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General Practices in the SNPHN region wanted for research study on new primary healthcare initiatives

Research subject heading: Understanding the challenges to implementing new primary healthcare initiatives in general practice, and the factors which promote or inhibit successful implementation, embedding, and integration of initiatives.

Researchers at The University of New South Wales, working with the Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN), are seeking volunteer research participants to examine general practice experiences of implementing primary healthcare initiatives and identifying factors needed for successful implementation and integration of interventions into routine work. The study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with a sample of general practices as they undertake new primary healthcare initiatives.

Would this research project be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if your practice is currently engaged in one of the following SNPHN primary healthcare initiatives:

  • Data quality improvement that has incentives attached to deliverables – using Pen CATPlus data extraction tool for quality improvement in the practice;
  • The Person Centred Medical Home program, designed to support practices to build capacity within the practice for team-based working; and
  • Practiced based chronic disease management, Wellnet program, including risk stratification and care coordination.

How to express interest
Please read and complete the Participant Information Statement/Registration Form below and email to research@snhn.org.au.

GPs wanted for injured workers social prescribing project

Primary & Community Care Services (PCCS) would like to invite Sydney GPs to participate in a pilot program on social prescribing.

The program aims to assess the impact of a social prescribing approach on the general health and wellbeing of injured workers, including their readiness to return to work. Eligible injured workers will participate in social groups and have direct access to link workers.

Funded by icare (Insurance & Care NSW), the program will link injured workers with non-medical sources of support within the community, addressing their needs during recovery.

It will run for six months from mid-2017 with potential implementation across relevant NSW workers compensation schemes.

Enquiries: If you’re interested in the program or for any further information, visit us at www.pccs.org.au, call PCCS on 9477 8700 or email plussocial@pccs.org.au.

Click here for project fact sheet.

Invitation to be part of NHMRC-funded OPAL study

OPAL is a randomised, placebo controlled study investigating the efficacy of short term treatment with a commonly used opioid (Targin) in acute low back or neck pain. The study is currently ongoing and the research team is looking for GPs to be involved in recruiting patients into the study until at least the end of 2017, with each GP recruiting at least 2 patients over this period.

If you participate, your role will be to:

  • Identify and screen patients who present with acute neck pain and/or back pain
  • Gain the patient’s informed consent or facilitate this process
  • Provide prescription of study medication and monitor your patient throughout the 6-week treatment period
  • Inform the study centre when a participant has been recruited

As an active clinician in the study you will:

  • Receive an honorarium for the time spent on study-related activities for each eligible
    participant enrolled
  • Receive regular evidence-based research information in the study area
  • Be supported by a dedicated study team on study-related activities

Click here for study description.
Click here for GP invitation letter/EOI.

Enquiries: If you’re interested in getting involved or for more information, please contact the OPAL Research Team on (02) 8052 4412 or opal@georgeinstitute.org.au

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Participants needed for a smokers’ study

The George Institute for Global Health is seeking participants for a clinical trial to determine whether early intervention with long acting bronchodilators, could slow down lung function decline in smokers who are at a high-risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Researchers are seeking current smokers aged 25 – 45, with over 10 pack years smoking history and normal lung function. We will offer smoking cessation. This study has Human Research Ethics approval, reference HREC/15/HAWKE/489. For information click on http://www.ANZCTR.org.au/ACTRN12616001208493.aspx.

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GP participation opportunity in University of Sydney research focus groups

Researchers at the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre at the University of Sydney are developing and validating a computerised clinical decision support system to be used during medication review for people with and without dementia.

Researchers are seeking General Practitioners with experience conducting medication reviews for people with and without dementia who would be willing to participate in a focus group or interview to contribute to the development of the new software. Eligible participants will be involved in two 1-hour focus group or interview sessions during the development of the software

Enquiries: If you are interested in participating in this important research, contact Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell at lisa.kouladjian@sydney.edu.au or (02) 9926 4934 for a copy of the participant information sheet and other details.

For more information, click here.

GP participation opportunity in University of New England study

The University of New England is undertaking some research which looks at understanding General Practitioners’ experience and difficulties in treating psychological injuries in NSW under WorkCover and CTP.

The researchers are aiming to interview between 6-8 GPs and offer an honorarium of $250. Each confidential interview would take between 45-60 minutes and can be undertaken face to face or via teleconference. If the GP is based in Sydney, the researcher will come and meet with them at a time convenient to the GP.

The title of the research is Evidence-based practice used by psychologists treating secondary psychological injuries within the State Insurance Regulatory Authority governed frameworks (i.e. Workers Compensation Insurance and Motor Accidents Compulsory Third Party Insurance).

The aims of the research are:

  • to identify barriers to psychologist’s use of evidence based practice;
  • to propose strategies to overcome these barriers; and
  • to explore whether client characteristics may impact psychologist practice and treatment of psychological injuries.

Click here for the information sheet.

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