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About the HSRAANZ

Founded in 2001, the Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ) supports and promotes the conduct and dissemination of applied research to improve the delivery and organisation of health services in Australia and New Zealand. With a wide range of individual and corporate members from universities, research centres, government departments, independent government agencies, and consumer groups the Association bridges the gap between research and policy, as well as reflecting consumer issues. We also have two special interest groups, focussing on Emerging Researchers and Indigenous Health Services Research, both of which have a prominent role at our main conference. [read more]

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Our latest member profile is Mark F Owusu who is a researcher at the  the School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury.  Mark's research interests are non-communicable disease management, health systems research and policy, evidence in health services research, implementation science

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    • 15 MAY 18

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Excellent Scientific Writing Slides and Recording Now Available

    In our latest webinar Associate Professor Liz Tynan provided guidance and strategies for writing effective scientific publications using strong and effective language.  Processes for producing a research article, and how research concepts can be made clear through critical thinking and robust writing skills were also discussed. The slides and a recording of the webinar are now available.  

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    • 14 MAY 18

    Assessing the value of new health technologies and the political economy

    Assessing the value of new pharmaceuticals and other health technologies is more complicated than estimating incremental costs and QALYs. The QALY may not capture all aspects of value, but broader political and economic factors may also be relevant. On the one hand, companies may invest less in Australia if fewer technologies are funded. On the other hand, health spending on health professionals has a far greater multiplier effect and results in significantly greater economic growth than spending on pharmaceuticals. Such effects should be considered by the government when assessing the value and the acceptable price of new health technologies.

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    • 14 MAY 18

    2018 Awards & Prizes – Call for Nominations

    The HSRAANZ’s awards and prizes program recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy in Australia and New Zealand. Nominations are invited for the Best Research Papers of the Year and the Research Impact Award and will close on 31 July. PLEASE NOTE we have amended the requirements for the Best PhD paper prize as follows “Applicants must be either enrolled in a PhD or within 1 year of having a PhD awarded at July 2018.”

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    • 14 MAY 18

    Health Research and Consumers

    The latest edition of the Consumers Health Forum journal, Health Voices,  focuses on the consumer role in health and medical research and includes articles from the HSRAANZ President, Professor Jonathon Karnon on “How should Australia make the most of consumer participation in health services research?” and HSRAANZ member Associate Professor Helen Dickinson on “Research nothing about us without us”.

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    • 12 MAY 18

    Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data

    To inform how My Health Record data can be used and protected for public health and research purposes, the Australian Government has developed a framework in consultation with consumers, clinicians, medical researchers, industry experts, privacy advocates and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. 

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    • 08 MAY 18

    Victorian Cancer Agency 2018 Funding Round – closing soon

    Two new schemes are offered in 2018 under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Collaborative Research Grants

    Improving Cancer Outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians
    Improving Outcomes for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

    They will close at 11.59pm on 12 June 2018:

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    • 03 MAY 18

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Excellent Scientific Writing

    In our next HSRAANZ Webinar on 14 May, Dr Liz Tynan, Associate Professor and Co-ordinator Professional Development, JCU Graduate Research School will provide guidance and strategies for writing effective scientific publications using strong and effective language. 

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    • 03 MAY 18

    Government response to Productivity Commission Inquiry into data availability and use

    The reforms, costing $65 million over the next four years, include creating an office of the National Data Commissioner whose role will be to implement a simpler and more efficient data sharing and release framework within government.

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