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IEBH Newsletter 2, 2023

Welcome to the Institute's final newsletter for 2023. Dive into a year of incredible achievements with us as we celebrate our impact, awards, and global recognition, upcoming events and an array of news and activities. 

Telehealth

The uptake of telehealth by Australians has been considerable, representing 17.2% of all consultations in 2022. By provider, in 2022, telehealth consultations represented: 21.9% of all GP consultations, 13.7% of specialist consultations, 27.1% of mental health consultations, 28.3% of nurse practitioner consultations and 14.5% of allied health consultations. In October 2020, IEBH was contracted by the then-Department of Health (now known as the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care), to complete a review of the evidence for the effectiveness, safety and economic impacts of the provision of primary and allied healthcare via telehealth. The Institute completed the review in February 2021 and since then, over two years of additional evidence on the effectiveness and safety of telehealth has been published. In 2023, the team completed 2 new reports which is now available on the government's website:

  1. Scott AM, Atkins T, Bakhit M, Clark J, Byambasuren O, Glasziou P. (2023) Final Report: Telehealth Work Package A: Systematic Review and Evidence Syntheses: Telehealth in primary and allied health care. Commissioned by: Dept of Health and Aged Care, Australia. 
  2. Scott AM, Atkins T, Bakhit M, Clark J, Byambasuren O, Glasziou P. (2023) Final Report: Telehealth Work Package B: Systematic Review and Evidence Syntheses: Telehealth in specialist care setting. Commissioned by: Dept of Health and Aged Care, Australia. 

Workshops

During 2023, the Institute hosted 9 face-to-face workshops on Evidence-Based Practice for >100 Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services Staff, as well as 33 online workshops on the use of the SRA tools with more than 400 attendees from across the globe.

ACTA Trial of the Year Award Finalist

Congratulations to Paul, Loai and the team on being named a finalist for their research on the Effect of audit and feedback on rates and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging requests by Australian general practitioners. Investigation into the effectiveness of audit and feedback, used at a national level, for reducing requests for 11 overused musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging tests by Australian GPs compared with no intervention control. A factorial cluster randomised controlled trial.

HDR 

PhD student Leila Cusack has officially completed and been awarded her degree on 14 November 2023. Congratulations Leila! Thesis title: Promoting informed decisions about health interventions through the development and evaluation of an educational intervention for Australian high school students.

Global recognition for our researchers

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Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2023

Professor Paul Glasziou AO has been named among the top 1% of researchers worldwide for the 6th year running. To make this prestigious list researchers must have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their field(s) of research. Each researcher selected has authored multiple Highly Cited Papers™ which rank in the top 1% by citations for their field(s) and publication year in the Web of Science™ over the past decade. However, citation activity is not the sole selection indicator. A preliminary list based on citation activity is then refined using qualitative analysis and expert judgement.

Congratulations Paul! Your consistent presence in the top 1% of global researchers, excelling across multiple fields, reaffirms your exceptional and diverse contributions to the academic landscape.

Stanford University World Top 2% Scientists 

An update of Stanford University’s list of the top 2 percent of most-cited scientists ranks academics based on how frequently their work is cited by other scholars. It takes into account the individual’s entire career as well as their one-year impact.

IEBH team members who made the list in the career, as well as the one-year impact category, were:

  • Professor Paul Glasziou OA
  • Professor Tammy Hoffmann OAM
  • Vale Professor Chris Del Mar AM
  • Associate Professor Elaine Beller
  • Associate Professor Mark Jones
  • Honorary Adjunct Professor David Henry
  • Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor Ray Moynihan
  • Dr Hilda Bastian (PhD graduate 2020)

IEBH team members who made the list in the one-year impact category were:

  • Assistant Professor Anna Mae Scott
  • Assistant Professor Loai Albarqouni
  • Research Enhancement Manager Justin Clark
  • Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor Rae Thomas
  • John Rathbone (PhD graduate 2017)

Awards

VC Research Awards 2023

Throughout this year, our team members have been honoured with an array of awards, highlighting their exceptional dedication, innovation, and outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

  • Professor Tammy Hoffmann OAM: Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence Award
  • Assistant Professor Mina Bakhit: Vice Chancellor's Early Career Research Excellence Award
  • Dr Oyuka Byambasuren: Best Research Poster award at Research, Innovation and Discovery ME/CFS and Long COVID International Conference
  • Dr Eman Abukmail: People's choice award at 3MT competition, Bond University
  • Kwame Peprah Boaitey: Best first-time presenter award at the 2023 Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC)

WONCA 2023

IEBH Team at WONCA 2023

The 2023 WONCA World Conference was held in Sydney from 26-29 October 2023. A total of 4434 delegates walked the halls of Sydney’s International Convention Centre with more than 850 presentations, seven keynote addresses, and 58 topic areas covered. Australian doctors were especially well represented at the 50th anniversary of the famous conference with 2857 attendees.

Several IEBH team members presented at the conference:

  • Dr Eman Abukmail: Exploring individuals’ perceptions and acceptability of a ‘wait and see’ approach for managing self-limiting illnesses: A qualitative study.
  • Dr Mina Bakhit: Exploring general practitioners’ perception of the value of natural history information and their awareness and use of guidelines’ resources to support antibiotic prescribing for self-limiting infections: a qualitative study in Australian general practice.
  • Dr Ali Davidson: 1) What helps and hinders using non-drug interventions to manage chronic conditions in primary care? An overview of reviews; and 2) Patients’ experiences of interprofessional collaborative practice: An integrative review.
  • Dr Oyuka Byambasuren: 1) Impact of COVID-19 vaccination on long COVID: a systematic review; and 2) Lived experience of long COVID patients and perspectives of general practitioners in Australia: qualitative studies.
  • Dr Michelle Guppy: Panel discussion on the management of chronic kidney disease and the use of ageing kidney charts as a management tool.

Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA)

It has been another successful year for the SRA. There have been 25,000 users and over 200,000 interactions (event counts) with the SRA in the last six months. Solid progress has been made with the upgrade to the new, improved, version of the SRA, which will have a beta launch early in 2024. Workshops have been very successful with large numbers of attendees, with a new and improved suite of workshops planned for next year. In exciting news, there are ongoing collaborations with multiple organisations to increase the usability and applicability of the SRA. These collaborations are with the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care in Germany, the University of Leicester in the UK, and the University of Queensland. These collaborations will improve SRA support for Health Technology Assessments, provide high-quality meta-analysis software, and potentially incorporate large language models (AI) into the SRA.

Oxford University hosts Bond research workshop

Justin Clark Oxford 2023

During September a full-day workshop teaching research skills was held at the University of Oxford. The workshop was presented by Justin Clark, Research Enhancement Manager at IEBH. It taught researchers from academic institutions from across the UK, how to use the Systematic Review Accelerator (SRA). The SRA is a suite of research tools built at IEBH that can substantially reduce the time taken to conduct an evidence synthesis. The workshop was an excellent way to showcase Bond’s research to other institutions around the world.

Feedback from the organiser, Dr Richard Stevens, Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Oxford

"Great work yesterday Justin - very well received. Words like "fabulous" have been used by enthusiastic attendees. From our point of view this was a workshop that we were proud to have hosted. It was also valuable training for us - I'm looking forward to getting our postdocs and DPhil students to use the SRA, and I'm already using it for a project of my own."

The workshop was also recently featured in Oxford’s Evidence-Based Healthcare Bulletin.

Upcoming events

Other news and activities

  • No, antibiotics aren't always needed. Here's how GPs can avoid overprescribing

    The Conversation - 21 Nov 2023

    Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest global threats to health, food security and development. Dr Mina Bakhit and Professor Paul Glasziou AO explore how we got here and the potential solutions.

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  • Comparison of Telephone and Video Telehealth Consultations

    Our latest review compared telephone consultations with video telehealth consultations. Data from 16 RCTs show they were equally effective on clinical outcomes, patient and clinician satisfaction, and cost effectiveness.

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  • Wiser Healthcare

    On 16-17 October 2023 the Institute hosted the annual National Wiser Healthcare meeting at Bond University. Over 40 researchers, early career researchers and PhD students attended with >25 presentations across the 2 days.

    The next meeting will be held in Sydney in 2024.

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  • GoldNet Research Network

    GoldNet Research was established in 2019 to support practice-based primary care research in our region.

    In 2023, we focused on "closing the research loop" and selected topics and speakers that align with this for events and journal clubs.

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  • Reporting Guidelines Webinar

    In September, the Australasian Equator Centre in collaboration with AUS-RN presented a webinar on how to: 1) write the key sections of a research article efficiently and effectively; 2) using reporting guidelines such as PRISMA, CONSORT, and STROBE to guide the writing task, assist publication and improve the impact of your research; and 3) respond to and provide constructive peer review.

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