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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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Here we speak with Professor Tracy Merlin, Managing Director of Australian Health Technology Assessment, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide.

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    • 19 JAN 17

    Developing capacity and collaboration in HSR

    In this blog, the Association’s President Jon Karnon makes the case for an Australian HSR-related PhD program similar to the SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme currently running in Ireland to produce the health services researchers of the future.

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    • 13 JAN 17

    The current state of play of health services research across Australia and New Zealand – Interim Results of the HSRAANZ Review

    In December 2016 the HSRAANZ held a Symposium at the National Press Club Canberra. The theme for the day was Health Services Research – where to from here? A review of the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand. The morning session included a presentation on the current state of HSR, drawing on the interim results from a study commissioned by HSRAANZ and conducted by the University of Newcastle. Whilst some caution needs to be aired when interpreting the information presented (given the analysis is not yet complete), there are some interesting observations coming through.

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    • 13 JAN 17

    Right Care

    A Series of four papers and accompanying comments published in The Lancet examines the extent of overuse and underuse worldwide, highlights the drivers of inappropriate care, and provides a framework to begin to address overuse and underuse together to achieve the right care for health and wellbeing. The authors argue that achieving the right care is both an urgent task and an enormous opportunity.

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    • 15 DEC 16

    HSRAANZ President’s Wrap of 2016

    Our President, Jon Karnon, looks back at the Association’s activities and achievements in 2016. This has been a very productive and positive year for the Association and for HSR. A great deal of our year has been taken up with responding on behalf of the HSR community to the large number of consultations on health reform and research funding. Throughout the year we have been working hard to raise the profile of HSR and show its real world impact on healthcare and population health. Initiatives have included growing our HSR webinar series and HSR blog; commissioning research with Newcastle University into the state and potential of health services research in Australia and New Zealand; engaging with clinicians and policy makers at our end of year Symposium and AGM and recognising the best health services research through our HSR awards.

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    • 13 DEC 16

    Health and Self

    When women receive a breast cancer diagnosis they face choices not only about their immediate treatment but also about how to manage the risk of recurrence. For a growing number of women that involves surgery to remove a healthy breast. This study by Richard De Abreu Lourenco, of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS, which was nominated for the HSRAANZ Best PhD Prize, seeks to understand what factors influence this choice.

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    • 06 DEC 16

    Congratulations to our 2016 HSRAANZ Award Winners

    The best and most impactful health services research has been celebrated at the HSRAANZ Symposium and AGM in Canberra on 1 December. Leading researchers and policy makers gathered at the National Press Club to consider the future direction of health services research and heard from leading health services researchers about how their work is having real world impact. At the end of the event awards were made in the categories of Best Impact Project, Best Paper and Best PhD Student.

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    • 06 DEC 16

    New HSRAANZ Executive Committee

    Read about the Association’s new Executive Committtee announced at our AGM on 1 December 2016. And let our Executive Officer, Sarah Green know if you would like to get more actively involved with the work of the Association.

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    • 05 DEC 16
    Screening for important unwarranted variation in clinical practice: a triple-test of processes of care, costs and patient outcomes

    Screening for important unwarranted variation in clinical practice: a triple-test of processes of care, costs and patient outcomes

    Andrew Partington from the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide talks about his paper which won the HSRAANZ Best Quantitative Paper Award .

    Quality improvement initiatives in healthcare are not trivial pursuits. They require resources and engagement with clinicians and front line staff. Policy levers are needed to prioritise initiatives with the greatest ‘bang for buck’ to reduce the risk of seemingly ‘inefficient policy’ being scrapped.

    Andrew’s paper presents a case study of a practicable approach to using routinely collected data to compare risk-adjusted costs, outcomes and processes across providers and patient sub-groups. Such analyses improve on the use of singular, non-adjusted measures of performance to identify priority areas for non-trivial investments in time and financial resources to improve service quality.

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  • 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 , .

    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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