BEACH program acknowledgements

The University of Sydney’s Family Medicine Research Centre acknowledges the support and contribution of the general practitioners who have participated in the BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health) program since it began in April 1998. We thank them for their generosity and effort in providing the data, without which the study would not be possible.

We also thank the following organisations for their financial support and their contribution to the ongoing development of the BEACH program since it began:

Current major contributors:

  • AstraZeneca Pty Ltd (Australia) (1998–2016)
  • Australian Government Department of Health (1998–2004, 2007–2016)
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd (2009–2016)
  • bioCSL (Australia) Pty Ltd (2010–2016)
  • Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd (2006–2012, 2015–2016)

Some financial support for the program was also provided by:

  • Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (2004–2016)

In past years other major contributors to the BEACH project have been:

  • AbbVie Pty Ltd (2014–2015)
  • Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd (2002–2013)
  • Pfizer Australia (2004–2013)
  • National Prescribing Service (2005–2009, 2012–2013)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd (2010–2012)
  • Bayer Australia Ltd (2010–2011)
  • Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd (2000–2010)
  • Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd (2006–2010)
  • Wyeth Australia Pty Ltd (2008–2010, then merged with Pfizer)
  • Roche Products Pty Ltd (1998–2006)
  • Aventis Pharma Pty Ltd (1998–2002)
  • Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (1998–2000)
  • The Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (1998–2000)

We thank the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) for their support. We acknowledge the contribution of representatives from the RACGP, the AMA, the Australian Medicare Local Alliance/Australian General Practice Network, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the National Health Performance Authority, the Consumers Health Forum, and the supporting organisations (listed above) to the BEACH Advisory Board.

From 1998 to March 2011, the BEACH program was conducted by the Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), under the AIHW Act. From April 2011, it has been solely conducted by the Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney.