Sidney Sax Medal 2016 awarded to general practice researcher Professor Helena Britt

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Sidney Sax Medal for 2016 was last night awarded to Professor Helena Britt at the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association’s (AHHA) annual dinner in Brisbane.

“The Sidney Sax medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research,” AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said.

“We are proud to present this medal to Professor Britt for her years of leadership and dedication in health research, particularly general practice research.”

Professor Britt started her career as a research psychologist, and has worked in market research, educational research and then general practice research. Her work in the GP sector has spanned 37 years.

She was until June this year Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre at the School of Public Health of the University of Sydney. As Director of the Centre, she led the design, establishment and conduct of the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program. The program entailed a continuous national study of general practice clinical activity in Australia, for nearly 20 years.

Professor Britt continues to be involved in supporting ongoing BEACH analyses in other parts of the University of Sydney following the Centre’s closure, providing invaluable data on Australian general practice.

“Professor Britt’s work has been essential to the development of health policy and practice for the past 20 years, and will remain a highly-valued resource in the future,” Ms Verhoeven said.

Professor Britt has been a member of the International Classification Committee of the World Organisation of Family Doctors for almost 30 years.

She has written more than 200 published journal articles, and 37 books on general practice clinical activity, with topics ranging from adverse patient events, multimorbidity, disease prevalence primary care clinical terminology and classification, and others.

“This award goes to the Family Medicine Research Team, an amazing group of very experienced researchers, the loss of which is devastating to primary care research,” says Professor Britt.

In her acceptance of the award, Professor Britt noted that while the data collection would still have currency in the short-term, its value would diminish over time without renewed commitment to the collection of quality general practice data in Australia.

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