Australian Medical Research and Innovation - Five Year Strategy
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.
Jane P Hall and Rosalie C Viney
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:
sustained funding to encourage methodological rigour and build decisionmakers’ confidence; and
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.