General Practice Unit

The academic General Practice Unit is a teaching practice of the UNSW Australia School of Public Health and Community Medicine and South West Sydney Local Health District. Our Unit is an integral part of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) and works very closely with the UNSW Centre for Health Informatics and Australian Institute of Health Innovation and the Asia Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre.

Our research and evaluation activities are focused on the systematic and integrated care of high prevalence chronic illness, prevention and management of chronic disease risk factors, health services research and health systems with a focus on information systems and eHealth.

The priority areas of the Unit include chronic disease management with a focus on diabetes, CVD and asthma/COPD and multidisciplinary primary care with a focus on the practice nurse. Other core areas include Aboriginal health and new strategies for routinely collected electronic data in general practice and community-based clinical services for research purposes.

The Unit also hosts the UNSW Primary Health Care Research Network (PHReNet), a membership which consists of more than 50 GPs and approximately 200 other health researchers from community, nursing and allied health professionals. The electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN) project was established to take PHReNet into the electronic age. This ePBRN of people, organisations and information systems will enable the efficient support of our research program in integrated health services research, clinical translational research, clinical trials, cohort studies, association studies and longitudinal studies in the context of high prevalence chronic diseases. In addition, the ePBRN will also support teaching at all levels with the ability to conduct patient audits.

Group Leader:
Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw
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