Primary health care research at UNSW has a strong research focus on the prevention and management of chronic disease, health informatics, integrated care and primary health care policy as it affects mainstream and disadvantaged populations such as refugee and Aboriginal Australians. This includes areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular risk assessment, cancer, preventive care including on smoking, nutrition, overweight and obesity and physical activity, smoking cessation; the physical health of patients with mental illness and advanced care planning.
The GP Unit is in the Fairfield local government area and services a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community, with many people originating from south-east Asia, the Middle East, South America and eastern Europe. This provides opportunities for registrars interested in researching topics relevant to CALD communities.
Research methods used include systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials in general practice, analysis of cohort and linked data, qualitative and mixed methods.