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
- General Practice Data & Linkage
- 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
General Practice Data & Linkage
We are leading Australian researchers in using routinely-collected general practice data to develop a robust evidence base to support targeted and priority-driven strategic research in primary health care. Our expertise in linking general practice data with other datasets has generated important insights on the patient journey and strategies to improve integration of care between primary and acute care and other health services.
Future data-driven research is to continue building links with the various layers of health services, and conduct collaborative research to improve health outcomes for patients and health system sustainability.
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.