• 04 JUN 20
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    HSR UK 2020 – free and online, 1-3 July!

    Spread the word. This year, the Health Services Research UK annual conference is going online, and it’s completely free to join.  With six live plenaries, over a dozen sessions and 150 research presentations, all available to watch on the HSRUK website,  there’ll be something for everyone with an interest in health services and care research, and its use in policy and practice.

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    • 01 JUN 20
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    HSRAANZ Members Awarded NHMRC Investigator Grants

    Congratulations to the following HSRAANZ members awarded grants in this round. NHMRC Investigator grants provide researchers with flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed, to create innovative and creative research solving pressing health and medical problems.

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    • 01 JUN 20
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    HSRAANZ Webinar 18 June 2020 – Evaluation of the appropriateness and quality use of pathology in Australian general practice

    In our next webinar Professor Andrew Georgiou, from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University will present on a study undertaken by the Diagnostic Informatics team at the Australian Institution of Health Innovation in collaboration with Outcome Health’s POLAR Aurora Research Consortia including Gippsland, Eastern Melbourne and South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Networks (PHNs). The study was funded by the Australian Department of Health Quality Use of Pathology Program with the aim of providing benchmark data on how specific pathology tests are used in general practice and to investigate how test management practices align with evidence-based guidelines. The study provided findings about the use of key laboratory tests including glycated haemoglobin A1c, kidney function tests, ferritin tests for iron deficiency, vitamin D tests and prostate-specific antigen tests.

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    • 01 JUN 20
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    NEW Podcast – HSRAANZ Interview Series

    In the second in a new series of short podcast, the HSRAANZ President Professor Rachael Morton interviews Professor Suzanne Robinson, discipline leader for Health Systems and Health Economics at the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University and an executive member of the HSRAANZ. Suzanne’s research interests include decision making and priority setting in health, in particular the use of health data sets to produce an evidence base to inform resource allocation decisions. Here, Suzanne discusses her latest research using data analytics to identify and manage chronic kidney disease; a recent co-authored paper on the impact of consumer understanding of the security of personal data on the uptake of mobile health apps and how we manage the disruption being caused by the pandemic to health systems and health research.

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    • 31 MAY 20
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    The understaffing situation in Australian residential aged care facilities. 

    In a new MJA Podcast, HSRAANZ member Professor Kathy Eagar, Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong discusses the understaffing situation in Australian residential aged care facilities.  The Podcast accompanies her coauthored MJA Perspective published online on 1 June 2020.

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    • 27 MAY 20
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    Webinar Recording Now Available – Telehealth in the Post-COVID Era – presented by Prof Len Gray,  26 May 2020

    The COVID 19 epidemic has resulted in Medicare and state government support for telehealth activities in most areas of medical practice. This is resulting in practitioners receiving extensive exposure to telehealth, and has accelerated the establishment of necessary infrastructure. These arrangements may have benefits beyond the COVID period.  In this presentation, the opportunities for leveraging the current experience to create legacy arrangements to best support health practice into the future are considered.

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    • 25 MAY 20
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    Using developmental evaluation to enhance continuous reflection, learning and adaptation of an innovation platform in Australian Indigenous primary healthcare

    In this recently published paper, Jodie Bailie and colleagues outline the rationale for applying developmental evaluation to enhance the formation, functioning and outcomes of an innovation platform in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare. They do this by providing an overview of the innovation platform, explaining the fundamentals of a developmental evaluation, and describing the methods they used in implementing the developmental evaluation by assessing their approach against its essential principles.

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    • 25 MAY 20
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    Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund – Expressions of Interest now invited

    Further to the previous advice regarding the announcement of the Victorian Government’s investment of $8 million for COVID-19 research, Expression of Interest submissions are now being invited.

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    • 21 MAY 20
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    Collaboration to improve health of people living with mental illness.

    The NHMRC has called for applications to establish a national centre for innovation in mental health care as a collaborative network across Australia that will undertake innovative high quality implementation research to improve health outcomes and outlooks for people living with mental illness in defined areas of need. Funding of $10 million over 5 years is available, and minimum data is due by 24 June.

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    • 21 MAY 20
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    Victorian Government Announcement of COVID-19 Research Investment, including $1.8m for health services research

    The Victorian Government has announced a total package of $8.56m for COVID-19 funding that includes $1.8m for Health Services Research through partnerships with the Advanced Health Research Translation Centres at Monash University and the University of Melbourne and a range of leading health services. It also includes collaborations with Western Alliance (Deakin University and regional/rural health services) and Cochrane Australia’s work on “Living Evidence”.

    $560k has also been provided to look at the long term impacts on children and families in partnership with our corporate member Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

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