• 22 JUN 17

    2017 Awards & Prizes – Reminder Call for Nominations closing 31 July

    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. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their contribution to Health Services Research or has produced an outstanding paper health services or policy research paper. Nominate Now!

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    • 22 JUN 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – An introduction to the GRADE approach in systematic reviews and guideline development – 18 July

    In this short webinar A/Professor Zachary Munn Director Transfer Science, Joanna Briggs Institute and Director JBI Adelaide GRADE Center will provide an introduction to the GRADE approach in systematic reviews, health technology assessment and in developing trustworthy clinical guidelines.

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    • 22 JUN 17

    Evidence based medicine manifesto for better healthcare

    The BMJ and the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine have collaborated on Evidence Live, a yearly conference designed to “develop, disseminate, and implement better evidence for better healthcare.” They have developed the EBM manifesto for better health. A roadmap for how to achieve the listed priorities and to share the lessons from achievements already made. Its aim is to complement and unite existing efforts as well as create new ones. Read more in this BMJ Editorial.

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    • 22 JUN 17

    ‘Will It Work Here?’: Health Systems Need Contextual Evidence Before Adopting Innovations

    A recent Health Affairs article, from Elizabeth McGlynn and Mark McClellan noted that health systems innovations often fail to meet expectations, particularly when they are spread from the initial site that piloted the innovation. McGlynn and McClellan pointed to the absence of evidence as to what makes these innovations work as a source of these failures and encouraged health systems to evaluate innovations. In addition to the critical role evidence plays in making decisions of whether to adopt an innovation, health systems factor in other important criteria. This HealthAffairs Blog addresses an important component of innovation diffusion – whether to adopt an innovation.

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    • 22 JUN 17

    Improving health outcomes, wellbeing and equity for refugee background women, children and families

    This week is Refugee Week – a celebration of the contribution refugees make to our country, and to help raise awareness about issues affecting refugees.

    Through their research, or Corporate Member the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Refugee and Migrant Health Research Program is working to find ways to improve health outcomes, wellbeing and equity for refugee background women, children and families. Their Group Pregnancy Care project is trialling a new way of providing antenatal care to refugee background women and children to encourage a culturally safe, healthy start to life – and this is just one of their groundbreaking projects!

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    • 22 JUN 17

    The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report

    The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) has today released a new report showing how public hospitals and ambulance services in NSW performed in the January to March 2017 quarter.

    BHI Acting Chief Executive, Dr Kim Sutherland, said the Healthcare Quarterly report is the first time that NSW Ambulance data will be regularly reported for NSW and 18 ambulance zones.

    “These new ambulance measures help build a more comprehensive picture of emergency care provided to people in NSW,” Dr Sutherland said.

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    • 22 JUN 17

    Academics fear the value of knowledge for its own sake is diminishing

    Research looking at academics’ emotions in response to the impact agenda – both in the UK and Australia has confirmed that while pockets of the academic community are deeply concerned about an impact agenda – both in terms of funding and assessment – these reactions do not reflect a lack of willing or sense of duty. Rather academics want to see disciplinary diversity respected and this reflected in terms of research policy. Read more in this article from The Conversation.

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    • 21 JUN 17

    New Zealand joins a growing global conversation

    New Zealand-based academics or researchers doing work that’s relevant to a broad, global audience, are being encouraged to register and “pitch” articles following the appointment of the first New Zealand Editor of The Conversation.

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    • 20 JUN 17

    State Health Budgets

    A look at how health has fared in the 2017-18 State Budget announcements.  

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    • 20 JUN 17

    Co-accountability in Indigenous program evaluation and service delivery

    In this article for Croakey Sarah Hudson a Research Fellow and Manager of the Indigenous Research Program at the Centre for Independent Studies argues that adopting a co-accountability approach to Indigenous program evaluation and service delivery would help to ensure organisations receiving government funding are held accountable for how they have spent the money and whether programs achieve their desired outcomes, and government agencies are held accountable for monitoring whether organisations are meeting their objectives and working with them to improve their practices if they are not. The article also proposes that if the government is serious about closing the gaps in Indigenous outcomes then it must start making policy decisions based on actual evidence not ideology.

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