Improving Health Through GP Research – Royal Australian College Of GPs

February 2, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Research Foundation is offering 11 research grants in 2009 and is encouraging new and emerging general practice researchers to apply for the funding.

This year the Research Foundation will offer up to $120,000 to college members to enhance general practice research capacity. Awards are valued between $2,500 -$20,000 and will be available in the fields of family health care, road safety, integrative medicine, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and more.

Applications for RACGP Research Foundation Grants open on Tuesday 9 February 2009 and close by the end of business (5pm EST) on Wednesday 15 April 2009. Information on applying for grants and the RACGP Research Foundation is available at

“The RACGP strongly believes in the value of research in general practice. Our college is keen to promote the achievements of general practitioner researchers; their work has real world benefits resulting in enhanced quality of care for our community. GP researchers make a positive and lasting contribution to Australian general practice and our patients,” said Dr Chris Mitchell, RACGP President, and GP in Northern NSW.

“Australia needs to dramatically lift its expenditure on primary care research and the RACGP Research Foundation plays a key role in facilitating this.

“Only a few studies currently answer the challenges that face general practitioners during their consultations and the RACGP hopes these grants will stimulate much needed research and encourage further investment in this important area.

“GP researchers challenge perceptions: this type of work isn’t always done by someone in a white coat in a laboratory. Some of the most important work in Australian medical research is being undertaken by your local general practitioner, we’re proud of that and want to celebrate it,” said Dr Mitchell.

The following grants are available in 2009:

– Three RACGP/Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) Research Fellowships – up to $20,000 each

– One RACGP Chris Silagy Research Scholarship – up to $20,000

– Two RACGP Family Medical Care, Education and Research (FMCER) Grants – up to $10,000 each

– Three RACGP/Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) Indigenous Health Award – up to $4,500 each

– One RACGP PWH Grieve Memorial Award – up to $2,500

– One RACGP Rex Walpole Travelling Fellowship – up to $2,500

– One Vicki Kotsirilos Integrative Medicine Research Scholarship – up to $2,500

To find out more about the role of the RACGP in general practice research, as well as inspiring profiles of some of the doctors whose work has been supported by the RACGP Research Foundation, you can download the booklet Making a difference: General practice research – our patients, our communities, our future by visiting

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is responsible for maintaining standards for quality clinical practice, education and training, and research in Australian general practice. The RACGP has the largest general practitioner membership of any medical organisation in Australia and represents the majority of Australia’s general practitioners.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners



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