Domhnall MacAuley is a CMAJ Associate Editor and a professor of primary care in Northern Ireland, UK
Health care has three components, according to Michael LeFevre (University of Missouri) who gave the opening keynote address at #NAPCRG2015. They are: to relieve suffering, to prevent future illness and to prolong life. Most of his career focused on prevention through his work with the US Preventive Services Task Force which was at the cutting edge of using science to inform clinical decisions. His involvement came during period of evolution from traditional consensus guidelines developed by experts to creating of evidence based guidelines based on formal evaluation of the literature. Difficulties arose when the evidence didn’t fit with established clinical practice ...continue reading →
Jane Gunn is Chair of Primary Care Research and Head of the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, Australia
Primary care in Australia
What do populations need?
Populations need a fair health care system that reduces the current inequities seen in the health of the population. Australia needs a health care system that focuses on prevention in addition to treatment and care. In particular, we need to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Populations deserve a strong primary health care system in the community for "first contact" care that builds upon the strengths of existing general practice. ...continue reading →