So you’ve joined the HSRAANZ. What next? Here are a few suggestions for how you can get involved and get the most out of your membership.

Keep up-to-date with health services research news

Keep an eye on our website and our fortnightly HSRAANZ Bulletin - delivering health and health services research news, events, careers and funding opportunities direct to members’ inboxes.

Promote and share your work, achievements and opinions and network with colleagues

We are keen to promote the best in health services research and to contribute to health policy. Do you have news that will be of interest to the wider HSR community? Have you had a promotion, publishing or funding success or do you have a strong opinion that we could include on our website, or in our weekly bulletin. Members can now submit posts for publication on our website by logging in and going to http://www.hsraanz.org/submit-a-post/.

Members can also submit comments on news posts on our website. So join the conversation.

Or are you looking for a piece of information or do you want to make contact with colleagues working on similar research or with specific skills? Then send us the details and we will try to link you up.

Keep your membership profile up to date by logging on at http://www.hsraanz.org/hsraanz-member-login/

Include your research interests and expertise and we will be able to hook you up with people looking for collaborators.

Attend one of our monthly Webinars or propose a topic

The HSRAANZ presents regular health services research webinars. This is a great opportunity to present and discuss your research with a national and international audience and to discuss the latest HSR methods, without having to travel. You can propose a topic at http://www.hsraanz.org/hsraanz-webinar-abstract-submission/ and view past webinars at http://www.hsraanz.org/past-events/.

Present your work and make new contacts at our biennial Conference

Submit an abstract for HSRAANZ’s biennial Health Services and Policy Research Conference. The pre-eminent health services research event in Australasia, the conference features key international speakers and a strong line-up of speakers from Australia and New Zealand, too. It includes special sessions and workshops for early career researchers, and activities for corporate members. There is ample time for time for proffered papers, and posters and to hear from and exchange views with policy makers. Keep an eye on the conference page on our website for key announcements.

Give back to health services research

Become a mentor or mentee. Our 2016 Mentoring Program is well underway and we will be calling for a new set of mentees in early 2017 so keep an eye on our website.

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of our annual awards

The application process for the 2017 Awards will open early next year. More details can be found at http://www.hsraanz.org/awards-prizes/#5.\

Volunteer

The Association relies upon volunteers. It is managed by a voluntary executive committee which is elected every two years. The next elections will take place at the end of 2016. Keep an eye out for the call for nominations and take an active role in your association.

You can also volunteer for the Conference Organising Committee or Scientific Committee.

Or is there is a specific issue that you would like to see the Association pursue. Maybe you would like to propose it to the executive committee and volunteer to assist with its development.

Post an upcoming conference, workshop or seminar

Our website promotes upcoming health conferences and events that will be of interest to health services researchers. You can now post events yourself by going to http://www.hsraanz.org/events/community/add.

Advertise a career opportunity

Do you know of a job, fellowship or funding opportunity? You can now post details http://www.hsraanz.org/post-an-opportunity/.

Join one of our Special Interest Groups or propose your own

Have you thought about joining one of our special interest groups (Emerging Researchers’ Group and Indigenous Health Services Research Group) or even proposing your own group? Visit http://www.hsraanz.org/special-interest-groups/

for more information.

Fundraising

The Association is funded solely from members’ subscriptions, income from the biennial conference and events and fundraising. Can you contribute to the longevity of the Association through fundraising and sponsorship activities?

Identify New Members

Be proactive in promoting the Association and its activities to your colleagues. Let us know if you need any publicity material or know of people or groups who really should be a member of the Association.

Provide feedback

We welcome any feedback on our current activities and suggestions for the future.

To follow up on any of these ideas contact sarah.green@chere.uts.edu.au.