• 31 MAY 16

    The Coalition’s Policy to Develop Australia’s Medical Research Capabilities

    In the run up to Election16 the Coalition has outlined its key commitments to science and research including providing providing over $650 million in the next four years to fund medical research priorities through the Medical Research Future Fund and the Biomedical Translation Fund.

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    • 31 MAY 16

    Interview with Professor Colette Browning, Director RDNS Institute

    We recently interviewed Professor Colette Browning, the Director of the RDNS Institute, our latest corporate member. The RDNS Institute has forged a unique place in the field of primary and community care research. By translating its research into improved services for its clients and the community, the Institute has grown a reputation for high impact community health and aged care service research. Its research assists clients to gain more independence, comfort and choice in relation to their healthcare and helps them to remain at home, living fuller and more satisfying lives.

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    • 27 MAY 16

    Slides and Video from our latest webinar on “Obesity and General Practice” now available

    This webinar jointly presented by Prof Jon Karnon and Jodi Gray (University of Adelaide) and Mark Harris (University of New South Wales) addressed: the issues around the management of obesity in primary care; what referral options are needed and the role that local health authorities and PHNs can play in developing these; and an opportunity to express an interest in involvement in further research in this area.

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    • 27 MAY 16

    Labor announces Policy for reforming the Australian Healthcare System

    A Media Release from Catherine King the Shadow Minister for Health announcing that a Shorten Labor Government will establish a permanent Australian Healthcare Reform Commission to assist all levels of government to continuously improve our healthcare system.

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    • 26 MAY 16

    Does the REF motivate or discourage research staff?

    Academics and policy advisers have given their verdict in a study exploring how the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) affects the day-to-day lives of scholars in the UK. The results are interesting in the light of the current Public Consultation for Engagement and Impact Assessment of universities and research disciplines and the review of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

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    • 26 MAY 16

    Commissioning and primary care

    The findings of a Sax Institute Evidence Check review on the topical issue of commissioning primary healthcare services recently published in the Australian Journal of Primary Health and a blog from Helen Dickinson on whether commissioning is underpinned by any significant substance. Both make interesting reading in the lead up to the Association’s Webinar on Commissioning and Primary Care to be held on 23 June. ( More information to follow.)

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    • 26 MAY 16

    Research impact: a narrative review

    In this article from BMC Medicine the authors review the strengths and limitations of six established approaches to measuring research impact (Payback, Research Impact Framework, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, monetisation, societal impact assessment, UK Research Excellence Framework) plus recently developed and largely untested ones (including metrics and electronic databases).

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    • 26 MAY 16

    100 Stories, 10 Years, 1 Transformation: A Recent History of NIHR’s Impacts on the Health Research Landscape

    The UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is ten years old. To mark the anniversary, RAND has taken stock of the benefits it has had on the health research landscape since its formation. This includes up to £1 billion a year in assorted programme, faculty, systems and infrastructure funding from the Department of Health for the past decade. There may be a message here for the Australian Government as it embarks on several reviews of the funding of health and medical research.

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    • 26 MAY 16

    Public Funding of Medical Research Pays for Itself

    A recent study by RAND Europe and partners the Kings College London, the Office of Health Economics and the University of York has provided evidence that public funding of medical research in the UK is money well spent. The study explored the medical research expenditure by government, charities and pharmaceutical companies in the UK between 1982 and 2012. It found that public and charity spending stimulates the private sector to spend more on R&D, not less. Each pound of public funding in medical research leads to an additional 99 pence investment in medical research from the private sector.

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    • 23 MAY 16

    Lancet Article on the key recommendations from the recent WHO world report on ageing and health

    An article published in the Lancet “The World report on ageing and health: a policy framework for healthy ageing” highlights key findings and recommendations from the recent WHO World report on ageing and health.

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