Award details

Each International Visiting Fellowship award varies slightly from year to year. Full details become available in the “Information for Applicants” that is prepared specifically for each forthcoming grant. Grant funding rounds open mid-year. The following general information can be used as a guide.

Award objectives

In general, the objectives of the International Visiting Fellowships are to,

  1. Provide the Fellow with an overseas research and policy immersion experience focused on health policy as seen from a family medicine and/ or primary care perspective
  2. Share lessons learned from Australia and develop a multinational perspective and network of contacts to facilitate policy exchange and ongoing collaboration
  3. Provide the overseas research centre with a source of ideas, energy, competencies and services that enhance its performance and contributions to primary care policy research
  4. Develop the infrastructure for policy-relevant research in PHC and build research capacity for PHC
  5. Provide the Visiting Fellow with the opportunity to attend the Australian Primary Health Care Research conference  or the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) conference
  6. Produce an abstract of the researcher’s research program suitable for acceptance and delivery at the next Australian Primary Health Care Research conference.

Expected outcomes

The outcomes for each award vary from year to year, but may include,

  1. The recipient will provide a narrative report of the research and policy immersion experience to APHCRI no later than one month after their return from the visit. The report will be approximately 1000 words in length and will be published on the APHCRI website.
  2. The recipient will produce a report for APHCRI in the 1.3.25 format, addressing the proposed research program.
  3. Where relevant to Department of Health policy development, the recipient will provide a presentation facilitated by APHCRI for relevant policy staff in Canberra. The presentation will outline the activities undertaken during the visiting fellowship, lessons learned from the international context and the benefits derived from the visiting fellowship including opportunities for ongoing collaboration with the relevant research centre.
  4. The recipient will produce an abstract, suitable for acceptance and delivery at the NAPCRG Annual Meeting, and/or to the Australian PHC Research Conference on the proposed program of work and any research outcomes.

Value of the Awards

The Fellowships are offered at $20,000.
The award can be used to cover travel, living expenses, accommodation, and research expenses during the International visit. Accommodation is either provided or supported at the RGC and at Radboud. The RGC further offers a US$650 stipend.

Award duration

All of the Fellowships are offered for a maximum of three months visit duration, but shorter visits can be organised in consultation with the award host. The duration is to enable true immersion in the research experience and in the translation of research findings into policy.

Applications to each round

Applications to all three funding rounds are invited mid-year, with the Fellowships available from October in the year of offer to August in the following year. Applications are open for up to eight weeks.


The International Visiting Fellowships are promoted as widely as possible using the following means,

  • APHCRI emailing list
  • Twitter feed
  • APHCRI website
  • APHCRI publications
  • PHCRIS infonet and Bulletin
  • Flyers at the PHC Research Conference (usually conducted in July, co-inciding with the opening of the funding rounds)

Summary of previous projects

Project reports and further details of each project.

Robert Graham Centre International Visiting Fellowship

Year offered Recipient




2007 Dr Paul Grinzi In his project, Health Landscape and mapping the new workforce migration: a feasibility study, Grinzi summarised the current state of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) use in health in the US and Australia. He focussed on the web-GIS tool, Health Landscape, developed by the Robert Graham Center and addressed the potential future role of GIS in Australian general practice using workforce data as an example.
2008 Dr Rachel Lee What about primary care workforce in urban areas of need? Lee focused on the questions of what policies affect the recruitment and retention of PHC workforce to service urban marginalised populations in Australia and the US; how these compare to the policies for other geographical areas such as outer metropolitan and rural areas; and how the ‘health needs’ of these various areas compare.
2009 Dr Danielle Butler Ecologic and individual predictors for primary health care access deprivation in refugee populations. Potential expansion of a US model for directing policy and its applicability to the Australian context. This work led Dr Butler to join APHCRI ANU research staff on a national project to further develop a GIS tool for use in the Australian PHC setting and to Dr Butler’s PhD proposal.
2010 Dr Lachlan McIver McIver’s project considered Geographical remoteness as a risk factor for adverse health outcomes: comparison of small rural communities in Australia and the USA.
2011 Dr Georga Cooke Australian general practice training distribution, examined general practice registrar distribution, exploring both the policies that drive distribution as well as the distribution itself.
2012 Dr Casey Maddren This research explored, What are some of the funding models for primary care in the United States and how do these compare and contrast to the current Australian model? What are the implications of the feminising workforce? Furthermore, what are the implications for funding reforms in the current Australian climate?
2013 Dr Amanda Louise Brownlow Brownlow explored, How can telehealth strengthen PHC? and, What are the characteristics of doctors who choose to pursue, and continue to thrive, in rural and remote general practice careers?
2014 Dr Matthew McGrail Rural PHC access measures: Applicability to workforce planning and policies. This project is investigating how GIS and large datasets can be efficiently and effectively utilised to underpin rural PHC policies relating to workforce planning and service delivery. This research will explore the wider application of McGrail’s earlier Australian Index of Access work to guide planning in areas of workforce shortage.

Radboud University Medical Centre International Visiting Fellowship

Year offered Recipient




2014 Dr Nasser Bagheri Cardiovascular risk mapping in Netherlands and Australia: a comparative analysis. This project aims to identify ‘risk hot spots’ for preventable cardiovascular diseases (CVD) that will predict their likely development over time. This will allow interventions to be targeted to the right place, at the right time, to the right people. It will provide an innovative tool to help address the alarming rise of CVD in the Australian community.

ICES International Visiting Fellowship

Year offered Recipient




2014 Dr Joanne Enticott

Primary health care for mental health: An analysis of Ontario health service activity rates by socio-economic measures. This research aims to learn what proportion of people in Ontario with mental disorders are accessing primary care mental health services, and does this vary within predefined vulnerable groups including those living within low socio-economic areas?


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