Steve travelled to St John’s, Newfoundland and attended the Primary Care Healthcare Partnership Forum (PriFor 2017). This is a small annual conference focused on research and service delivery in the province. He led a workshop on research methods with Amanda Hall from Memorial University in St John’s and Helen Richmond from Warwick University in England, and also gave a talk about reducing referrals to the orthopaedic and neurosurgery waiting lists at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
One of the things that really hit home was the similarities between the issues and things going on in this foggy corner of the world, and what is happening in Australia. There was lots on the Choosing Wisely campaign that aims to reduce inappropriate and unnecessary testing and treatment, which clearly parallels similar work in Oz. There were also projects aimed at understanding what, how and why clinical decisions are being made in primary care, and research into facilitating self-management of various chronic conditions.