• 30 AUG 16

    Health Care Homes Trial Sites Announced

    The Federal Government has named the 10 regions around the country where trials will be held of its new Health Care Homes model for patients with chronic illness.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program – HSRAANZ Survey Results and Submission

    To inform its submission to the Structural Review of the NHMRC’s Grant Program the HSRAANZ undertook an online survey of health services researchers’ views on the three possible alternative models to the existing grant program. The survey report and our submission to the NHMRC can be read here.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    The organisational benefits of a strong research culture in a health service

    A systematic review published in Australian Health Review sheds light what impact investments that contribute to a research culture have on organisational performance of health services. Do research activities distract from clinical care, reducing efficiency and productivity? Or conversely, do they have benefits for health service organisations? For example, can a strong research culture lead to a more stimulating workplace that attracts and retains quality staff and encourages the uptake of evidence based practice, with flow on benefits for improved service delivery?

    The results provide evidence that a positive research culture and interventions directed at the health workforce are associated with patient, staff and organisational benefits. However, questions remain about the nature of this association, and more evidence is needed to help managers and policy makers to determine the return on investment in activities that contribute to a research culture.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    Significant differences in use of linked hospital data for research in Australia: NSW and WA leading the way

    A recent paper, Growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: a systematic review, published in the Australian Health Review highlighted large variations in the use of hospital data linkage for health services research purposes across Australian states. 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 (see attached figure). The paper also highlighted the lack of publications utilising multi-state data through data linkage which could indicate the presence of significant barriers in conducting cross-jurisdictional research. There have been significant investments to build up Australia’s data linkage capabilities and in establishing a data linkage unit in each state. Given that appropriate infrastructure is now in place, it is important to identify and overcome the barriers limiting the gains from this investment and to start maximising the potential of using linked data in health services research.

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    • 22 AUG 16

    Ten of the Best NHMRC Research Projects 2015

    The top picks includes HSRAANZ member Professor Louisa Jorm’s project “INDIGENOUS HEALTH: UNDERSTANDING THE HEALTH GAP”. Professor Jorm linked and scrutinised the vast data held by modern healthcare systems to understand the factors influencing disadvantage for Indigenous Australians. This important research will translate into better disease prevention and patient care for Indigenous Australians, as well as more effective health care spending.

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    • 12 AUG 16

    Save the Date – Canadian HSR Conference (2017)

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    • 04 AUG 16

    Congratulations to HSRAANZ Member Suzanne Robinson – PHCRIS BEST POSTER AWARD

    Suzanne Robinson’s poster “Multidisciplinary partnerships to facilitate sexual health testing in young people” won the PEOPLE’S CHOICE POSTER PRIZE

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    • 02 AUG 16

    Clinical commissioning: GPs in charge?

    The Nuffield Trust’s report Clinical commissioning: GPs in charge? looks at what has been learnt in the last three years – including strategies to overcome challenges and identification of the main barriers to effective involvement – and makes recommendations for the future.

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    • 02 AUG 16

    Is bigger better? Lessons for large-scale general practice

    This research report from the Nuffield Trust is drawn from a 15-month study of large-scale general practice organisations in England. The study examined the factors affecting their evolution and their impact on quality, staff and patient experience. It was informed by an extensive literature review, which will be published separately, and combined national surveys with in-depth case studies of contrasting, large-scale general practice organisations and analysis of 15 quality indicators.

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    • 02 AUG 16

    Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Exemplars from the Field

    The first in a series of case studies from The Commonwealth Fund profiling innovative programs designed to address the needs of America’s high-need, high-cost patients, looks at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Medical House Calls Program, which participates in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Independence at Home Demonstration and relies on geriatricians, nurse practitioners, and social workers to make house calls to frail elders who are unable to make it into the doctor’s office.

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