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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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Katherine Harding is a Senior Allied Health Research Fellow and  Allied Health Clinical Research Office,  with Eastern Health.  Her research interest include improving access, triage processes and patient flow in outpatient health settings.  Katherine is a key member of the HSRAANZ Executive.

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    • 25 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Weekend allied health services in rehabilitation – Recording Available

    This webinar presented by Prof Nicholas Taylor and Dr Natasha Brusco looked at research on provision of additional weekend rehabilitation services. A series of preliminary studies including systematic reviews, a national survey of practice, and a pilot study were conducted prior to completion of a large randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation inpatients allocated to either a 6-day rehabilitation service (Monday to Saturday) or to standard care (5-day rehabilitation service Monday to Friday).

    A recording is now available.

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    • 25 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – The Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Recording Available

    The recording of this webinar held on 18 May is now available. It features:

    Robin Osborn (Vice President and Director, The Commonwealth Fund) discussing how the Fellowship works, the program throughout the year, and eligibility

    Jane Hall (Director of Strategy, Centre for Health Economics and Research Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney) on he Fellowship and its relevance to Australian applicants.

    Robyn Whittaker (2010-11 New Zealand Harkness Fellow) discussing her Harkness Fellowship experience, her project, and how the Harkness Fellowship changed her life, personally and professionally.

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    • 22 MAY 17

    HCF Research Foundation Research Grants – 2017 Call for Expressions of Interest Now Open

    The HCF Research Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from research teams interested in funding for health services research to begin in 2017 that will drive improvements in the quality, safety, appropriateness and cost effectiveness of health care in Australia.

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    • 15 MAY 17

    2017 Awards & Prizes – Call for Nominations now open

    The call for nominations for the HSRAANZ Distinguished Investigator Awards and the Health Services and Policy Research Papers of the Year are now open. The call for nominations close on 31 July and the awards will be presented at the HSRAANZ Conference on 1-3 November.

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    • 15 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series 18 May – The Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Register Now!

    In this webinar Robin Osborn (vice president and director, The Commonwealth Fund) will discuss how the Fellowship works, the program throughout the year, and eligibility; David Squires (Senior Researcher, The Commonwealth Fund) will provide a brief overview of the U.S. health policy context; Jane Hall (Director of Strategy, Centre for Health Economics and Research Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney) will speak about the Fellowship and its relevance to Australian applicants; and Robyn Whittaker (2010-11 New Zealand Harkness Fellow) will discuss her Harkness Fellowship experience, her project, and how the Harkness Fellowship changed her life, personally and professionally.

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    • 15 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series 23 May – Weekend allied health services in rehabilitation – Still time to register!

    Still plenty of time to register for our webinar on 23 May 2017- 11am AEST. In this webinar Nicolas Taylor (Professor of Allied Health, La Trobe University and Eastern Health) and Natasha Brusco (Chief Physiotherapist at Cabrini Health) will present research on provision of additional weekend rehabilitation services. A series of preliminary studies including systematic reviews, a national survey of practice, and a pilot study were conducted prior to completion of a large randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation inpatients allocated to either a 6-day rehabilitation service (Monday to Saturday) or to standard care (5-day rehabilitation service Monday to Friday). The results demonstrated that compared to standard care inpatients allocated to receive the weekend service had a reduced length of hospital stay with greater likelihood of achieving clinically important improvements in functional independence and health-related quality of life during the admission. From the economic perspective this was likely to be a cost effective intervention.

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    • 10 MAY 17

    The Thinking that Drives Low Value Care

    In this blog Jason Soon, Senior Policy Officer (Health Economics), Policy & Advocacy, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians discusses the recent MJA article on “Countering cognitive biases in minimising low value care”

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    • 27 APR 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – 27 April 2017 – Bleeding hearts, profiteers or both? Understanding doctors’ fees in an unregulated market

    A video of this webinar is now available to view. Presented by Associate Professor Kees van Gool, Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, based at the University of Technology Sydney, the presentation focuses on the degree to which doctors use their freedom to set and differentiate their fees to different patients. .

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