Helena Britt

Profile: Helena started her career as a research psychologist, and worked in market research, educational research and then general practice research. Her PhD is in general practice and she now has about 37 years experience in this field. She is the Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, which designed, established, and conducts BEACH program, the continuous national study of general practice clinical activity in Australia. Helena has been a member of the International Classification Committee of the World Organisation of Family Doctors for almost 30 years, and the Centre is responsible for Australia distribution of, and education on, The International Classification of Primary Care, on behalf of Wonca. The Centre is also involved in international work on th application of SNOMED-CT in general practice. Dr Britt has authored more than 200 published journal articles, and 37 books on general practice clinical activity,including adverse patient events, multimorbidity, disease prevalence primary care clinical terminology and classification, and a wide range of other topics.    
Journal article

Chronic alcohol abuse

Introduction Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs in Australia. According to the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS), about four out of five Australians aged ≥14 years consumed alcohol in the previous year, and 6.5% did so on a daily basis...
Discussion paper

Reality check - reliable national data from general practice electronic health records

Since 1998, data about general practice activity in Australia has been collected, analysed and disseminated through the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program. BEACH has provided valuable information about how general practice has changed over time, the impact of policy on practice...

‘The kids are alright’: changes in GP consultations with children 2000–15

Examines children’s use of general practice services and the problems managed in 2000–03 and 2012–15 to determine whether their service use has been influenced by the demands associated with the management of older Australians. Summary The ageing of Australia’s population has led to a focus...

Management of childhood 
asthma in general practice

This report determines changes in childhood asthma management rates between 2004–14, and examines current medication use and level of control in children attending general practice. Background Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are recommended for children with moderate or severe persistent asthma. The aims of this paper were...