The Department of General Practice is a recognised leader in general practice research and clinical trials. We are committed to being at the forefront of the development of evidence-based best-practice primary care and advocating for policy-making based on our findings. Our work focusses on four main research themes as follows:
- 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
Patients with chronic diseases, including complex multi-morbidities, are common in general practice. Our research into this topic takes a whole of life approach, with studies focused on a range of chronic and complex conditions that affect patients with varying life circumstances. Our ongoing projects address topics such as:
- Management of alcohol over-use
- Management of obesity
- Mental-health injury at work
- Organisation of primary care
- Investigation, diagnosis and management of cancer
- Mental health of carers of residents in aged care facilities
Guideline Development and Implementation in Primary Care
Many factors influence the implementation of clinical guidelines in practice. Our 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 improve the implementation of clinical guidelines in general practice.
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 continually build and translate the evidence-base to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable communities. Our research focuses 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 clinicians 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.