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Generating, managing and sharing information and knowledge about Australian primary health care
Generating, managing and sharing information and knowledge about Australian primary health care

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PHCRIS is in a state of transition.

Since 1995, PHCRIS has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to undertake a broad range of activities related to synthesising and sharing research evidence and engaging with primary health care researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and consumers to facilitate knowledge exchange. This core funding will cease at the end of 2016.

From 2017, some elements of PHCRIS will continue, with support from Flinders University. A smaller team will be managed under the ongoing leadership of Professor Richard Reed as Director.

While the search for additional funding continues, it is anticipated that the PHCRIS website will remain freely available, albeit more streamlined. Communication with the primary health care community is expected to continue through an electronic newsletter, which will transition from weekly to fortnightly from January 2017. Flinders University will host the annual PHC Research Conference, which will be held in Brisbane, 7–9 August 2017.

The PHCRIS staff would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and colleagues in the primary health care community for their support over the past two decades. While many of the current staff will be moving on at the end of 2016, we hope that you will continue to engage with PHCRIS through the website, newsletter and conference.

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To mark World Diabetes Day 2016 (14 November) and release of the Diabetes Australia inaugural Diabetes – the “State of the Nation” Report we take a look at new research that challenges our thinking. #ThisWeekinPHC

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The most important value in health care is survival or recovery. For many patients the use of antibiotics is crucial to that outcome.

Next week is Antibiotic Awareness Week, and to mark this we take a look at an example of recommendations and evidence on antibiotic use in Australia.

#ThisWeekinPHC

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Are you working in a PHN? Or perhaps you are a health professional managing a project or a program? You might be new to qualitative research.

Do you want to understand what people think about the quality of your service to help guide your decision-making?

Focus groups and in-depth interviews are well recognised and valid methods for obtaining qualitative evidence.

#ThisWeekinPHC

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The University of Sydney invites GPs practising in Australia to participate in an online survey about antibiotic use and resistance. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous and confidential. Complete the survey for a chance to win an iPad. #ThisWeekinPHC

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Primary health care research strives for high-quality, priority-driven research to inform policy and practice, but this requires a robust and sustainable workforce. This Australian study investigated characteristics, experiences and career paths of the primary health care research workforce. With data collected from former Research Higher Degree students from university departments of general practice and rural health, analyses compared those who had stayed and those who had left the workforce. The study raises challenges currently faced by primary health care researchers and provides evidence to inform future strategies for supporting the sustainability of this workforce.

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In March 2015, Cochrane Consumers and Communication (based at La Trobe University) commenced an extensive consultation with consumers, carers, health professionals, policy makers and research funders. They wanted to identify research priorities in health communication and participation. From this they selected five priority Cochrane Review topics.

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Technology in diabetes management is often thought of in terms of:
- apps for smartphones and computers to log blood sugar and diet
- glucose monitors (based on finger prick blood sampling)
- continuous insulin pumps.

But, there are many other ways that technology is helping to manage diabetes. #ThisWeekinPHC

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Congratulations to the two inspiring programs that have taken out awards at the inaugural North Coast Primary Health Care Excellence Awards hosted by North Coast Primary Health Network.

These awards are a national first for Primary Health Networks.

Receiving the awards were a weekly GP clinic established in a Lismore soup kitchen and a program to identify Indigenous patients with chronic kidney disease at a Tweed Heads general practice.

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Is there a role for research in assisting the work of the PHNs and, if so, how might this work in practice?

These questions were put to four key stakeholders in the recent primary health care reforms which included the establishment of the 31 PHNs: Mark Booth (Commonwealth Department of Health); Leanne Wells (Consumer Health Forum of Australia); Claire Jackson (University of Queensland); Jason Trethowan (Western Victoria PHN).

As the brief film clip shows, each of these key stakeholders sees a crucial role for research in supporting the work of the PHNs, both in carrying out their day to day functions and in meeting their overall objectives.

http://www.phcris.org.au/news/newsfeed/2016/september/phnvideo.php
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