The call for nominations for the HSRAANZ Distinguished Investigator Awards and the Health Services and Policy Research Papers of the Year are now open. The call for nominations close on 31 July and the awards will be presented at the HSRAANZ Conference on 1-3 November.Read more →
Has your health services research influenced policy change or impacted the research community? Have you experienced challenges in conducting health services research (HSR) or assessing its impact? We want to encourage health services researchers to tell us about their research.Read more →
HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Needs must: Changing the focus of workforce planning models. Recording Now Available
The slides and video from Dr Steve Birch’s webinar are now available. In his webinar Steve presented a new approach to health workforce planning that accommodates changes in population needs, changes in the services planned to address needs and changes in the way those services are to be delivered was presented. The approach provides an important input to policies aimed at addressing the continuing rapid increases in the costs of publicly funded health care systems and answering claims that such systems are no longer sustainable.Read more →
Review of Medical Homes Shows Reduction in Spending for High-Risk Patients, But Design and Implementation Matter
A recent meta-analysis of evaluation findings from 11 medical home initiatives revealed significant variation in health care use, costs, and quality. The study, published in Health Affairs, also found that the care model led to reductions in spending and improvements in breast cancer screening rates for high-need patients, lower use of specialist visits, and increased cervical cancer screening. In a new To the Point post on the Commonwealth Fund Website, authors Anna Sinaiko, David Meyers, and Meredith Rosenthal of the Harvard school of Public Health discuss their findings.Read more →
Dr Kim Dalziel, Senior Research Fellow from the Health Economics Unit in the Centre for Health Policy, has been awarded the Harkness Fellowship by the Commonwealth Fund. Kim will study how the health system supports children with special health care needs and how government can use private health insurance to achieve equity and efficiency objectives.Read more →
This week the Medical Journal of Australia published a paper and commentary that highlighted the huge variation in specialists’ fees and the associated out-of-pocket costs for patients. High specialist fees in this country, and what they mean for Australians’ access to healthcare, have been of concern for some time.
In this article from The Conversation A/Prof Lesley Russell argues that the inevitable questions about what can and could be done to address this can only be answered by looking at what fees are reasonable and why they have been allowed to grow at such disproportionately high rates.Read more →
A new report in the Medical Journal of Australia has found that there is a massive variation in the out-of-pocket payments patients make to medical specialists, both within a given discipline and from location to location.
The report co-authored by Professor Freed and Amy Allen from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health showed that the cost for patients could vary by up to 400 per cent within one speciality, but patients had no way of knowing whether the service would be better if they chose the more expensive option.Read more →
Australians pay more than $500 million a year too much for their prescription drugs, a new Grattan Institute report has found.
Cutting a better drug deal shows taxpayers and patients would pay less if the Federal Government made some simple changes to the way prices are set under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.Read more →
An NHMRC Forum that met in May 2016 to discuss research translation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to identify evidence practice and policy gaps has reported on priorities for action across the stages of the life course, from maternal and child health through to older adults.Read more →