AAAPC 2020 poster presentation

We were so excited to present a poster at AAAPC 2020 this year! Moving to an online poster walk presented its problems, but the AAAPC team rose to the challenge admirably, providing an ample and orderly space for each poster to be presented and discussed. Unfortunately, the session wasn’t recorded, so we were unable to capture the presentation or the discussions we had in the breakout rooms, but I can provide some insight into our poster.

At this point, we were still primarily in the recruitment stage of the project, and the poster does not give much information beyond the information available on our site here. Presenting the poster gave us an opportunity to further build the community of practice around this issue (and hopefully reach contributors from under-represented regions!), and to pursue consciousness-raising around the issue. Responses to our project are still divided between doctors who have personally encountered sexual harms in the profession (anecdotally or otherwise), and doctors who have rarely or never encountered them (some of whom have extensive experience working toward addressing sexual harms). The dearth of literature on doctors who have been sexually harmed by other doctors has also been problematic for decision-makers attempting to address the issue. We hope, by spreading awareness that research on this issue is global and ongoing, to facilitate the expansion of the body of research and the growth of our burgeoning community of practice.

AAAPC 2021 oral paper presentation

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We’re presenting at the 2021 AAAPC conference!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be presenting an oral paper at the 2021 Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care conference. I’ll be presenting in Papers 7: Using Different Methods to Tackle Challenges in Academic Primary Care, at 11am on Friday 13th August (AEST). My oral paper, titled Representation, Diversity and Ethics: Building an international community of authors to write around sexual abuse in medicine, uses an evocative autoethnographic approach to explore the pragmatic and ethical dilemmas that arose through the recruiting phase of the book.

Louise and I presented a poster at AAAPC’s 2020 conference to talk about the book and try to further build this wonderful community of practice that has been growing around the project (unfortunately, that digital poster walk wasn’t recorded, but the poster itself is available here). This year is going to be a little different. We’re at our final hurdles with recruitment for the book, so we’re turning our attention towards our dissemination and translation strategy, and towards questions around how we can expand this project to continue work beyond the book.

International recruitment has been an essential part of our project, both as an ethical consideration and as a means of fostering richness of research in an under-studied field. It has, however, been resource-intensive, and has required skills in building communities of practice as well as more straightforward skills in searching for researchers. With this paper, I hope to provide some insight into our process, particularly regarding the ethical and political considerations involved.

This year’s conference will be available online between 12-13 August, and the oral papers can be pre-recorded or delivered live, followed by a live discussion. While I may not be able to channel the live discussions, I will be pre-recording my oral paper so that I can post it here – so if you can’t make it to the conference itself, watch this space!

If you are able to attend the conference, Louise will also be running a workshop on designing good qualitative research projects at 2:45pm on Thursday 12th August (AEST). The editorial approach and design of the book has been deeply informed by her expertise in qualitative methodologies, and if you feel more sturdy on quantitative grounds but are curious to see how the other half lives, her Masterchef mystery box challenges are always a great way to explore the space.

We hope to see you there!

Cultural Change from Above and Within: Accountability in Leadership

We are currently seeking an author for this chapter. If you would like to contribute to this part of the project, please get in touch using the form below.

This chapter is intended to explore what it means to try to push for cultural and structural change from a leadership position. What are the structural and relational forces and barriers that prevent leaders from implementing meaningful and significant measures to bring about cultural or structural change? How can leaders hold themselves accountable, to ensure that their visions of change, and actions intended to bring that change, remain true to the needs of the people for whom they are responsible?

Everyday Advocacy: From Theory to Praxis

We are currently seeking an author for this chapter. If you would like to contribute to this part of the project, please get in touch using the form below.

This chapter is intended to acquaint the reader with different kinds of advocacy, particularly grassroots activisms, and with the specific strategies that have achieved some success in bringing about change. What does it mean to be part of a “movement”? What kind of work does it involve to sustain a “movement”, and to make it effective? How can activists and advocates balance the competing demands of community organising, work, and life, against activist burnout or vicarious trauma that can arise from issues such as workplace sexual harms?