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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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Professor Colette Browning

This month we spoke with Professor Colette Browning, Director of the RDNS Institute, our latest corporate member.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program – HSRAANZ Survey Results and Submission

    To inform its submission to the Structural Review of the NHMRC’s Grant Program the HSRAANZ undertook an online survey of health services researchers’ views on the three possible alternative models to the existing grant program. The survey report and our submission to the NHMRC can be read here.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    The organisational benefits of a strong research culture in a health service

    A systematic review published in Australian Health Review sheds light what impact investments that contribute to a research culture have on organisational performance of health services. Do research activities distract from clinical care, reducing efficiency and productivity? Or conversely, do they have benefits for health service organisations? For example, can a strong research culture lead to a more stimulating workplace that attracts and retains quality staff and encourages the uptake of evidence based practice, with flow on benefits for improved service delivery?

    The results provide evidence that a positive research culture and interventions directed at the health workforce are associated with patient, staff and organisational benefits. However, questions remain about the nature of this association, and more evidence is needed to help managers and policy makers to determine the return on investment in activities that contribute to a research culture.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    Significant differences in use of linked hospital data for research in Australia: NSW and WA leading the way

    A recent paper, Growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: a systematic review, published in the Australian Health Review highlighted large variations in the use of hospital data linkage for health services research purposes across Australian states. This study conducted by researchers at the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne showed that the large majority (83%) of the published literature which uses linked hospital data for health research were contributed by two states, Western Australia and New South Wales while other states significantly lag behind (see attached figure). The paper also highlighted the lack of publications utilising multi-state data through data linkage which could indicate the presence of significant barriers in conducting cross-jurisdictional research. There have been significant investments to build up Australia’s data linkage capabilities and in establishing a data linkage unit in each state. Given that appropriate infrastructure is now in place, it is important to identify and overcome the barriers limiting the gains from this investment and to start maximising the potential of using linked data in health services research.

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    • 01 AUG 16

    Results of the HSRAANZ Data Availability Survey

    The report of the HSRAANZ’s survey on data availability, can be viewed here. The report informed the Association’s submission to the Productivity Commission.

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  • Featured Job of the Week

    Associate Professor / Professor – Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE)

     

    Sydney

    Application Close Date: 1 September 2016 (11.59pm)

    Contact Name: Rosalie Viney - rosalie.viney@uts.edu.au or on +61 (0) 2 9514 4722.

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    The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) is a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in health economics and health services research. CHERE is a world leader in the research and evaluation of health policies, funding and health care delivery and in the methodology and practice of health technology assessment (HTA).

    Our vision is to contribute to the UTS goal of being a world leading university in the health field by enhancing our international reputation for excellence in health economics and health services research, by developing high quality teaching programs that engage people across the health sector, and extending our engagement with and influence on health policy and health sector reform.

    CHERE is seeking to build on its current strengths in quantitative evaluation of health policy, measurement of preferences and health technology assessment and is strategically appointing outstanding international researchers as a result of continued upward trajectory in funding.

    In this role, you will contribute to the overall research, teaching and engagement strategy of the Centre by leading and managing research programs, building collaborative research networks, attracting new research funding, contributing to the development of new teaching programs, mentoring early and mid-career researchers, supervising PhD students and actively engaging with policy makers in the health system.

  • Journal Article of the Month

    journalsGeneral Tew, Michelle, Dalziel, Kim M., Petrie, Dennis J., and Clarke, Philip M. (2016). Growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: a systematic review. Aust. Health Review ,

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH16034 .

    This study conducted by researchers at the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne showed that the large majority (83%) of the published literature which uses linked hospital data for health research were contributed by two states, Western Australia and New South Wales while other states significantly lag behind.

     

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