An article from The Conversation on studies into the association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations and how such studies paint a powerful picture of health inequalities across neighbourhoods and cities. They also concisely communicate the importance of social determinants of health. More simply, they tell us that health starts where we live, work, learn and play.Read more →
Optimizing primary care research participation: a comparison of three recruitment methods in data-sharing studies.
This paper finds three approaches for recruiting practices to data-sharing studies, examining differences in recruitment levels and practice representativeness and concludes researchers should, with appropriate ethical safeguards, consider opt-out recruitment of practices for studies involving anonymized patient data sharing.Read more →
“We’re checking them out”: Indigenous and non-Indigenous research participants’ accounts of deciding to be involved in research
A paper examining the accounts of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous research participants in terms of how and why they agree to take part in research. The insights from this research can lead to research practice that is more respectful and responsive to the needs of Indigenous communities and abides by the values of Indigenous communities and more ethical and respectful research practice for all.Read more →
In a major forum hosted by The George Institute for Global Health on 19 February, key health sector thinkers, leaders and change makers from around the world gathered in Sydney to address maximising the impact of research on policy and practise for greater change.Read more →
An article from The Conversation by Bruce Baer Arnold A/Prof, School of Law, University of Canberra calling for an informed national discussion about pathology services and health priorities.Read more →
A paper published in Social Science and Medicine that describes the development of the SPIRIT Action Framework ‒a ‘field guide’ to help steer intervention studies designed to increase the use of research in policy.Read more →
In this news article from PHCRIS Professor Nick Graves, who is convening the 2017 HSRAANZ Conference to be held on the Gold Coast, talks about the need for a systems overhaul to achieve better value for money in health care services in Australia and how he hope to develop these ideas at the conference.Read more →
A new Grattan Institute report, Blood Money, published on 22 February argues, there is money to be saved in pathology and that this can be done in ways that don’t affect patient access to needed tests.
The report by Stephen Duckett argues that the government could save up to $175 million a year by changing the way it pays for pathology testing and negotiating a fairer share of efficiency savings with industry.Read more →
Dissemination of clinical trial results by leading academic medical centres in the United States remains poor, despite ethical obligations – and sometimes statutory requirements – to publish findings and report results in a timely manner, concludes a study in The BMJ this week.Read more →
This paper from The New Zealand Medical Journal looks at some of the interim independent expert commentary on the released TPPA text and concludes that the concerns are sufficiently serious that decisions on implementation and ratification should be delayed until full and more comprehensive independent analysis of health impacts is available for public and Parliamentary scrutiny.Read more →