Professor Goodyear-Smith, head of general practice and primary health care at the University of Auckland, won two US$20,000 contracts to ferret out ideas for primary care, under the wing of the World Organization of Family Doctors, known as WONCA.
Funding is from the Ariadne Labs Centre for Health Systems Innovation, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Professor Goodyear-Smith says the aim is to tease out the best models for the most effective and equitable care to very large communities with small workforces and poor resourcing.
First up, primary care practitioners, researchers and policy-makers in poorer nations are being asked to state where the gaps in their knowledge lie. They form a “Delphi panel” – ie, the group comes up with answers then prioritises them, then narrows down the priorities.
“From there, we look at the top three and develop a research plan for how we would implement it,” Professor Goodyear-Smith says.