Primary Care and Health Services Research Group
The Primary Care and Health Services Research Group conducts clinical trials, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies and qualitative research to generate new knowledge and inform health policy.
One of the significant areas we research is the use of quality-of-life as a subjective indicator of health status, among patients with chronic disease in Australian general practice.
We use data from the National Prescribing Service (MedicineInsight) that collects information from the electronic health records of approximately 600 Australian general practices with over 2500 GPs and more than 3.5 million patients of all ages. We are currently exploring areas related to musculoskeletal health (including vitamin D testing), primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, respiratory health and influenza, sleep disorder assessment and management, immunisation and child health.
The Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network (ASPREN), funded by the Department of Health (Office of Health Protection), is the only national primary care influenza surveillance network in Australia. It provides the Federal Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) with annual influenza vaccine effectiveness to decide which vaccines will be used in the following winter. ASPREN is an essential part of infectious disease surveillance and pandemic preparedness in Australia.
We have a strong interest in preventive health care including health checks, improving preventive health care and the development of practice based systems to assist GPs and patients to access and use quality health care.
Professor Nigel Stocks
Professor Nigel Stocks is Head of the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, past Deputy Head of the School of Population Health and was a holder of a Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Senior Principal Research Fellowship from 2007-2010. His research interests include cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health in clinical and health services research—as well as Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL), primary and secondary prevention, patient health literacy and risk perception that might explain the ‘treatment gap’ in the management of chronic disease.
Research team Role Dr David Gonzalez-Chica Researcher Dr Oliver Frank Researcher Dr Elizabeth Hoon Researcher Dr Carla De Oliveira Bernardo Researcher Daniel Blakeley Research support (ASPREN /ASPREE/Help-GP) Monique Chilver Research support (ASPREN /ASPREE/Help-GP) Keren Stuart Research support (ASPREN /ASPREE/Help-GP) Carmel McNamara Research support (ASPREN /ASPREE/Help-GP) Michael Chalk Research support (Adelaide UniCare) Paul Williams Research support (Adelaide UniCare) Monique Chilver PhD student Jackie Roseleur PhD student Julie Klau PhD student Mingyue Zheng PhD student Sean Patrick Black-Tiong GP registrar Alexandra Githa Guha Barret GP registrar
Researchers collaborate on several NHMRC funded Centres for Research Excellence:
- Innovative Models Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation (IMPACT)
- Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Diseases Emergencies (APPRISE)
- EMPOWER: Health Systems, Adversity and Child Wellbeing Centre of Research Excellence, led by Professor John Lynch, the BetterStart Research Group at the University of Adelaide
- National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research
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