs produce evidence that not only enhances clinical practice but can also support policy to underpin best practice (Source: Prof Meredith Temple-Smith, RACGP PBRN Webinar, 29 April 2021).

Active Australian PBRNs include:

ASPREN (Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network)
University of Adelaide

Prof Nigel Stocks

 ASPREN Coordinator:
tel: (08) 8313 3463 or fax 08 8313 3511

Australian National University

Prof Kirsty Douglas or Dr Katelyn  Barnes

GoldNet Research
Bond University and Griffith University

Prof Nick Zwar

Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN)
University of Wollongong


Monash Research Network (MonRen)
Monash University


MonReN  is a Practice-Based Research Network (MonReN) providing formal collaborations between clinicians in general practice, consumers, policy makers and academics that are dedicated to working together on relevant research questions to translate new knowledge into practice. 

This peer-to-peer PBRN supports general practice to engage in research and education to improve health outcomes.

Our Vision
Our vision is for MonReN to be nationally and internationally recognised as a leading practice based research network engaging in high quality academic endeavour that improves patient health outcomes and advances the discipline of general practice.

Our Mission
Improving patient outcomes through partnership with practices in our region

MonReN seeks to:
Build capacity in general practice
Facilitate peer connection and networking
Support self-improvement and learning amongst participants
Develop a culture of quality improvement in general practice
Drive innovation and excellence in general practice research and education

Network of Research General Practice (NRGP)
The University of Newcastle
Prof Dimity Pond

New England GP Research Network
University of New England

The New England General Practice Research Network (NEGPRN) is a practice-based research network in the New England and North West region of NSW. The NEGPRN is funded by NSW Regional Health Partners in collaboration with the University of New England and University of Newcastle.

Assoc/ Professor Michelle Guppy
(02) 6773 3579

Catherine Brabrook (Network Coordinator)
(02) 6773 4463

North Queensland Practice-Based Research Network
James Cook University

Northern Tasmania General Practice Based Research Network
University of Tasmania

Anne Todd (Facilitator)

Prof Jan Radford (Lead)

UNSW electronic Practice-Based Research Network
University of New South  Wales

Dr Jitendra Jonnagaddala

University of Queensland GP Research


UQGP Research is a practice-based research network supported by The University of Queensland enabling general practices and university- based researchers to work together building the evidence base to improve primary care for all.

Victorian Primary Care Research and Education Network
University of Melbourne


VicREN, established in 2007, is a practice-based research network (PBRN) managed by the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne that enables collaboration between community-based health care practices, community members and academic institutions in advancing the evidence base of primary health care. 

Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4)
University of Melbourne

General Practice Teaching and Research Network 
Western Sydney University 


Western Sydney University Department of General Practice supports a network of GP Supervisors mostly based in the Western Sydney region. We are keen to promote and support research through this network and to hear from GPs who are interested in joining. Our research interests and experience are described at: Western Sydney University.

WA General Practice Based Research Network Group (WAGPBRN) 
The University of Notre Dame, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and the Rural Clinical School

Contact: A/Prof Lucy Gilkes


The WAGPRN consists of a group of Western Australian Health professionals and academics working in general practice or the field of general practice based research in Western Australia.

The WAGPBRN aims to utilise the strengths and capabilities of individual members to build the capacity and capability of General Practice based research in Western Australia by developing relevant research questions, working together on study design and conduct, and translating new knowledge into practice.

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Flinders General Practice Teaching and Research Network (FGPTRN)

Contact: Professor Richard Reed: 

The Flinders General Practice Teaching and Research Network (FGPTRN) comprises approximately 50 General Practices currently participating as community partners in the teaching and research activities of the Discipline. The FGPTRN network includes practices based in urban, outer-metro and rural communities of South Australia. The network has been critical to the successful implementation of several high-quality general practice research studies. Examples of completed projects include (a) Randomised Controlled Trial of the Flinders Chronic Disease Self-management program in elderly patients funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health; (b) The Flinders Quality Enhanced general practice Services Trial (QUEST) funded by the RACGP to test the impact of several enhanced general practice services on health outcomes and health service usage for people at high risk of poor health outcomes; (c) The Adelaide Primary Health Network project which provided support to 15 general practices to improve chronic condition management utilising the Patient Centred Medical Home (PCMH) model.

Current projects in 2023 include a NHMRC partnership grant to conduct a RCT of non-pharmacological treatments for sleep problems in 20 general practices with 600 patients. The Discipline welcomes expressions of interest from General Practices and GP researchers that wish to consider becoming involved in our research and / or teaching program.