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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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Our latest member interview is with Sophie Hickey, a Postdoctoral Research Officer at Mater Health.   Sophie currently manages a large longitudinal cohort study of Indigenous mothers and children designed to provide feedback to local service providers on best practice maternity care. The Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting Study is an NHMRC-funded five-year multi-methods evaluation of a new model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families: Birthing in Our Community. It is a partnership between the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Ltd, and the Mater Mothers Hospital. Four years in and the new model is proving popular with women and families and improving maternal and infant health outcomes.

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    • 09 AUG 18

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Improving the Delivery of Value-Based Personalized Cancer Care Services: Linking HTA and Health Services Research

    In our next webinar on 5 September, Maarten J. IJzerman a VCCC professor and head of Cancer Health Services Research in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne will examine challenges in Health Technology Assessment of precision medicine applications in oncology. In his presentation he will introduce opportunities and barriers of providing value-based cancer services and discuss the potential of real-world data and data-sciences to improve high-quality cancer services. 

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    • 09 AUG 18

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Health Care Regulation: Time for a Fundamental Reset? Video now available.

    This presentation by Steven Lewis, President, Access Consulting Ltd identified a number of contemporary health care challenges and posed the question of whether historical regulatory structures and practices need to change to make a greater contribution to quality improvement. A video is now available to view.

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    • 08 AUG 18

    NESTA Report – The Biomedical Bubble: Why UK research and innovation needs a greater diversity of priorities, politics, places and people

    An interesting new report by Nesta sets out why and how the UK needs to escape the biomedical bubble if it is to realise the potential of new investment in research and development and may have some lessons for Australia and New Zealand .

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    • 06 AUG 18

    Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

    The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom—to apply for an opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a  Fellows work with leading U.S. experts to study health care delivery reforms and critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries.

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    • 30 JUL 18

    New Grattan Institute report – Mapping Primary Care in Australia

    Primary care policy needs an overhaul to ensure all Australians — especially the poor and the elderly — get the best possible health care, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

    Mapping primary care in Australia shows many poorer Australians can’t afford to go to a GP when they need to or a dentist when they should, and people in rural and remote areas find it too hard to get to a pharmacist or medical specialist.

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    • 26 JUL 18

    A Reminder to have your say on the MRFF – 2018-2020 Priorities.

    The independent Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) is interested in hearing reflections on the first set of MRFF Priorities, the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2016-2018, and how the next set of Priorities should extend or reset the direction of the MRFF.

    We encourage health services researchers to submit a responses to AMRAB and to send a copy of that response and/or your views to to inform the HSRAANZ response and wider discussion.

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    • 24 JUL 18

    Australian Health Research Alliance

    Nine NHMRC-accredited centres have come together in a national alliance to improve the health of Australians through collaboration for faster, outcome-driven research. The Australian Health Research Alliance (the Alliance) is there to ensure health service led, priority driven and co-designed collaborative research to improve healthcare.

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    • 12 JUL 18

    2019 HRC merging Researcher First Grants opening soon

    Registrations and applications open for the HRC’s 2019 Emerging Researcher First Grants on 20 July. Up to a maximum of $250,000 for three years is available.

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