Our Research and Evaluation Unit has been successful in securing grant funding for a number of research projects.
Explore our 2020-2021 Research and Evaluation Report
RACGP Education Research Grants
This project will establish the content of CTVs in different Australian GP training regions across different CTV modalities. It will also explore registrars’ and CTV visitors’ perceptions of the educational utility of CTVs. Grant duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 March 2021.
This project is using qualitative and quantitative methods to explore registrars’, supervisors’, and medical educators’ perceptions of ReCEnT’s utility as an educational reflective tool. Grant duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 March 2021.
This project will involve the construction of an index of questionable clinical activities based on the National Prescribing Service MedicineWise ‘5 things clinicians and consumers should question’ campaign recommendations. The registrar-, practice-, and patient-level associations of registrars’ scores on the index will then be explored. Grant duration: 1 January – 31 December 2021.
The project aims to establish characteristics of early-career GPs’ clinical practice; associations of these characteristics, including associations with GP vocational training experiences; and early-career GPs’ perceptions of utility for post-fellowship practice of training experiences.
The project is being led by Prof Parker Magin. Other members of the team are Dr Kristen FitzGerald, Prof Neil Spike, Prof Mieke van Driel, Dr Alison Fielding, Dr Andrew Davey, Assoc Prof Elizabeth Holliday and Ms Amanda Tapley. Grant duration: 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019.
The goal of the project is to explore the experiences of mentors and mentees in a statewide GP registrar mentorship program for the purposes of improving the GP training experience and growing the evidence base for mentoring.
The study is being led by Dr Linda Klein. Other members of the team are Dr Alison Fielding, Prof Parker Magin, Prof Mieke van Driel, Dr Sara Yusef, Dr Angalie Abraham and Ms Sue Hefren. Grant duration: 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019.
The goal of the project is to design, deliver and evaluate an educational intervention on rational deprescribing. The educational intervention will provide registrars with the skills to critically review older patients’ (patients aged 65 and older) medication regimens using an approach that will facilitate deprescribing of potentially inappropriate medications in the elderly if, in the particular patient, they are more likely to cause harm than benefit.
The project is being led by Prof Parker Magin. Other members of the team are Prof Sarah Hilmer, Prof Mieke van Driel, Prof Billie Bonevski, Assoc Prof Elizabeth Holliday, Assoc Prof Chris Etherton-Beer, Ms Amanda Tapley, Prof Neil Spike, Dr Andrew Davey and Dr Linda Klein. Grant duration: 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2018.
The goal of this project is to decrease registrars’ inappropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines and related drugs (hereafter ‘benzodiazepines’). Previous ReCEnT study analyses suggest registrar benzodiazepine-prescribing, while probably less than that of established GPs, is still greater than recommended by evidence-based guidelines. Results of our previous ReCEnT cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses (establishing circumstances and associations of registrars’ benzodiazepine-prescribing), our literature reviews, and consultations with experts in drug and alcohol medicine and behaviour-change science has informed the construction and assessment of a behaviour-based educational intervention.
The project is being led by Prof Parker Magin and Dr Simon Holliday. Other members of the team are Prof Mieke van Driel, Prof Billie Bonevski, Professor Adrian Dunlop, Assoc Prof Elizabeth Holliday, Ms Amanda Tapley, Prof Neil Spike and Dr Andrew Davey. Grant duration: 1 August 2017 – 31 July 2018.
RACGP Foundation Indigenous Health Award
This project will investigate the impact on professional and personal development of graduates of the GP Synergy supported Diploma of Practice Management for Aboriginal Medical Services. The nationally-recognised diploma is now in its fifth year and more than 70 staff of Aboriginal medical services have graduated from the course. Grant duration: 1 July 2019 – 30 September 2021.
Family Medical Care Education and Research (FMCER) RACGP Research Grant
The aim of this research is to explore the use of delayed prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections (that is, when the doctor gives the patient a prescription with advice to not use it unless symptoms worsen or improvement does not occur by a certain time).
The study methodology is a qualitative study employing thematic analysis. Study participants will be Australian general practice registrars and supervisors. Participants will be asked to complete a telephone semi-structured interview regarding their experience and perceptions of delayed prescribing of antibiotics.
The study is being led by Dr Anthea Dallas, University of Tasmania. This research is a continuation of her work with our team following her academic term as a GP registrar with North Coast General Practice Training. Other members of the team are Prof Parker Magin, Prof Mieke van Driel, Dr Andrew Davey, Prof Paul Glasziou and Prof Josh Davis. Grant duration: 1 September 2017 – 30 November 2018.