The HCF Research Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from research teams interested in funding for health services research to begin in 2017 that will drive improvements in the quality, safety, appropriateness and cost effectiveness of health care in Australia.Read more →
While public hospital admissions are growing steadily and in pace with those to private hospitals, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that more patients are using private health insurance in hospitals.
The report, Admitted patient care 2015-16: Australian hospital statistics, shows that there were about 10.6 million admissions to Australia’s hospitals in 2015-16, with about 59% of these occurring in public hospitals.Read more →
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 →
HSRAANZ Webinar Series 18 May – The Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Register Now!
In this webinar Robin Osborn (vice president and director, The Commonwealth Fund) will discuss how the Fellowship works, the program throughout the year, and eligibility; David Squires (Senior Researcher, The Commonwealth Fund) will provide a brief overview of the U.S. health policy context; Jane Hall (Director of Strategy, Centre for Health Economics and Research Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney) will speak about the Fellowship and its relevance to Australian applicants; and Robyn Whittaker (2010-11 New Zealand Harkness Fellow) will discuss her Harkness Fellowship experience, her project, and how the Harkness Fellowship changed her life, personally and professionally.Read more →
HSRAANZ Webinar Series 23 May – Weekend allied health services in rehabilitation – Still time to register!
Still plenty of time to register for our webinar on 23 May 2017- 11am AEST. In this webinar Nicolas Taylor (Professor of Allied Health, La Trobe University and Eastern Health) and Natasha Brusco (Chief Physiotherapist at Cabrini Health) will present research on provision of additional weekend rehabilitation services. A series of preliminary studies including systematic reviews, a national survey of practice, and a pilot study were conducted prior to completion of a large randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation inpatients allocated to either a 6-day rehabilitation service (Monday to Saturday) or to standard care (5-day rehabilitation service Monday to Friday). The results demonstrated that compared to standard care inpatients allocated to receive the weekend service had a reduced length of hospital stay with greater likelihood of achieving clinically important improvements in functional independence and health-related quality of life during the admission. From the economic perspective this was likely to be a cost effective intervention.Read more →
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – Five policy briefs on new approaches to integrated care
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has issued five policy briefs on new approaches to integrated care. They consider: how to improve the design of integrated care for people with multimorbidity; how to make new models more applicable; and how to make implementation more effective.Read more →
This new research from the Nuffield Trust draws on an extensive literature review to assess the realism of the narrative that moving care out of hospital will save money. It explores five key areas: elective care, urgent and emergency care, admission avoidance and easier discharge, at risk populations, and self-care.Read more →
Simple reforms to Australia’s health system could help save more than $320 million a year on avoidable hospital admissions and provide better care for people with diabetes, asthma, heart disease and other chronic conditions, according to a new Grattan Institute report.Read more →