• 24 OCT 19
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    Health Services and Policy Research Conference – New Workshop Announced!

    HSRAANZ 2019 is only 6 weeks away!  Standard Registration Fee closes 15 November

    New workshop announced!

    A new workshop been added to the pre and post conference workshop program -   Reducing Waiting Time for Community Outpatient Services using the STAT Model. This workshop will be presented Friday 6 December 2019 by Katherine Harding and  Professor Nicholas Taylor from Eastern Health Clinical Research Office and La Trobe University,  together with Annie Lewis from  Eastern Health and Dr David Snowdon at Peninsula Health.

    Timely access to health services is an important aspect of appropriate and effective care and the STAT (Specific & Timely Appointments for Triage) model has been developed to re-think how referrals are managed in high demand, ambulatory services.

    High levels of demand and long waiting lists are major challenges for providers of health services.  Outpatient and community based services are often particularly affected by long waiting lists, leading to anxiety, inequity and poorer health outcomes for patients seeking services, and stress and reduced job satisfaction for service providers.

    However, waiting lists for outpatient and ambulatory services are not inevitable. An extensive body of research conducted as a partnership between La Trobe University and Eastern health, in Melbourne, Australia, led by Professor Nick Taylor and Dr Katherine Harding, sheds light on the factors behind waiting lists for these services, and a practical, evidence-based approach to addressing the problem. Their STAT model for access and triage has been rigorously tested and shown to substantially reduce waiting time. Over the last 12 months, training in implementation of the STAT model has been conducted with more than 50 services and 250 clinicians and managers across Victoria.

    Participants in this half day workshop will learn the theory and evidence behind the model, and participate in a series of practical, interactive discussions and activities to learn how to apply the STAT model to reduce waiting time at their services.

    What previous participants say about STAT….

     “This has been great for our service. Our physio and podiatry wait times have decreased, and patients are happy as they get a quicker service.” (West Wimmera Health Service)

    “I have loved STAT because it not only gives managers a tangible way to improve the timely service and access for clients, but it allows us to be accountable and efficient with the resources we have to maximise capacity and service delivery.” (Northeast Health, Wangaratta)

    For more information about the STAT model, visit www.easternhealth.org.au/STATmodel

    Workshop Flyer 

    In addition we are offering two Pre-conference Workshops Tuesday 3 December, 2019.


    •             Indigenous Pre-Conference Hui (Workshop) facilitated by Dr Rachel Brown (for Indigenous delegates only), and

    •             Achieving impact through research: An introduction to implementation science - Professor Gill Harvey,  University of Adelaide, and Professor Tim Stokes,  University of Otago.


    Register for the  workshops and HSRAANZ 2019 Conference here!




    With over 350 abstracts submitted,  it augurs well for a diverse and comprehensive program, with sessions of interest to all of those involved in the many aspects of health services research.



    We have a fantastic  line up of invited speakers and panellists and we are excited to provide a platform for them to share their stories, provide key insights and advice, and inspire.


    • Dr. Carrie Bourassa - IIPH Scientific Director, College of Medicine, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada
    • Professor Richard Cookson - Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK
    • Dame Tariana Turia DNZM, New Zealand
    • Professor Peter Crampton -  Dean, Otago Medical School, University of Otago, New Zealand
    • Debbie Ryan - Principal, Pacific Perspectives


    There will also be a special session sponsored by HCF Research Foundation -  Reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and complications.


    In addition to traditional oral and poster sessions,  there are twenty eight  featured symposia scheduled in special sessions of the conference program with a small number of parallel symposiums in each session.  You can view all symposia and abstracts here.


    The Conference Organising Committee look forward to welcoming you in Auckland 4-6 December 2019!


    Thank you to our major sponsors – HCF Research Foundation, Ministry of Health (NZ) and PHARMAC.




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