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Inala Indigenous Health Service - Journal Club

Journal Club


Many of our doctors and nurses participate in the Inala Primary Care Journal Club (IPCJC), which aims to answer clinical questions by searching for published evidence. The journal club was started in 2001 by doctors working at the Inala Community Health Centre, which is where the Inala Indigenous Health Service originated. Professor Chris del Mar, now Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University, convened the original meetings.

Dr Geoff Spurling has convened the journal club in recent years. He works at both Inala Primary Care and Inala Indigenous Health Service, which are currently located in the same building, until the stand-alone Centre of Excellence building is completed.

Journal Club meetings are held fortnightly and all interested GPs and nurses in the Inala area are very welcome to attend. The questions are based on primary health care in general, and not Indigenous health specifically. GPs who attend at least four meetings per year can be eligible for 40 category 1 QI&CPD points.

Find out more: Dr Justin Coleman posts the latest findings on our journal club website, and you can follow us on Twitter at @ipcjc

The process: Each participants tries to think of an 'answerable' and practical clinical question, then everyone votes on the most relevant ones. We hone in on the precise framing of the question using the 'PICO' method, then use the internet to sort through the evidence.

As an experienced journal club, and firm believers in evidence-based primary care, we also encourage other health professionals to start their own journal clubs. Please contact Dr Spurling with any questions.


Although care is taken, this site, and links from it to third-party sites, may possibly contain the names or images of people who have passed away, which may sadden and distress some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Website editor: Justin Coleman

Last updated: 9 July 2014