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Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 - Sydney, Australia

21 October 2016

Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

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The GACD's 5th Annual Scientific Meeting took place in Sydney, Australia from 17-21 October 2016, with Australia's National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) serving as gracious hosts.

The week's programme was well attended, with 83 attendees present for the Annual Scientific Meeting component and 48 participants in the 3rd annual Implementation Science Workshop. The ASM was opened by Prof Sandra Eades - one of Australia's leading researchers in Aboriginal health and chronic diseases. 

Adaptations to this year’s ASM format included making provision for the presentation of project overviews from all Diabetes Research Programme projects, a few of the newly-granted Lung Diseases Programme projects, as well as presentations from Hypertension Programme teams that have reached or are nearing study closeout. 

Generally speaking, preliminary results from the hypertension projects that presented their findings indicated that the interventions were feasible and well accepted by health care providers, patients and their families. Policy makers at national and local levels gave support to the studies. Check out the Storify piece on this year's meeting here.

Implementation Science Workshop (ISW)

Facilitated once again by Brian Oldenburg, the ISW has evolved from an early-career researcher workshop, to a much more dynamic discussion around implementation science issues and the advancement of the field, amongst researchers from various levels of experience.

This year saw the inclusion of a roundtable discussion with senior policy- and decision makers from policy, practice and research organisations. One of the panel members was Prof Louisa Jorm - an Australian and international leader in research using large-scale linked health data, including hospital inpatient, mortality, Medicare and cohort study data.

Feedback from the participants suggested that hearing from the funding agency representatives was valuable in helping them understand the perspective of funders when considering grant applications. 

Site Visit

The week was punctuated with a well attended site visit to the medical facility at the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation. Those who participated were impressed with the corporation's attention to the unique contextual factors that influence the landscape of Aboriginal Australian healthcare.

GACD ASM Poster Competition

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The 2nd iteration of the GACD ASM Poster Competition was a success, offering entrants the chance to engage with ASM attendees and judges. 

First prize was claimed by Evon Okidi, outlining methods for handling missing covariate data. Samantha Sabo took second place, her poster detailing a study protocol for a cluster randomised control trial to reduce cardiovascular risk in a Mexican diabetic population. The People's Choice Award, decided by popular vote, was awarded to Natalie Leon (represented by the DM12 team). Her poster focused on a formative approach to developing and pre-testing a set of SMS text-messages for diabetes adherence support in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Read the press release here