Four future healthcare leaders are set to embark on research in areas ranging from exploring ways to ensure authentic Aboriginal voices are represented in the health system to the use of electronic health records alerts to keep patients safe, after being awarded 2016 HARC (Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration) scholarships.
The scholarships, which give researchers the opportunity to travel abroad to investigate areas of future health policy, were first awarded in 2010 and are available to employees of the HARC partner organisations: the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), Bureau of Health Information (BHI), Cancer Institute NSW, Office of Kids and Families, NSW Health and the Sax Institute. They aim to support future healthcare leaders to develop advanced skills in using research in policy making, as well as helping them develop connections to national and international experts in health services research.
Congratulations in particular to HSRAANZ member Dr Kim Sutherland who will focus on the issue of measuring and reporting of unwarranted clinical variation in order to support system improvement. Dr Sutherland, Director of Systems and Thematic Reports with the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), said she would be exploring how European countries’ experience could be applied to the NSW context.