Start date: 13th Mar 2014

End date: 13th Mar 2014

Duration: 1 day

Who: Dr Judith Smith, Director of Policy, the Nuffield Trust, London UK, Prof Danielle Mazza from the Department of General Practice, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University and Dr Bianca Brijnath, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Public Health Fellow in the Department of General Practice, Monash University

When: Thursday 13 March 2014

The 21st century patient presents unique challenges to general medical practitioners in developed countries. Demand for consultations is on the increase, people are living longer with a range of complex conditions, chronic disease as a result of lifestyle factors is widespread, safe and effective return to work after injury or illness can be difficult for GPs to coordinate and the health professional workforce is under pressure to keep pace.

Traditionally considered the cornerstone of the health system and gatekeeper to specialist health services, how can general practice continue to coordinate our increasingly complex care needs across different sectors while responding to the question 'how do we develop better integrated care?'

Dr Judith Smith

Dr Judith Smith

General practice – is it fit for the needs of 21st century patients and populations?

In this seminar Dr Judith Smith will examine how general practice might operate at greater scale (for example within local primary care networks or federations, or in expanded 'super-partnerships' or community health groups) and also how it can assume a stronger population health perspective whereby it takes a proactive responsibility for the wider health of its members.

Dr Smith will draw on research from the UK, New Zealand (where she lived and worked from 2007-2009), and other countries in setting out her analysis. She has worked in health services research for 20 years, focusing on the organisation and management of primary care, health purchasing and commissioning, and the evaluation of new forms of care delivery. She works at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable health research foundation in London. Prior to moving there in 2009 she worked at Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Birmingham. Dr Judith Smith's presentation

Prof Danielle Mazza

Prof Danielle Mazza and Dr Bianca Brijnath

Australian perspectives on the GPs role in return to work: results of recent research

Professor Danielle Mazza is currently the Head of Department of General Practice at Monash University and the Scientific Director of the MAGNET research platform. She leads a program of translational research focused on guideline development and implementation in general practice, cancer, return to work following compensable injury and women's health – research areas that are well aligned with current Australian policy priorities and health care reforms.

During the course of her career, Prof Mazza has acquired more than $3 million in competitive funding as a Chief Investigator and has 57 publications in international and national refereed journals (38 as first-author). In 2007, Prof Mazza was awarded a National Institute of Clinical Studies (NHMRC) – Health Contribution Fund Foundation Fellowship. 

Dr Bianca Brijnath

Dr Bianca Brijnath is a NHMRC Early Career Public Health Fellow in the Department of General Practice. Her research interest is in cross-cultural meanings of mental health and care and her methods expertise is in qualitative research. Her disciplinary background is in medical anthropology, public health and primary health care. Over the past three years Danielle and Bianca have collaborated on a number of studies exploring the role of GPs and compensable injury including on the role of GPs and RTW, education and training needs of GPs in the management of road traffic crash injuries and evaluation of the new certificate of capacity.  Prof Danielle Mazza and Dr Bianca Brijnath's presentation