Notre Dame Primary Health Care Research team wins national award

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 11-6-2008

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s General Practice and Primary Health Care Research team achieved national recognition for their work at the National General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference held in Hobart earlier this month.

The National Institute of Clinical Studies, an institute of the National Health and Medical Council and Australia’s peak body for supporting health and medical research, awarded the team the “Evidence into Action” prize. The prize is awarded at the annual conference for the paper or poster that best demonstrates improving health care by closing the gap between available evidence and current clinical practice, within Australian health care settings.

Research Program Coordinator for the Notre Dame team, Dr Diane Arnold-Reed said, “We are thrilled to receive this accolade for our presentation on the “Fremantle Primary Prevention Study- a cardiovascular risk factor reduction study”.

“This study is truly a co-operation between researchers, general practitioners, practice nurses and consumers. If it weren’t for this “team” approach we would not have able to recruit 1200 participants within a relatively short time and follow them up for 12 months”.

Associate Professor Tom Brett, Director of the Research Unit, said he was proud of the research team. “We have always been supportive of research practices and aware of the importance of the role of practice nurses in research. Without this support it would be difficult to translate research evidence into clinical practice,” he said.

The research team included: Notre Dame - Associate Professor Brett, Dr Arnold-Reed, Dr Dana Hince and Ms Michele Caneppele; Coolibah Medical Centre, Greenwood – Dr Frances Cadden and Ms Wendy Manea-Walley; Murray Medical Centre, Mandurah – Dr William Walker and Ms Noelene Mora and Mosman Park Medical Group – Ms Julie Young.

Findings from the study will be published later this year.

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