Primary Care









The Primary Care Committee advises the MACH Board on the capacity and integration of primary care translational research, education, clinical advances, and policy activities with the partners to best meet the needs of the community. The committee informs and guides the key priorities and implement strategies to achieve these.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing other MACH subcommittee activities to identify opportunities to increase integration of primary care and community-based research.

  • Influencing best practice primary care research/engagement methodologies for the MACH partners.

  • Informing and supporting the MACH strategy with regard to primary care and enabling data integration.

  • Working with Monash Partners and other Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) partners to influence policy at a state and federal level.

  • Enhancing awareness, participation and collaboration with  primary care clinical trials units.


Committee Members

  • Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC (Co-Chair), Altona North Medical Group

  • Prof Lena Sanci (Co-Chair), Head of the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

  • A/Prof Douglas Boyle – Director of HaBIC Research Information Technology Unit / MDHS Academic Convenor for Petascale Campus Initiative and member of Rural Health Research in Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne 

  • Prof Allison McKendrick, Head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne

  • Prof Harriet Hiscock, Consultant Paediatrician; Director, Health Services Research Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital; Group Leader, Health Services Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Director, Australian Paediatric Research Network

  • A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne

  • Prof Jane Hocking, Head of the Sexual Health Unit at Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

  • Jane Henty, Project Manager, Enhanced Nurse Clinics at the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

  • Annie Hayward, General Manager, Policy, Strategy & Public Affairs at Carers Victoria

  • Prof Kelsey Hegarty, Chair in Family Violence Prevention at the University of Melbourne & Royal Women's Hospital

  • Dr Ines Rio, General Practitioner, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

  • Dr Ewa Piejko, General Practitioner and Medical Advisor for Murray Primary Health Network

For more information on our Primary Care Committee, please contact Michelle Iddles:

News from the Primary Committee 


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