The Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand was incorporated in Sydney in April 2001. It has been set up in response to a growing need to promote health services research in both Australia and New Zealand.
The purpose of the Association is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand.
The Association has grown over the years and now has a strong membership base of both individual health service researchers and corporate health services research groups, government departments and agencies. In recent years it has been able to employ an Executive Officer and as well as continuing to run a major health services research and policy conferences every two years it has been able to engage in a wider range of activities and opportunities for its members including early career workshops, special seminars, and its corporate member forums. The Association maintains a vibrant website and issues a regular newsletter and email bulletins highlighting the latest HSR news, events and career opportunities. Behind the scenes, the Executive is also working to promote health services research to research funding agencies and policymakers.
At our 2019 Annual General Meeting in Auckland Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand member Dr Kim O'Donnell who is a Malyankapa/Barkindji woman, mother and public health researcher read and explained the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart was endorsed by the Association.