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Exploring behaviour change guidelines in general practice using a realist lens

Current Australian general practice guidelines for smoking, nutrition, alcohol use and physical activity are based on the "5As approach". This research will use a realist lens to explore with guideline experts how and why the 5As might work. Elements of this work include literature review, data collection including interviews with guidelines experts, and qualitative synthesis using a realist approach. There is an opportunity for cross-institution and international collaboration. Our Research Environment As a research student in the Department of General Practice you will have access to supervision from international and national leaders in primary care research and education in a supportive and collaborative research environment. Research students are linked with a research group working within one of our areas of research excellence and able to draw upon expertise from across the department to support quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. You will have opportunity to develop primary care research skills and understanding of ethics through workshops and seminars while gaining exposure to a wide variety of primary care research methods and topics through attendance at a weekly Departmental academic seminar series. An active early career research group provides a structure for informal support and learning amongst peers. Visit our website ( to find out more about the opportunities and support for research students in General Practice.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
General Practice; Behaviour Change; Guidelines; Obesity; Smoking; Realist review; Qualitative research
School of Primary and Allied Health Care » General Practice
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Notting Hill Campus
Lauren Ball
Alex Clark

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