Rest In Peace, BEACH

BEACH: Rest in piece

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science ~ Albert Einstein.

Ok, here’s a little quiz. True or false? (Answers below)

  1. Herpes Zoster (shingles) in Australia continues to increase over time.
  2. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease imposes a high level of societal and financial burden on the community in Australia.
  3. Of all GP consultations conducted in a language other than English, more than eighty percent are conducted by multilingual GPs who speak the patient’s language.
  4. For 15% of people living with schizophrenia in Australia, ongoing management is provided by their GP alone.

Before you scroll down to the answers, you need to know that the common source of this information is the research program BEACH, short for Bettering the Evaluation of Care in Health.

For the past eighteen years BEACH has provided us with important information to improve patient care and primary care services in Australia.

Government funding for the research program will cease which means BEACH will be closed. The government will also stop funding the Primary Health Care Research & Information Services (PCHRIS).

This has caused another shock wave through Australian general practice and primary care.

A sad day for patients, GPs and health providers.

Answers: 1 true, 2 true, 3 true, 4 false (this should be 30-40%)
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11 thoughts on “Rest In Peace, BEACH

      • I’d like to see some numbers. I’d like to see our professional body concentrate on our profession. Why do we rely so much on political favours? If the college can run QACPD at a massive profit (because keeping a spreadsheet of points for VR purposes can’t cost millions), where is it going?

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        • Nick, for the $-figures you would have to contact the Family Medicine Research Centre of the University of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as they run BEACH. I guess research relies very much on external funding.

          In the meantime the College continues to concentrate 100% on our profession!

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  1. I won’t stop asking questions as a GP and championing research as a scholar, educator and clinician. No government can take away my will and passion.

    Sad as it was a PHCRIS conference via GPET that stimulated my interest in primary care research.

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  2. Thanks for this post, Edwin. As you know, I’m really upset about the loss of BEACH. It is a huge blow to primary care research in particular and general practice generally. This will leave Australia with no valid, reliable and independent source of data about activities in general practice.

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