RACGP Foundation grant and award recipients

The RACGP congratulates the successful recipients of the RACGP research grants and awards.

The RACGP Foundation has been awarding grants, awards and scholarships for more than 50 years, and would like to thank our funding partners joining us in investing in GPs and GP registrars to build research evidence.


Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (TGL) / RACGP Foundation Research Grant

2021 – Dr Jacqueline Frayne, Dr Thinh Nguyen and Mrs Tamara Lebedevs. Project title - GPs’ knowledge, utilisation of resources and guidelines in understanding prescribing issues with psychotropic medication use in pregnancy and breastfeeding: a mixed methods study. ($69,793.00)

2020 – Prof Lisa Amir, Dr Luke Grzeskowiak, Dr Sharinne Crawford and Dr Meabh Cullinane. Project title - Understanding antibiotic prescribing for mastitis in breastfeeding women: a mixed method study. ($45,000) 

2020 – Dr Mina Bakhit, Prof Tammy Hoffmann and Prof Chris Del Mar. Project title - Evaluating the usability and effectiveness of Therapeutic Guidelines’ additional features on antibiotic prescribing for acute infections in general practice. ($38,360) 

2019 – A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Dr Ruby Biezen, Ms Rachel Ball, Dr Malcolm Clark and A/Prof Kirsty Buising. Project title – Guidance GP: A new quality improvement activity for antibiotic prescribing in general practice. ($80,246.80) 

2019 – Prof Nigel Stocks, Dr Samuel Whittle, Dr Robyn Clay-Williams and Prof Rachelle Buchbinder. Project title – Use of Osteoarthritis Guidelines in General Practice: An Analysis of Work-as-Done Using the Functional Resonance Analysis Method. ($19,968) 

2018 – Prof Mieke van Driel, Dr Laura Deckx, Prof Bogda Koczwara, Prof Paul Glasziou, Prof Marjan van den Akker and Prof Danielle Mazza. Project title - A toolkit that summarizes clinical guidelines for people with multimorbidity. ($71,163.34)


Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) / RACGP Foundation Research Grant

2020 – A/Prof Katharine Wallis, Dr Geoffrey Spurling, Dr James Matthews, Dr Theresa Scott, Dr Rory Melville and Dr Kim Jackson. Project title - The 3-Domains toolkit for assessing older drivers: pilot study in general practices and validation study in driving assessment clinic. ($100,000) 

2019 – Dr Sean Black-Tiong, Dr Carla Bernardo, Dr David Gonzalez-Chica, Dr Oliver Frank and Dr Elizabeth Hoon. Project title – General Practice management of physical and psychological trauma resulting from road traffic accidents, 2011-18. ($99,189) 


HCF Research Foundation / RACGP Foundation COVID-19 Research Grant

2020 – Dr Danielle Butler, A/Prof Rosemary Korda, Prof Kirsty Douglas and Dr Grace Joshy. Project title - The effect of COVID-19 and the introduction of temporary telehealth items on use and costs of GP services: a whole-of-population linked data study. ($50,000) 

2020 – Prof Danielle Mazza, Dr Asvini Subasinghe, Dr Natalie Amos, Dr Dan Epstein and Dr Pallavi Prathivadi. Project title - Prioritising essential clinical services (ECS) in general practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: an evaluation of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) guidance for the Australian context. ($50,000) 


RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant

2021 – Prof Mark Nelson, Prof John McNeil, Prof Andrew Tonkin, Prof Christopher Reid, A/Prof Robyn Woods and Dr Zhen Zhou. Project title - Understanding the impact of serum lipid profiles on disability-free survival, cardiovascular disease, and other major geriatric-related diseases in the healthy elderly. ($57,511.00)

2021 – Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss, A/Prof Lauren Ball, Prof Lauren Williams, Dr Pallavi Prathivadi, Dr Jenny Advocat and Prof Alex Clark. Project title - Change talk - supporting high quality behaviour change in general practice. ($59,887.00)

2020 – Dr Katrina Giskes, Prof Benjamin Freedman, A/Prof Charlotte Hespe, Dr Nicole Lowres, A/Prof Ruth Webster Ms Jessica Orchard and Ms Jailin Li. Project title - AF TRENDS- Atrial fibrillation treatment, recommendations, electronic decision support and screening. ($59,737) 

2020 – Prof Simon Willcock, Dr Claudia Rutherford, Prof Kate White, Dr Marguerite Tracy, Dr Janani Mahadeva and Mrs Julie Marker. Project title - Transition from acute to primary health care for early colorectal cancer survivors: using mixed methods to establish primary care providers opinions and current practices for managing symptoms and functions in the community. ($59,061) 

2019 – Dr Katrina Giskes, Prof Benjamin Freedman, A/Prof Charlotte Hespe, Dr Nicole Lowres and Dr Ruth Webster. Project title – AF SELF SMART- Atrial Fibrillation Self-Screening, Management And Guideline Recommended Therapy. ($59,760) 

2019 – Dr Matthew Grant, Prof Jon Emery, Prof Jennifer Philip, Dr Anna Collins, Prof Vijaya Sundararajan and A/Prof Joel Rhee. Project title – Establishing patterns of primary care usage at the end of life in cancer: using indicators of quality end of life care in linked administrative data. ($59,949)

2019 – Dr Oliver Frank, Dr David Gonzalez and Dr Carla Bernardo. Project title – Increasing immunisation in general practice invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza in people under 65 years old whose chronic conditions put them at higher risk of and from these infections. ($56,859) 

2018Prof Lyndal Trevena, Dr Christopher Harrison, Dr Julie Gordon, Dr Carissa Bonner, A/Prof Simon Poon and Ms Niku Gorji. Project title - OCEAn - NETs (Occasions of care explained and analysed - Nominated Extra Topics) ($59,906.93)

2018 A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, A/Prof Michelle Dowsey, Dr Panagiota Chondros, Ms Sharmala Thuraisingam, Prof Peter Choong and Prof Jane Gunn. Project title - Developing a prediction model for total knee replacement surgery for people with osteoarthritis in general practice. ($58,570.59)


RACGP Foundation / Diabetes Australia Research Grant

2021 – Dr Soumya Soumya, Dr Habiba Jahan, Miss Mingyue Zheng, A/Prof David Gonzalez-Chica, Prof Nigel Stocks and Dr Carla Bernardo. Project title - Do patients with pre-diabetes managed with Metformin achieve better glycaemic control? A national study using general practice data. ($57,261.00)

2020 – Dr Rita McMorrow, A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Dr Barbara Hunter, Dr Christel Hendrieckx, Prof Jane Speight and Dr Nana Hempler. Project title - Assessing and addressing diabetes distress in Australian general practice: a mixed method exploratory study of current practice. ($59,982) 

2019 – Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss, Prof Alexander Clark, Dr Lauren Ball, Dr Pallavi Prathivadi and Prof Lauren Williams. Project title – Improving Type 2 diabetes management in general practice: A realist evaluation of the 5As framework. ($60,000)

2018 – Prof Tania Winzenberg, Dr Emily Hansen, Dr Verity Cleland, A/Prof Emma Warnecke and Ms Aroub Lahham. Project title - Understanding the perspectives of general practitioners regarding sedentary behaviour management in primary care: a qualitative study. ($54,977.16)


RACGP Foundation Harry Nespolon Grant

2021 – A/Prof Jill Benson, Dr Penny Need and Mr Shaun Prentice. Project title - Finding meaning through diversity – exploring the role of career and job diversity in GPs’ wellbeing. ($59,187.00)


RACGP Foundation / BOQ Specialist Research Grant

2020 – Clinical A/Prof Sanjyot Vagholkar, Dr Janani Mahadeva, A/Prof Melissa Kang and Ms Yang Xiang. Project title - A GP-Practice nurse team-based model providing sexual and reproductive health care for Mandarin-speaking university students. ($19,937.92) 

2019 A/Prof Gillian Gould, Miss Tabassum Rahman, Dr Michelle Bovill and Prof Amanda Baker. Project title – Step towards incorporating smoking relapse prevention in smoking cessation care for Indigenous Australian women: Detecting predictors and drivers of relapse in the women of reproductive age and exploring their quitting experience. ($20,000) 

2018 – Dr Karyn Alexander and Prof Danielle Mazza. Project title - Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) in general practice: a feasibility study of preventive health for young children. ($20,000)


RACGP Foundation / ANEDGP Innovation Research Grant

2021 – Dr Stephanie Daly and Dr Patrick Daly. Project title - Timely Diagnosis of Dementia in Primary Care - improving your practice performance. ($20,000.00)

2020 – Dr Cate Howell, Dr Neil Jensen, Dr Gemma Skaczkowski, Dr Kate Gunn and Prof Deborah Turnbull. Project title - Bridging the gap between primary care and mental health professionals: Scoping review to inform the development of an e-mental health solution. ($20,000) 


RACGP Foundation Family Medical Care Education and Research Grant

2021 – Dr Hayley Thomas, Dr Johanna Lynch, Dr Nancy Sturman, Dr Lauren Ball and Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss. Project title - Exploring Security in the GP-Patient Relationship: A Qualitative Study. ($20,000.00)

2021 – Dr Kylie Vuong, Dr Kerry Uebel, Marie Agaliotis, Dr Sundresan Naicker, Dr Alexandra Hawkey and Mr Christopher Chan. Project title - Building mutual trust in general practice. ($19,555.00)

2020 – Dr Marguerite Tracy, Prof Lyndal Trevena and Dr Heather Shepherd. Project title - Patient journeys to health information and the role of question prompt lists – a longitudinal qualitative study. ($20,000) 

2020 – Dr Bianca Perera, Dr Chris Barton and Dr Christian Osadnik. Project title - Enhancing care of patients by effective general practice follow up after an acute exacerbation of COPD. ($16,750) 

2019 – Dr Hilary Gorges, Dr Leanne Hall and Prof Clare Heal. Project title – Comparison of topical antibiotics with topical antiseptics and inert ointment for treatment of impetigo – protocol for a pilot prospective randomised double-blinded controlled trial for the topical treatment of impetigo in Australian general practice. ($19,512) 

2019 – Dr Michael Wright and A/Prof Kees van Gool. Project title – Exploring methods to evaluate and compare primary care spending. ($19,299) 

2018 – Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss, Prof Kirsty Douglas and Prof Grant Russell. Project title - Exploring effective general practice consultations for disadvantaged adults living with obesity. ($20,000)

2018 – Dr Kirrliy Ellerton, Dr Rimma Medres, Dr Harishan Tharmarajah, Ms Amanda Dolphin, Ms Sue McKellar, A/Prof Simon Craig. Project title - The VRIMM study. Virtual Reality for Immunisation Pain: A Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial in General Practice. ($18,792.60)


RACGP Foundation Chris Silagy Research Scholarship

2020 – Dr Winnie Chen - Project title - Using clinical decision support for chronic diseases? A systematic review of the past decade. ($14,954.57) 

2019 – Dr Kylie Vuong, Dr Michael Tam, Mr Bala Anandasivam, Dr Andrew Knight, Prof John Hall and A/Prof Kevin McGeechan. Project title – Melanoma risk perceptions among Australian general practitioners. ($14,996) 

2018 – Dr Lucy Gilkes, A/Prof Nahal Mavaddat, Prof Stephan Schug, Prof Gary Hulse and Prof Peter O’Sullivan. Project title - Devising a computerised chronic pain care plan tool (Pain-T) for General Practice. ($15,000)


RACGP Foundation Indigenous Health Award

2021 – Dr Yolande Knight. Project title - Point of Care Testing for Oropharyngeal Group A Streptococcal Carriage in the Pilbara region of Australia. ($8,712.00)

2020 – Dr Annapurna Nori, Prof Vivienne Moore, Dr Odette Pearson and Prof Megan Warin. Project title - The Care Project - Improving the wellbeing of older Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri women. ($8,973) 

2019 – Prof Parker Magin, Dr Linda Klein, Dr Alison Fielding, Dr Anthony Paulson, Mr Christopher O’Brien and Prof Mieke van Driel. Project title – The Diploma in Practice Management in Aboriginal Medical Services - Impact on professional and personal development of graduates. ($8,989)

2018 – Dr Geoffrey Spurling, Dr Prabha Lakhan, Prof David Johnson, Ms Anna Cooney, Dr Gary Torrens, Mr Antonio Martinez Ortiz and Dr Dharmenaan Palamuthusingam. Project title - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons attending an urban Indigenous primary health care clinic and their experiences of living with chronic kidney disease. ($6,535)


RACGP Foundation Walpole Grieve Award

2021 – Dr Oliver van Hecke. Project title - Co-designing a data-enabled brief intervention to optimise antibiotic prescribing for children. ($4,955.00)

2020 – Dr Rita McMorrow - Project title - International collaboration with Steno Diabetes Centre, Copenhagen. ($5,000)

2019Dr Melinda Choy - Project title – Understanding international solutions to the digital health divide: a knowledge exchange to improve ehealth disparities in primary care. ($5,000)

2018 – Dr Lena von Schuckmann - Project title – Conference travel. ($5,000)


RACGP Foundation Charles Bridges-Webb Memorial Award

2021 – Dr Katie Fisher, Prof Parker Magin, Prof Mieke van Driel and Ms Amanda Tapley. Project title - The prevalence and associations of telehealth consultations in GP registrars' practice: a cross-sectional study nested within the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) study. ($1,000.00)

2021 – Dr Brent Venning. Project title - A Discrete Choice Experiment: Preferences and willingness-to-pay for a DNA test to assess cancer risk. ($1,000.00)

2020 – Dr Antony Bolton - Project title - Barriers & enablers to the provision of structured healthcare to people who regularly use methamphetamine in General Practice: A qualitative study. ($1,000) 

2019 Dr Roisin Bhamjee - Project title – Adolescent Health Provision in the Australian School Setting: Perspectives of Primary Care Physicians on their preparedness. ($1,000) 

2018 – Dr Pallavi Prathivadi, Dr Christopher Barton and Prof Danielle Mazza. Project title – Qualitative insights into the opioid prescribing practices of Victorian GP registrars. ($1,000) 


RACGP Foundation Peter Mudge Medal

Recipient to be announced.

2020 – A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis - Project title - Guidance GP - Pilot of an antimicrobial stewardship quality improvement activity. ($500) 

2019A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis - Project title – Simulation of a tool for antibiotic prescribing. ($500) 

2018 – Dr Daniel Aronov - Project title – Social media video improves informed choice for breast cancer screening. ($500) 


RACGP Foundation Alan Chancellor Award

Recipient to be announced.

2020 – Dr Isaac Tranter - Project title - Immunising older Australians - Perspectives from GP training. ($500) 

2019 Dr Rita McMorrow - Project title – Does r-CGM affect health service utilisation? ($500) 

2018 – Dr Daniel Aronov – Project title - Social media video improves informed choice for breast cancer screening. ($500) 


RACGP Foundation Iris and Edward Gawthorn Award

Recipient to be announced for 2020.

2019 – Dr Kate Robertson – GP registrar who has achieved the highest score on the Cardiovascular and Respiratory components on the 2019 Fellowship Examinations. ($500) 

2018 Dr Anna Mullins - GP registrar who has achieved the highest score on the Cardiovascular and Respiratory components on the 2018 Fellowship Examinations. ($500) 


RACGP Foundation Best General Practice Research Article in the AJGP Award

2021 – Dr Jessie Andrewartha – Escape to the country, Lessons from interviews with rural general practice interns. (Penny Allen, Lynn Hemmings, Ben Dodds and Lizzi Shires)  AJGP, Volume 49, Issue 9, September 2020. (Award)

2020 – Dr Belinda O’Sullivan – Project title - Factors related to rural general practitioners supervising general practice registrars in Australia: A national cross-sectional study. (Deborah Russell, Matthew McGrail, Marisa Sampson, Allyson Warrington, Glen Wallace, Michael Bentley & Danielle Couch) AJGP, Volume 48, Issue 1-2, January – February 2019. (Award) 

2019 – Dr Grace Kim - Project title – The CRISP-Q study: Communicating the risks and benefits of colorectal cancer screening. (Grace Y Kim, Jennifer G Walker, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Nadira Hewabandu, Marie Pirotta, Louisa Flander, Mark Jenkins & Jon D Emery) AJGP, Volume 47, Issue 3, March 2018. (Award) 

2018 Dr Lisa Crossland - Project title - Successfully implementing a diabetic retinopathy screening service in general practice: What does the evidence tell us? (Lisa Crossland, Claire Jackson) Australian Family Physician, Volume 46, No.7 Pages 529-535. (Award)