About the HSRAANZ

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.


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The objects of the Association are to encourage and promote the development and conduct of health services research, in order to promote improved health services delivery and improved health; and in particular to:

  • Promote the development of sustainable capacity in the field of health services research;
  • Facilitate and promote communication and collegiality among researchers engaged in health services research;
  • Facilitate and promote the regular exchange of views across researchers and policymakers, managers, clinicians and other interested parties;
  • Promote the education and development of researchers and others working in health services research;
  • Encourage the development of strategically important research;
  • Promote excellence in health services research.
  • Advocate for appropriate levels of funding for health services research in Australia and New Zealand.

What is HSR?

Health Services Research (HSR) is a multi-disciplinary research activity with an implicit objective of improving the health services patients receive. Thus it is an area of applied rather than 'basic' research - it uses theories of human behaviour from contributing disciplines, along with evidence from the medical sciences, to generate and test hypotheses about the delivery of health care.

Improvement of health services has many dimensions: better quality care (including care that is effective, timely and appropriate), more accessible care, more equal distribution of health gains from health services, safer care, and improved efficiency, both allocative and technical, in the provision of health care.

HSR differs from single-discipline research in that it seeks to understand these dimensions from multiple perspectives. It calls on knowledge from the contributing direct service disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, and psychology to understand dimensions of effectiveness, quality and safety of direct care in all its forms. It calls on the disciplines of psychology, sociology, political science, management science and health economics, to understand the social dimensions of care: access, distribution, timeliness, efficiency.

While HSR shares a concern for improvement of health services with practitioners of 'big-P' health policy (health ministers, senior bureaucrats), it is distinguished by its emphasis on a research basis for policy, in contrast to big-P policy practitioners who must consider expedient policy solutions and electoral support. HSR is underpinned by a belief that systematic investigation of health services, and the systems in which they are provided, is helpful in improving health outcomes.

The focus on services is what distinguishes HSR from other multidisciplinary health research activities. Population health (and most of 'public health') rightly focuses on the antecedents to ill-health and explanations for the distribution of health and disease. 'Public health' is historically an amalgam of population-based measures (eg, sanitation) and individual health services (eg, immunisation), but public health research is usually not principally 'service' focussed.

The audience for HSR extends across a broad spectrum, from innovators in bioscience to experts in indigenous health. Practitioners and researchers share an interest in understanding how health services contribute to their own domains and how they can be improved to increase the welfare of society more generally.

Other Definitions of Health Services Research

US Department of Health Services 


Executive Committee


Rachael Morton - Presdent

Laura Wilkinson-Meyers- Vice President

Katherine Harding

Katherine Harding - Secretary


Megan Campbell - Treasurer

Suzanne Robinson - Ordinary Member

Janet McDonald - Ordinary Member

Julie Redfern- Ordinary Member

Emmanuel Gnanamanickam - Ordinary Member


Jon Karnon Past President

Ergo Rep - Braden Te Ao

Alison Pearce - Public Officer

ERGO Rep - Tilley Pain

Executive Officer - Sarah Green


Corporate Groups

Centre for Health Systems & Technology, University of Otago

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute

For more information on how to become a Corporate Member, visit our membership page  or talk to our Executive Officer.

The Associaiton currently has two Special Interest groups (SIGs) which  provide a way for health services researchers with shared interests and expertise to participate in the development of specialist interests, exchange views, disseminate information, provide support, promote research, develop professional skills and organise activities such as workshops at the HSRAANZ Biennial Conference.  Please contact Sarah Green if you are interested in establishing a special interest group.

Special Interest Groups final

Emerging Researchers' Group

Indigenous Health Services Research Special Interest Group

July 2019

HSRAANZ Submission to AIHW Consultation on National Primary Health Care Data Asset

HSRAANZ Submission


April 2019

HSRAANZ  Submission to the final consultation on New Zealand's first prioritisation vehicle for health research

HSRAANZ Submission 

In 2017, the first 10-year New Zealand Health Research Strategy was released, with 4 strategic priorities, the first of which is to “invest in excellent health research that addresses the health needs of all New Zealanders.” Four actions support this priority, beginning with “prioritise investments through an inclusive priority-setting process.” To this end, a discussion document was released in September 2018 and a further consultation document in March 2019. After feedback has been analysed, the final prioritisation model will be published in June 2019 and health research funders including the HRC, the Ministry of Health, MBIE and the National Science Challenges will then be required to prioritise their funding in line with the model.

The most recent consultation document can be found at http://www.hrc.govt.nz/sites/default/files/Consultation%20Document%20-%20March%202019_0.pdf HSRAANZ made a submission which you can read here.

We were particularly pleased to see the support for health services research and the strong focus on equity in the revised document. It will be important to see these now translate into future funding opportunities.

March 2018

HSRAANZ A Snapshot of the health services research community and its impact: are we demonstrating value?

Interested in discussing this work in more detail? Please contact: elizabeth.fradgley@newcastle.edu.au

In 2016, the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) commissioned a University of Newcastle team led by Dr Elizabeth Fradgley to explore the funding and impact of the health services research community. Over 400 health services researchers provided details on their projects, the barriers experienced in conducting multidisciplinary health services research, and their views on how to enhance the impact of their work. The study findings have just been published in the Australian Health ReviewRead More

Read the full paper at: https://www.publish.csiro.au/AH/AH18213

View our full infographic of the key findings https://infograph.venngage.com/ps/vo4N6pM74pw/state-of-hsr-research

August 2018

HSRAANZ  Submission - The Medical Research Future Fund 2018-2020 Priorities Consultation


In July/August 2018 the independent Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) conducted a national consultation to inform the development of the second set of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities (Priorities) for 2018-2020.

AMRAB was interested in hearing reflections on the first set of MRFF Priorities and how the next set of Priorities should extend or reset the direction of the MRFF.   They sought views on a number of specific questions:

1.    Are there any outstanding Priorities from 2016-2018 that need to be extended or re-emphasised?
2.    What are the unaddressed gaps in knowledge, capacity and effort across the healthcare continuum and research pipeline?
3.    What specific priority or initiatives can address any of the above deficits?
4.    How can current research capacity, production and use within the health system be further strengthened through the MRFF?
5.    Free text commentary with reference to the Discussion Paper.

The Medical Research Future Fund 2018-2020 Priorities Consultation Discussion Paper

April 2017

HSRAANZ  submission to SA Health’s draft strategic framework – Research Focus 2020.


In early 2017 SA Health undertook consultation on a draft strategic framework to support health and medical research in South Australia.

The draft Research Focus 2020 (PDF 135KB)(opens in a new window) documents was developed following extensive consultation with the South Australian health and medical research sector.

SA Health stated:

"SA Health recognises the important role of health and medical research in driving advances in health care delivery, policy and decision making and delivering significant benefits to the broader community.

South Australia is investing strongly in the Health and Biomedical Precinct in the West End of Adelaide, built on a strong partnership between the:

  • South Australian Government
  • South Australian universities
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • private sector.

It is imperative, therefore, that SA Health is able to identify the value proposition of health and medical research, and to establish appropriate strategic priorities that can inform further activity to foster a strong and innovative health and medical research sector in South Australia."

The final Research Focus 2020 document is expected to be released in mid-2017.

Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program – HSRAANZ Survey Results and Submission

To inform its submission to the Structural Review of the NHMRC's Grant Program the HSRAANZ  undertook an online survey of health services researchers’ views on the three possible alternative models to the existing grant program.  The survey was completed by 50 individuals: 18 SRs (36%), 11 MCRs (22%), and 21 ECRs (42%). The responses were analysed quantitatively and qualitatively to inform the responses to the consultation questions.

Summary of key messages from HSRAANZ survey respondents
A consistent theme within respondents’ qualitative feedback was the inability to provide an informed opinion on the relative advantages of the three alternative models. The lack of detail within the Consultation Paper was noted as a major concern for many individuals, with many suggesting there is need for modelling or evidence on the advantages of each approach (Box 4). This lack of detail may have also led to some respondents’ belief that these alternative models are similar to the existing NHMRC structural approaches and will not achieve change. Furthermore, individuals reported some difficulty in determining the differences between the models; this was evidenced in the number of individuals who could not easily allocate rankings across the three models.

Overall, Alternative Model 1 was ranked first in the following four NHMRC objectives: reduce grant preparation time; encourage ECR and MCR progress; balance safe and innovative research; and provide opportunity across career stages. Alternative Model 3 was also ranked first in the four NHMRC objectives: reduce grant review times; balance health and medical research; provide funding support for health service research; and encourage translation of health service research into policy and practice. It is important to note, that Alternative Model 2 was not ranked first in any of the reviewed NHMRC objectives.

There was also conflicting feedback on the value of each structural approach in relation to achieving a balance between ECR, MCR and SR career stages. This balance was also discussed in relation to the size of the applicants’ research institutions; with those SRs within large centres likely to receive an inequitably higher proportion of research funds, while ECRs within smaller teams less likely to benefit from the opportunity to participate in applications.

HSRAANZ NHMRC Structural Review Survey Results

HSRAANZ Submission

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey and Dr Elizabeth Fradgley who prepared the final report.

Results of the HSRAANZ Data Availability Survey

The report of the HSRAANZ's survey on data availability has been submitted to the Productivity Commission.

Overall, key messages from HSRAANZ survey respondents were:

  • Imperative to improve the speed and ease in accessing data, to provide more up-to-date and relevant information for policy and practice to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Need to improve timeliness for approval and delivery of data, both for non-linked and linked datasets.
  • Potential to improve streamlining of processes to reduce delays and prevent duplication of effort, by researchers and data custodians.
  • Suggestions to improve standardisation and centralisation for cross-jurisdictional data linkage, to reduce duplication of same requirements with multiple gatekeepers.
  • Acknowledgment that access to linked data has been steadily improving.
  • Many examples provided by HSRAANZ survey participants of research projects with high impact and benefits, which highlights why access and use of data is important.

The full report can be viewed here.

Australian Medical Research and Innovation - Five Year Strategy

June 2016

HSRAANZ Submission

NHMRC Public Consultation - Principles of Peer Review

February 2013

Full Report

Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research - Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand.

October 2012

Full Report

Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research - Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand.

March 2012

Full Report

Celebrating the Achievements of Health Services Research in Australia and New Zealand 2001-2011

This publication represents the tangible celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand. Bringing together a set of papers looking back over the past 10 years in terms of both research and policy seems a fitting means of commemoration for an Association whose purpose 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.

Full Report


Facilitating Access to Routine Data for Research Benefiting Australian People


Full Report

National health reform needs strategic investment in health services research

Jane P Hall and Rosalie C Viney

Med J Aust 2008; 188 (1): 33-35.
  • With new funding for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to provide an evidence base for policy and practice reform, it is timely to revisit Australia’s recent experiences with health services research and policy development.

  • We provide a broad review of the contribution of Australian health services research to the development of health policy over the past 20 years.

  • We conclude that three preconditions are necessary to influence policy:

    • political will;

    • sustained funding to encourage methodological rigour and build decisionmakers’ confidence; and

    • the development of sufficient capacity and skills.


Assessing the capacity of the health services research community in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand Health Policy20052:4  DOI: 10.1186/1743-8462-2-4


The conclusions of a web-based survey was administered to members of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) and delegates of the HSRAANZ's Third Health Services Research and Policy Conference.

Health services research: saviour or chimera?

The Lancet

Volume 349, Issue 9068, 21 June 1997, Pages 1834–183

Prof Nick BlackFFPHMa

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How the NHMRC could support more research and increase its value

Summary: In this article from Croakey the HSRAANZ President Jon Karnon discusses the NHMRC’s review of its grant application processes and argues that if new drugs and medical services have to demonstrate their value before attracting a public subsidy then so too should medical research. Opinion Piece


A global push to develop more effective funding for Indigenous health services

Summary: Could “reciprocal accountability” – a concept based upon a more equitable distribution of power between governments and Indigenous peoples – help to liberate Indigenous health services globally from the red tape imposed by governments (as outlined in Australia in the 2011 publication, The Overburden Report)?

These and related discussions about new models for commissioning Indigenous health services were canvassed at the recent Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Melbourne (#HSR15). Croakey Article


Are we making the best of data to improve health care?

Summary: Whether it’s big or small, linked or discrete, qualitative or quantitative – data is at the centre of all health services research and has been a key theme of the #HSR15 conference in Melbourne this week.

A number of presentations demonstrated new and innovative ways of using data to challenge commonly held assumptions about the health system and to generate solutions to challenging problems. Croakey Article


At a time of “reform fatigue” some timely advice for primary healthcare

Summary: Researchers identified many challenges and opportunities for the never-ending cycles of primary healthcare reform at the recent Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Melbourne (#HSR15). Croakey Article


A portrait of the complex factors affecting patients’ care, from Canada to Australia

Summary:  As well as having universal health systems, Australia and Canada have a shared history as Commonwealth nations with similar federal democratic political systems and many common cultural and geographical characteristics.

Given these similarities, it is not surprising that the Australian and Canadian health systems are facing similar challenges.

The role of health services research in meeting these challenges was explored at a symposium at #HSR15 that focused on comparing the performance of the Australian and Canadian health systems with respect to cost-related access and timeliness and equity for vulnerable populations.  Croakey Article

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Some pointed advice for health services researchers from leaders in the field

The private health sector and many other areas of Australia’s health system are under-researched, and offer ripe pickings for health services researchers, according to presentations at the #HSR15 conference in Melbourne.

In addition to Professor Kathy Eagar’s advice that all early career health services researchers should “get out of your university and go and work in a health service”, other experienced researchers have plenty of pointed suggestions for the field.  Croakey Article

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How do we assess value for money in Health Care.

Summary: This Fact Sheet from the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand explains how economic evaluation and the incremental cost per Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) gained inform decisions about the value, and the funding of new health technologies and services.  Fact Sheet


Getting value from the MBS Review?

Summary: This Opinion Piece from the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand argues that, if the MBS Review is to be an agent of improving quality and value in healthcare (not just cutting costs), we need to develop robust methods of evaluating the patient outcomes of any changes made. Opinion Piece

Improving the efficiency of the health care system: what can Australia learn from Canada and the UK?

Summary: In the midst of tighter budgets, and increasing demand for health care, the pressure is on both Federal and State governments to be more efficient and effective with the allocation of limited health care resources. This opinion piece looks at the lessons from Canada and the United Kingdom and concludes that taking a more explicit approach to priority setting and disinvestment that includes relevant stakeholder groups can lead to successful service redesign and disinvestment activity. Opinion Piece

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Developing capacity and collaboration in HSR?

Health services research is a key priority area for the Medical Research Future Fund, but from where will the health services researchers come that are able to design and implement the required research?  Opinion Piece


Health Services Research: it won’t cure cancer, but it will get better value from today’s services

In this opinion piece originally posted on the Croakey Blog HSRAANZ President Jon Karnon and Professor Nicholas Graves explain why health services research will deliver value for the medical research dollar.  Opinion Piece


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ERGO Rep Braden Te Ao



Braden is a lecturer and Health Economist based in Health Systems section of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. His interest includes access, quality and efficiency of health care services. Braden has a  strong interests in evaluating the cost effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing health disparities for vulnerable populations. He has published research on economic evaluations including a cost of illness study for traumatic brain injury, cost effectiveness evaluation of new drugs and technologies (e.g., genetic testing for patients with acute coronary syndrome, tiotropium treatment for bronchiectasis patients) and cost effectiveness of existing health services (e.g., hospital based services for stroke).

Past president Jon Karnon
HSRAANZ President: Jon Karnon

HSRAANZ President: Jon Karnon



BA(Hons) (Leeds), MSc Health Economics (York), PhD (Brunel University)


Jon’s broad research interest is around the use of economic evaluation to inform decisions across the health system, i.e. not just for the funding of new pharmaceuticals and medical services.

College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University (March 2019-current)

School of Public Health, University of Adelaide (September 2007- March 2019)

Health Economics and Decision Analysis section, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield (2002-2007)

Health and Safety Laboratory, Sheffield (2001-2002)

Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University (1995-2001)


Vice President: Laura Wilkinson-Meyers

Laura Wilkinson-Meyers


BA (Cornell), MSc (LSE), PhD(Auckland)


Dr Laura Wilkinson-Meyers is the Vice President of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ). She has been a member of the Association since 2007 when she joined as a PhD student and contributed to the development of the Early Career Researcher activities of the Association.  

Originally from the United States, Dr Wilkinson-Meyers is the Academic Director of the School of Population Health and a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research with over 15 years experience in the field.  Laura earned a Master of Health Policy, Planning and Financing (HPPF) from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and received her PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland. Her PhD thesis estimated the additional costs of disability for disabled people and their families and whānau in New Zealand and formed the foundation of a new programme of disability-related health services research in the School of Population Health. Recent work has investigated the primary care experiences of people with lived experience of disability in New Zealand (Access & Quality in Primary Care), the barriers and enablers to health and social support experienced by disabled Pacific children, youth and their families (Talanga Project), the long term recovery experiences of people with a traumatic brain injury (The TBI Experiences Study), and the development of a toolkit for people with neurological conditions to support better access to care (The Living Well Toolkit). 

Dr Wilkinson-Meyers is an award-winning teacher who leads courses on health systems and health services organisation, funding and analysis as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and Master of Health Leadership programmes in the School of Population Health.  She regularly supervises honours, masters and PhD students interested in HSR projects related to understanding and improving the equity, accessibility, quality and efficiency of health and social services with a particular focus on marginalised or underserved groups.

Treasurer: Margaret Kelaher

PhD, (UNSW) BSc(Psych), (UNSW)


Margaret Kelaher is Director of the Centre for Health Policy, School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne. Margaret has established an international reputation in the design and evaluation of initiatives to improve to improve health equity. Her work has a unique focus, bringing an action oriented and intervention based approach to understanding complex social issues and informing theory and health policy. Examples include improving the quality of care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving health literacy and the cultural competency of health professionals, anti-racism interventions for young people and place-based initiatives to reduce health disadvantage among children and adults. She has attracted over $20 million in funding through competitive grants and has published over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and 125 books and reports. Her achievements have been recognised with an NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship, unanimous appointment to the Faculty at Columbia University, Australian Young Tall Poppy award, NHMRC Career Development award, VicHealth senior research fellowship and an ARC Future fellowship.

Secretary: Kim Dalziel

Kim Dalziel – Secretary


PhD, (South Australia), M.Health.Econ (Curtin), B.Health.Sc (hons)(Adelaide)


Dr Kim Dalziel joined the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne in January 2013. She is the recipient of a McKenzie Fellowship which has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University in areas of research priority for the university and its faculties, and in particular to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.

Prior to that she held a position as a Senior Research Fellow for 5 years with the Health Economics and Social Policy Group at the University of South Australia and a Research Fellow for 5 years at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, She spent 2 years from 2001 to 2003 as a Research Fellow at the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group at the University of Exeter in the UK. Her formal qualifications include a B. Health Science (hons), a Master of Health Economics and a PhD in Health Economics (awarded February 2011).

Ordinary member, Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson, Curtin University


PhD, (Birmingham), M.Sc (Birmingham), B.Sc (Birmingham)


Professor Suzanne Robinson is discipline leader for Health, Policy and Management at the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.

Suzanne was previously based at the University of Birmingham in the UK and joined Curtin University in 2012. Suzanne is an experienced health services researcher who has a background in health economics and health care policy management. She has designed, delivered and evaluated a range of management and leadership programmes for health care managers and clinicians, and has been involved in personal and organisation development activities for a number of public and private sector health care organisations. Suzanne is also co-editor of the Journal of Health Organisation and Management (JHOM).

Ordinary member, Sallie-Anne Pearson
 Sallie-Anne Pearson

Sallie-Anne Pearson, University of Sydney


BSc (Hons) PhD


Sallie is a health service researcher and behavioural scientist with more than 15 years of experience in quality use of medicines research. Her interests include prescriber behaviour change, post-market surveillance of medicines and evaluating the impact of pharmaceutical policy interventions. Sallie completed her doctoral training at the University of Newcastle, Australia (1998) and her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Policy at Harvard Medical School (2000-2001). On her return to Australia she worked as a consultant to the WHO Collaborating Centre in Pharmaceutical Policy Boston and Medicare Australia. She established the Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaceutical Policy Research Group in 2006 and joined the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney in 2012. She is currently a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow.

Ordinary member, Esther Willing
Esther Willing

Esther Willing, University of Auckland




Esther Willing (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Koata, Nga Ruahine) is a lecturer in Māori health and health policy at the University of Auckland.  She is located in Te Kupenga Haora Māori in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and her research interests include health policy, health systems and improving health services.  In particular, she has a strong interest in understanding how policy can address indigenous health inequities.  She has recently completed her PhD through the University of Auckland and her doctoral thesis examined the implementation of the immunisation health target within the New Zealand health system

Sarah Green (Executive Officer)
Sarah Green

Sarah Green, HSRAANZ c/o CHERE, UTS


BA, (Sussex), MSC(Southbank) 


Sarah has a career spanning leadership and senior executive positions across not for profit, local government, healthcare and higher education in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Sarah has advised heads of government, local government and universities and provided stewardship for industry, local government and health associations.   

Sarah’s strengths lie in managing change during large scale internal and external restructuring and reorganisation. Sarah provides a visionary, practical and collaborative approach to achieving outcomes. Sarah has managed large-scale complex projects at a national, state and organisational level and is talented at ensuring commitment from partner organisations.    She has strong financial acumen, having successfully managed large budgets in various sectors. 

Sarah has experience of working with researchers and using her research knowledge to advocate for evidence-based policy to address community and health sector needs and effective, safe, equitable and efficient health care.

Sarah has strong event management, marketing and IT skills. 

Ordinary member, Adam Elshaug

Adam Elshaug, University of Sydney


BA; BSc(Hons); MPH; PhD


Professor Adam Elshaug, M.P.H., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized researcher and policy advisor specializing in reducing waste and optimizing value in health care. He is Professor of Health Policy, HCF Research Foundation Professorial Research Fellow, and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at The University of Sydney. He also Heads the Value in Health Care Division within MCHP, is Senior Fellow with the Lown Institute in Boston, a ministerial appointee to the (Australian) Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, a member of the Choosing Wisely Australia advisory group, the Choosing Wisely International Planning Committee, the ACSQHC’s Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group, and a Research Leader with the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Health Quality Program. Professor Elshaug was a 2010-11 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). From mid-2011 to mid-2013, he then served as NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellow in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy. In parallel, he became The Commonwealth Fund’s Inaugural Visiting Fellow for 2012-13 in New York City.

Co-opted Member: Nick Graves
Nick Graves

Associate Professor Nick Graves.




Nicholas Graves is Professor of Health Economics at Institute of Biomedical and Health Innovation, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology Queensland Health, Australia.

Nicholas Graves  is currently the Academic Director for The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) and  the Academic Director for the Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (CRE-RHAI), Queensland University of Technology / Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

His applied research brings economics to the study of health-care. He has a programme of research that uses Bayesian methods for the synthesis of diverse sources of data that are subsequently used to inform parameters in decision models that address questions about the value of competing investments in health care sector alternatives. He supervises PhD students, teaches economics to post-graduate students and has made research contributions of international significance publishing in Nature, BMJ, AIDS, Health Economics, Lancet Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Infectious Diseases and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Public Officer, Rosalie Viney

Public Officer – Rosalie Viney


BEc (Hons) (UTas), MEc (UTas), PhD (USyd)


Rosalie is Director of CHERE and Professor of Health Economics at UTS. Rosalie has a PhD in economics from the University of Sydney. Her PhD research focused on the use of discrete choice experiments to value health outcomes and investigate the assumptions underlying Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs). She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s Economics Sub-Committee.

Past President: Jackie Cumming
Jackie Cumming

Jackie Cumming, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


BA, (Auck), MA (1st class Hons),(Auck), Dip Health Econ (Tromso), PhD, Public Policy (VUW)


Jackie Cumming became Director of the Health Services Research Centre in 2001. She originally joined the Centre as a Research Fellow in 1993. She has qualifications in both economics and public policy. Jackie previously worked for a number of government departments and agencies, including the Public Health Commission and the Department/Ministry of Health, and spent time on secondment to the Health Services Taskforce and the Core Services Committee secretariat. Her research interests include health economics and health policy issues, particularly priority setting, core services, economic evaluation and health services structures and policy.

Dr Katherine Harding



Katherine Harding is a Principal Research Fellow with the Allied Health Clinical Research Office at Eastern Health, a joint initiative between Eastern Health, Victoria, and La Trobe University.  She began her career as an Occupational Therapist, went on to complete a Masters of Public Health from James Cook University in 2010, and received her PhD in the field of prioritisation and triage systems for Allied Health Services from La Trobe University in 2013. 

Katherine has become a well-established Health Services Researcher, with interests in the areas of improving access to outpatient and community health services, improving outcomes after rehabilitation, and enhancing research education, training and culture within clinical settings.  In her current role, Katherine provides research training and support for allied health clinicians, promotes research activity and leads a range of projects within Eastern Health.  She is a current recipient of a Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship funded by the Medical Research Future Fund, supporting research into methods for reducing waiting time for paediatric therapy services in the community. 

Indigenous Rep: Natalie Bryant

Natalie Bryant



Natalie Bryant is the Assistant Director, Mental Health Care at the Inde-pendent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). In this role, she is responsible for the delivery of a new classification system for mental health care for the purpose of activity based funding. Natalie has been with IHPA for over three years working across the program management, costing and mental health care sections.

Natalie is currently on secondment to NSW Health as the ABF Workstream Manager for mental health and subacute care with the ABF Taskforce. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of major strategic reform in relation to mental health and subacute care, including the implementation of the new Australian Mental Health Care Classifica-tion.


Janet McDonald
Janet McDonald, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

Janet McDonald, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

Janet McDonald is a senior research fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. She is a qualitative researcher who has contributed to a wide range of health services research projects, including literature review, policy and programme evaluation, preparation of discussion documents and the 2014 revision of the NZ health system profile produced by the WHO. She is currently working on a Health Research Council of NZ funded evaluation of the development and impact of changes in community pharmacy services.


She also has an interest in family/informal care, having completed a Masters’ project about ‘young carers’ and a PhD about the experiences and learning of family carers who manage ‘technical health procedures’ (such as renal dialysis or tube feeding) at home.

Megan Campbell
Megan Campbell, Centre Manager, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)

Megan Campbell, Centre Manager, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)

Megan has been Centre Manager of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) since the Centre’s inception in 2011. She leads all aspects of the day-to-day running of AusHSI, including the centre’s communication, engagement, funding and implementation activities. She has over 15 years’ experience in complex, large-scale research program development and management for organisations such as Queensland Health and Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and brings to AusHSI highly developed skills in research governance, risk management and stakeholder engagement.

Megan is Program Leader of Health Services Research within the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT, providing leadership in the strategic development of health services research opportunities, and facilitating and supporting interdisciplinary research collaborations and health industry partnerships on behalf of AusHSI and QUT.

Megan sits on a number of governance boards for research organisations including the CRC for Wound Management Innovation, and the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research. Megan’s health communications training includes a residency with the world renowned Mayo Clinic. Over the past 10 years she has played a role in obtaining more than 50 internationally and nationally competitive grants for the teams she has managed.

Rachel Morton

Professor Morton is a health economist at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney and leader in the economic evaluation of treatments in cancer and chronic kidney disease. She has a MScMed (Clin Epi)(Hons) and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Sydney, and her research program focuses on the incorporation of patient-centred and economic outcomes into clinical trials that facilitate policy decision making on the basis of cost-effectiveness. She currently leads economic evaluations for 11 trials including diagnostic test evaluation, interventions in genomic information provision, surgery, and advance care planning. Her methodological research interests include patient reported outcomes for health system valuation, preference elicitation using discrete choice experiments, and value of information analysis. Since 2013, A/Prof Morton has published over 85 research articles in high impact medical and health services research journals and been awarded $32M in competitive research funding from NHMRC, Cancer Australia, DoH and the EU




Indigenous Representative - Kirsten Smiler

Indigenous Rep – Kirsten Smiler


Kirsten Smiler (Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whakatōhea) joined the Health Services Research Centre, Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington at the end of 2004.  Kirsten completed her MA thesis (Applied Linguistics) which focuses on issues of language and identity for Māori members of the New Zealand Deaf community in 2004 and has an undergraduate degree in Māori studies. Kirsten is currently a Co-Investigator of Rangatahi Sexual and Reproductive Health Project co-funded by the Health Research Council and Ministry of Health, and her PhD exploreds the nature and impacts of early intervention for Māori Deaf/hearing-impaired children and their whānau.  Kirsten’s research interests and experience include research work with the Deaf Studies Research Unit, linguistic variation in New Zealand Sign Language, deaf people and their families. Kirsten is also interested in rangatahi Māori, youth wellbeing, health services, and disability politics.

Tilley Pain - ERGO Representative


Tilley is a Principal Research Fellow at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University. Her clinical background is in medical laboratory sciences and she completed her PhD in cardiac physiology. Tilley moved into primary health care research after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the United States. Her role in the Health Service is to build research capacity of allied health professionals and over the last seven years has increased the research activity resulting in approximately 50 allied health research projects, 9 PhD students across the service and numerous grants. Her research interests include research capacity, economic evaluations of allied health new models of care and evaluations of service delivery.



Liliana Laranjo

Liliana Laranjo

My name is Liliana Laranjo.  I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Informatics—Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University.

My background includes a medical degree (2007), General Practice Fellowship (Portugal, 2014), a Master of Public Health from Harvard University (2013), and a PhD with Honours and Distinction (Lisbon Medical School, October 2015). My PhD thesis was entitled ‘Person-centred care and health information technology in Portugal – implications for chronic care and health quality improvement’ and reflected my early interest in Health Services Research. 

My postdoctoral research has been focused on person-centred health informatics, particularly the design, development, and implementation of informatics interventions for patient activation, chronic disease management, and primary prevention. As a physician, I have always been interested in person-centred care and health services quality improvement, a perspective that I actively maintain and seek to apply in my research.

As an Early Career Researcher, I already have a national and international profile for my work in health informatics. I have authored peer-reviewed publications with several institutions worldwide and published in the best journals in my field. In the past 5 years, I was an invited speaker in 5 conferences (4 international) and keynote speaker in 2 international conferences. I have been an Editorial board member for the BMJ Open since 2016 and I regularly review for the peak international journals in my field.

I believe I can add considerable value to the Association by advocating for—and promoting excellence in—health services research. I am very motivated to advance the Association’s mission, as well as contribute to its activities with my time, expertise, and enthusiasm.

Emmanuel Gnanamanickam

Emmanuel Gnanamanickam


Emmanuel is a health and human services researcher with expertise in working with large, linked administrative and electronic health record data and health economics as well as emerging expertise in big-data science. His health services research has spanned, maternal and neonatal health, oral health, dementia and aged care and currently, cardiology and child protection and has been involved in health systems evaluations in India and in Australia.

He holds academic and industry positions in health services research at UniSA and SA Health. He completed his PhD in 2016 examining the cost-effectiveness of dental insurance and has masters level qualifications in both public health and social work. His previous work includes oral health promotion, primary health service management among indigenous groups, second stage tsunami rehabilitation, and migrant health.

Priya Martin

Priya Martin

Priya Martin is an early career health services researcher and health professional educator with an interest in improving the safety and quality of healthcare. She trained as an occupational therapist and currently works as an interprofessional advanced clinical educator in Queensland Health. She is also an adjunct research fellow at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School. Her professional experience spans several clinical, education, training and research roles in Australia and overseas, in private and public sectors and academia. As of October 2018, she has 23 peer-reviewed publications, 15 scholarships and grants and 12 prestigious awards and prizes. In 2018, she was named one of top 10 exceptional young leaders in the Queensland public service (across local, state and federal government) and one of the top eleven early career researchers in the state of Queensland, Australia. She recently completed an award-winning PhD in Health Sciences through the University of South Australia on factors that contribute to high quality clinical supervision of allied health professionals. Priya’s PhD was undertaken via publication which resulted in nine peer-reviewed papers, with the tenth paper currently under review. One of her PhD papers was awarded the HSRAANZ best PhD paper award at the association’s conference in 2017. Her areas of research expertise include health services research (workforce education and training, clinical supervision, interprofessional education and collaborative practice), mixed methods designs, program evaluation and rural workforce.

Janet McDonald

Janet McDonald

Janet McDonald is a senior research fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. She has worked at the centre since 2003, doing qualitative work on a variety of policy and programme evaluations as well as pursuing her interest in family care through her Masters and PhD. She is currently contributing to a Health Research Council of New Zealand-funded evaluation of the development and impact of changes in community and primary health care pharmacy services in New Zealand, and an Ageing Well National Science Challenge project exploring the implications of declining home ownership/rising rental tenure among older people (‘Life when renting’).

Janet was elected to the HSRAANZ executive in December 2016 and would welcome the opportunity to continue contributing to the association’s work supporting health services researchers, particularly on the New Zealand side of ‘the ditch’. She is currently a member of the organising committee for the 2019 Auckland conference.

Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson

Professor Suzanne Robinson is the Director of the Health Systems and Health Economics group and Executive member of the Curtin Health Data Analytics Hub at Curtin University. Suzanne has been awarded competitive research grants from international and national funding agencies. She has been involved in leading health systems and health economics projects that have had major impact on government reform initiatives.  In Australia she has been successful in leading the WA Primary Health Alliance and Curtin Partnership aimed at undertaking translational research and evaluation activity in primary care commissioning in WA. She is also part of the successful academic and health sector consortium that secured over $200 million in industry and Federal Government funding to support research innovation in Digital Health in Australian, Suzanne is the co-lead for the WA arm of this consortia. 

In addition to her research Suzanne is also passionate about her teaching and capacity building work. She’s led the design development and delivery of a number of post graduate teaching programmes and executive leadership programmes in Australia and internationally.  She also coaches and mentors health professionals supporting them in their leadership and career journeys. In 2015 Suzanne awarded the Australasian College of Health Services Managers (ACHSM) Innovation and Excellence Award for her work in health systems research and capacity building. Suzanne is also elected committee member of the Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand, Australasian College of Health Services Management, International Society for Priority Setting and Co-Editor of the Journal of Health Organisation and Management.   

Suzanne has served on the HSRAANZ executive since December 2014. If re-elected onto the HSRAANZ committee Suzanne would look to facilitate stronger links between WA and HSRAANZ and support the Association in its aim to build sustainability and facilitate communication across, and between researchers and policymakers in Australia and New Zealand. She would also look to develop stronger links between HSRAANZ the Journal of Health Organisation and Management, with a focus on the integration of publication opportunities especially for PhD and early career researchers.

Julie Redfern

Julie Redfern

Julie Redfern is an Associate Professor in Westmead Clinical School at the University of Sydney and a practicing physiotherapist.  She holds a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and is co-Chair of the Exercise, Prevention and Rehabilitation Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Jule serves on many national and international committees, and has been a NHMRC panel member on many occasions, has won prestigious prizes, is Editor for several journals, has been awarded over $100 million in peer-reviewed grants and published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-ranking journals.

Julie is experienced at presenting and has made > 50 presentations (35 invited) in the past 5 years at major international and national scientific conferences.She also has extensive leadership experience and represented Australia at the 2015 World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders Program in Peru.



Dr Alison Pearce

Alison Pearce is a health economist interested in the various costs of cancer. Her research aims to use health services research and health economics to improve cancer care by providing relevant, reliable information for decision making. Currently based at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Alison teaches introductory health economics and conducts research in the areas of oncology patient preferences and productivity loss. Alison’s original training was in occupational therapy, and she remains interested in rehabilitation research. She also has keen interests in early career researcher development, communicating research to the public, and the use of social media in academia.

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