In caring for patients, a good doctor will repeatedly examine recent research in order to determine the best way forward.
At our practice we are not just looking at the results of research, we are actively involved in new research projects which will bring new and exciting evidence supporting the best possible delivery of health care to you.
Our practice is part of the Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN). This network is a vibrant community of practices engaging in primary care research supported by the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) and the Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) University of Wollongong (UOW).
Our research takes many different forms and from time to time you may be asked if you would like to participate in some way. This could range from completing a form, speaking with a researcher, or simply allowing us to access your medical data.
It is important to realise that you are never obliged to take part in a study if you are asked. If you do not wish to participate, there will be no difference to the care your doctor provides you at all.
It is also important to know that whenever any member of the practice team is conducting research involving our patients, we can demonstrate that the study has appropriate approval from an ethics committee.
There will be some research which involves using the medical data we have recorded in the course of caring for our patients. We ensure that this data is ‘de-identified’ and not linked with your identifying details before it is used. We would only ever transfer identified health data out of our practice if we have informed patient consent.
You can be confident that when our practice collects personal health information it will safeguard its confidentiality and privacy in accordance with National Privacy Principles.
We will not supply your details to the pharmaceutical industry or anyone else for marketing purposes.
If you do wish to be involved in any of our projects, we thank you very much!
Even if you do not ever get involved with any projects, you can feel confident that your general practice is on the cutting edge of new and exciting research aimed at bettering the health of all people.