The Department of General Practice is renowned for its research programs. With a commitment to being at the forefront of the development of evidence-based best-practice primary care and advocating for policy-making based on our findings, we specialise in research in the following subject areas:
- Prevention and Management of Chronic and Complex Conditions
- Guideline Development and Implementation in Primary Care
- Vulnerable Populations
- Women’s Health
Prevention and Management of Chronic and Complex Conditions
This theme takes a whole of life approach to managing chronic and complex illness and acknowledges the importance of work in health and wellbeing. A whole of life approach to managing chronic and complex illness encompasses this theme. It acknowledges the importance of work in health and wellbeing, as well as work within practice and other clinical settings. Work in this cross cutting area reflects our use of data Linkage and our focus on the needs of vulnerable populations. Areas of expertise and special focus are:
- Compensable injury
- Primary Care Aspects of Cancer
- Organisation of Primary Care
- Guideline Development and Implementation
Guideline Development and Implementation in Primary Care
Many factors influence the implementation of clinical guidelines in practice. Our broad expertise in clinical practise, guideline development and guideline implementation, along with our established engagement with policy influencers, enable us to conduct policy- and practice-relevant research to understand how the implementation of clinical guidelines in general practice can be improved.
Our research program includes developing clinical guidelines, evaluating guideline implementation strategies and refining guideline development methods in general practice on a range of topics across mental health, prescribing patterns, preventive health and more.
We continuously build and translate the evidence-base to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable communities. We focus on several key groups including migrants and refugees, rural and remote communities, people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and those with mental health conditions. We use innovative, person-centred research designs to generate responsive findings that shape health policy and services.
Australia’s 35,000 GPs and primary care more broadly are integral to improving access to high quality evidence based sexual and reproductive health services for Australian women. Our research is focused on assisting women to achieve their reproductive life goals by closing the profound evidence practice gaps and ending the siloed delivery that exists in the primary care provision of preconception care, contraception and abortion.