Family Medicine Research Centre

The Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney formally closed on 30 June 2016 (see press release).

Though the FMRC has closed, this web site will remain active for the public good. It is a rich source of information and publications about general practice in Australia, and about terminology and classification in primary care.

The BEACH program ceased data collection on 7 April 2016, after 18 years (see press release).

However, the University provided funds to allow the BEACH team to analyse the 2015-16 BEACH data and prepare two final BEACH reports (see details below). These are available for free download through the links below.

The University of Sydney:

  • has transferred the responsibility for maintenance of the BEACH databases and the interactive web server to the Menzies Centre for Health Policy within the University. Christopher Harrison, senior analyst from the BEACH team has also been transferred with the data. He will facilitate analytical services to academic groups and other stakeholders needing data reports from the 18 years of BEACH data.
    Contact: Christopher Harrison: ph: +61 2 86275511

  • has transferred the responsibility for the ICPC-2 Plus terminology used in many GP EHR software systems, and responsibility for the distribution and support of the International Classification of Primary Care on behalf of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (Wonca), to the National Centre for Classification in Health.
    Contact: Julie Leahy: ph: (02)9351 9772

Professor Helena Britt and Associate Professor Graeme Miller will continue to be custodians of the BEACH database and of the ICPC-2 Plus terminology in an honorary capacity.

Contact details: m: 0411 197938 m: 0412 465585

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