Visiting Fellowship Announcements

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11 October 2017

Radboud University Medical Centre International Visiting Fellowship Announcement

Congratulations to Nick Elmitt who was awarded the 2018 ANU/AUGP Radboudumc International Visiting Fellowship to conduct the project “Exploring formal and informal communication channels between primary health care and public health in obesity management: A mixed-methods study”. This project will allow Nick to combine two significant areas of interest – obesity management in primary care and informal communication in health – into one study. The aim is to identify formal and informal channels of communication between public health workers and primary health care clinicians and explore the influence each has on the field of obesity management. Nick will combine social network analysis and interviews to find out how much of the communication is informal, who leads the discussion, and identify enablers and barriers to more effective communication. Nick leaves Australia in March to embark on his studies.

Robert Graham Centre International Visiting Fellowship Announcement

The 2018 Robert Graham Centre (RGC, Washington DC) International Visiting Fellowships award has been made to Dr Deborah Russell.

Dr Russell is an early career GP researcher at the School of Rural Health, Monash University with a background of 10 years’ experience in general practice, predominantly in the private sector in Bendigo. She completed a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology (2011) and was awarded a PhD in 2014 through her work in the APHCRI-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Rural and Remote Health. Concurrently, she has worked at developing and enhancing practical research skills at the School of Rural Health.

Dr Russell will answer the research question, “What is the impact of undertaking graduate medical education in rural areas on subsequent rural practice by board certified primary care physicians?” Her visit to the RGC will include attendance at the 46th National American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. She will also visit Grand Forks, North Dakota, to meet with Dr David Schmitz to learn more about the Community Apgar Questionnaire, a tool to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of rural communities in attracting and retaining primary care providers; and Athens, Ohio, to meet with Prof Randall Longenecker to discuss rural and underserved programs.

Dr Russell will be departing Australia in November 2018.