COVID-19 in primary care: A UK and Australian experience

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Hybrid model – in person at The University of Melbourne or online via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided)

In person location: Copland Theatre, Business & Economics, Spot Building (Building number 110) 198 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053


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Department of General Practice

The Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, invites you to a special seminar featuring Professor Richard Hobbs (University of Oxford) and Professor Michael Kidd (Australian Government Department of Health) as they reflect on the experiences of COVID-19 in primary care.

Better understanding of COVID-19: evidence from Oxford Primary Care

Professor Richard Hobbs

The pandemic created an extraordinary vacuum of evidence available to guide health policy around the world. The UK approached the pandemic differently than health and social policies in Australia. This had an inevitable impact on the number and type of deaths and pressures on hospitals in the early months of the pandemic. We can learn from comparing these approaches.

Furthermore, UK scientists galvanised their collective efforts early on in the pandemic, delivering a wide range of research outputs that have helped societies across the world manage out of the pandemic.

This session will particularly focus upon the implications of some impactful  pandemic research, much of which was led by the University of Oxford, and especially the national priority research from Oxford Primary Care.

An Australian Perspective on the role of Primary Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Professor Michael Kidd

General practice has been central to national and local responses to COVID-19 in Australia, and the nation has built its response to the pandemic on the basis of its strong system of primary health care. Research has been an integral component supporting Australia’s primary care response, with primary care researchers based within the Australian Government Department of Health, and rapid evaluations being conducted by both the Minister of Health’s National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee, and the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, as well as contributions by research teams from across the nation.


Professor Richard Hobbs

MA, FRCGP, FRCP, FRCPE, FESC, FMedSci, CBE, Nuffield Professor & Head, Primary Care Health Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Richard Hobbs is Nuffield Professor of Primary Care and Head of Department at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. His career research majors on cardio-metabolic disease (heart failure, hypertension and AF stroke prevention) and digital health, with over 500 papers, nearly 100,000 references to his work by others and an h-index of 101. Since March 2020 most of his research re-focused on COVID and he is co-PI on all three of the community based national COVID trial platforms. From 2011 he has developed at Oxford one of the largest, most highly ranked centres for academic primary care globally and for a decade was the national Director for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. He has served on the University Council since 2015, including as Trustee, and has been a Pro Vice-Chancellor since 2019.

Professor Michael Kidd

AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Department of Health, Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne.

A past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), Michael Kidd is currently Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Australian Government Department of Health, and the Foundation Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University.  Prior to returning to Australia at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was based in Canada where he was the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care, and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

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