These awards recognise the best scientific published works in the field of health services and policy research.  Awards may be made for the following categories and an Australian and New Zealand winner may be selected in each category:

Best overall qualitative and quantitative papers

Best paper by an Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Papers must be related to the nominee’s post-doctoral research and not their PhD.

Early Career Researchers (ECR) are defined as researchers who have been awarded a PhD on or since 31st July 2012,  or (for those without a PhD) have had a research career spanning less than 8 years. Longer periods will be considered on application for candidates able to demonstrate a career disruption.

Best paper by a PhD Student

Papers must be related to PhD studies in Health Services Research

Applicants must be enrolled as a PhD student at end July 2017.

Eligibility and Nominations Instructions:

Submission can be a single study or a collection of studies, qualitative or quantitative, or a synthesis of existing data

Self-nomination is acceptable.

Candidates must be individual HSRAANZ Members or staff/students of a HSRAANZ corporate group, or nominated by an individual or corporate member.

Papers may have multiple authors, but the nominee must be the first author and their contribution to the paper must be declared.

Papers nominated for the best overall and ECR paper must have been published (including early view papers) in a peer-reviewed journal.

PhD student papers may be already published, accepted for publication or prepared in a format suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal.

Special consideration will be given to papers that produce new insights and have the potential to change current thinking.

Submission requirements

  • Completed Application Form (See below).
  • Copy of paper.
  • Declaration of nominee’s contribution to the paper.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged on the author’s demonstrated ability to:

  • Write clearly and concisely.
  • Presents logical arguments
  • Uses appropriate and sound methods
  • Shows how results are relevant to policy and practice
  • Demonstrates advancement of knowledge


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